(Closed) DIY Videography

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Hi there – I’m wondering the same thing about DIY video….

your idea sounds great. Do they have examples posted of their work??


Please send me the link to the companies! 🙂

Post # 4
767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I have never done this myself but I am interested in hearing what people have to say….I would just  be selective as to whom is giving the cameras – i.e. NOT your drunk frat boy cousin….you might get some footage that is less than desirable 🙂

Post # 5
33 posts
  • Wedding: October 2005

We did a DIY video a few years ago.  We supplied tapes and asked guests to bring their own cameras and video for us.  If I had it to do again, I would hire a videographer.  The video quality is not great.  The picture is dark and grainy.  My dress was ivory, but looks greenish in the video.  The sound is really bad.  You can’t really hear our vows and you can barely hear the toasts.  After a while, our guests stopped filming because they were too interested in having fun.  I can’t really blame them though, we did invite them to have fun. We have parts of our ceremony and only half of our first dance because they turned the cameras off to join us.  No one caught me dancing with my grandfather, who has since passed, and there are little pieces here and there of everything else, but nothing worth looking at. 


My sister hired a videographer because of my disasterous DIY experience and I’m jealous.  Hers is so well done and mine is a bad home video.  Even if these outside companies can edit the video together for you, there is nothing they can do with the poor picuture and sound from cheap cameras (We asked my sister’s videographer if they could edit our stuff into a nice video.  After looking at the footage, they said that they could edit it, but there wasn’t much they could do to fix it).


My advice to any Bees considering DIY video is to really think about how important the quality of the video is to you.  If it’s important that you hear your vows and toasts and see all your important moments in a clear and perfect picture, hire a professional.  If you’re okay with it no matter how it turns out, try DIY.  The difference in the quality between mine and my sister’s video is so obvious.  We spent nothing on our wedding video and definitley got what we paid for.  My sister spend less money on her videographer than she did on her photographer and she watches her video much more than she looks at her album.  We tell everyone to at least try to fit in a videographer if you can.  It really is worth it in the end.  Hope this helps. 

Post # 6
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

thank you for your advice bridalbell. gahhhh, I’m not sure I can stretch my budget any more…. but I will try!!

Post # 8
6391 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I just wanted to chime in a bit :). I think the DIY route is great for brides who are more interested in just having a wedding video. For example, one of my friends’ FIs wanted a wedding video so they could have something to watch if they have a fight or something like they do on tv :). Perfect example of a time for DIY video!

For me, we’re shelling out a ton on a photographer, so I’m not really that worried about having great video. I’m just handing a Flip off to a friend and having him tape the ceremony only. It’s definitely about priorities!

Post # 9
2161 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I just got my video back and it is my most cherished momento from my wedding.  I love my pictures so much, but to see and hear that day is priceless.

Post # 10
2 posts
  • Wedding: August 2014

I think DIY videography is a good idea for those on a budget. It won’t be perfect quality, but I believe it’s worth it for the price and to at least have some video of the wedding day. Watching these DIY wedding videos, I still think they are nicely edited and meaningful to those couples- http://make.switchcam.com/why-switchcam/


Post # 11
9575 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

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rdolishny:  this is a 2 year old thread, firstly. Second of all… Unless your guests are a bunch of cinematographers and you’re an editor… theres just no way any DIY option can compete with a legit videographer. I think it’s a cool idea as long as youre not expecting a quality outcome. 

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