Do we need a videographer?

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Honestly? I didn’t miss it. Can you have a friend or family member just film the ceremony with a video camera on a tripod? That’s what I did and I have no regrets. We got an awesome photographer and that’s all I really wanted. It is nice to have the ceremony on video…but I’m really glad I didn’t’ have to pay several thousand dollars for a 5 minute video. They’re certainly beautiful, but I wouldn’t’ want to pay for it.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

depends on you as a person but Majory of people I know haven’t watched their video more than once. a few couples have had a relative to video the ceremony.  I know i would be not inclined to look at the photos again and not necessarily the video.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

My sister in law regrets not having one but like you we have an awesome photographer and we don’t plan on having a video.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I chose to invest in better photography and a nicer and skip the videographer. Some people I know did watch their wedding video and even shared it with family but I do not have an unlimited amount of money to spend on the wedding so this was one thing I was willing to sacrifice as I don’t anticipate watching a wedding video often. I may have a friend set up a camera with tripod in the choir loft of the church. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

We really splurged on our photographer, and I wasn’t going to have any video at all, but felt I would regret not having something. We are using a cinematographer friend of a close’s friend’s fiance to shoot footage (who charges way less than most wedding videographers) and said fiance (who is an editor for a living) is editing it as a wedding present to us. I second the suggestion to use a family member or friend who knows how to shoot video or a film student/ freelance camera person. It doesn’t have to be fancy. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

I had no plans of getting videographer but then my photographer who was a longtime family friend and is still currently in college contacted me about a week before the wedding. She had to make a documentary style video for class and wanted to do one for our wedding. I told her if she didn’t think she’d be overwhelmed by doing both I was ok with it. For someone thinking I would never watch a video more than once I’ve watched it quite a bit. I must say though ours is not a traditional wedding video and if it were I probably wouldn’t watch it much. If you’re interested in seeing it I can send you the link. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I was so worried about regretting no having a videographer! My sister’s best friend came as her plus one and I asked her to film the ceremony, toasts, and first dance, and I am SO glad I did. Our pastor did such an amazing job for our ceremony and I couldn’t remember a thing he said! I was glad to be able to watch it afterword on video. The sound quality was not what you’d get with a videographer, but I don’t think it’s something we will watch many times. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee

The three friends that I have that didn’t have a videographer each say that is their biggest regret from their wedding.

I balked at the price of ours (more than our photographer) but I know it will be something we can watch whenever we want to and can show our children, so for us it wasn’t a question.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

Neither of us wanted one, never doubted that choice for a second and have zero regrets. I did have my cousins wife video the processional and ceremony with my phone. Nice to have but I’ve walked down memory lane viewing that 12 min video all of once since September so that wasn’t a must either. Truthfully I’d forgotten about it until this post. Just depends on what you feel is important.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I just got my raw footage back from my videographer a few weeks ago, and honestly I’ve probably watched it 4-5 times since then. There’s only so much that photos can capture- you miss peoples’ voices, your uncle’s crazy dance moves, and on and on. We had some great moments in our ceremony (like the best man dropping the rings twice during a reading) that will be great to look back on and reminisce. Ours filmed “best wishes” from the bridal party and all of the parents that we got to watch afterwards and it was so great to have.  

Just wanted to give some thoughts from a different side- since most people who have commented so far seem to be on the other side from me. 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

fourthnoel :  Ok, I would have agreed with you before our wedding about the videographer. 

I had booked the video guy who had done all my siblings weddings. His wife then got diagnosed with  an aggressive form of cancer about six weeks before our wedding so he  understandably withdrew from our wedding. I was at a loss so I contacted our florist and decorations lady who runs a wedding a special events business. She has been around for years i trusted her as she had done my  all my siblings weddings beautifully in the past. as part of her wedding events company she offered video packages and photography. she told me she had a  professional video guy who had worked for her for two years. she showed me a copy of his work and it seemed good. our wedding came along and our video guy was a 21 year old kid but again i trusted him because he worked for this lady.

We got our video back and it was nothing like the video I was shown. Sound quality was atrocious and we had no footage of our vows. We couldn’t get a hold of this woman so we Facebook stalked our video guy and managed to get his number to talk to him. When we questioned why and how this was our video, this kid told us it was his first wedding and he’d set up his camera during the vows in the wrong position and the priest ended up standing between the camera and us effectively giving us no usable vision. He told us he was a third year media student at university and this lady we trusted contacted him through his gumtree ad. We paid her $2,500 for a professional video with a professional videographer and she gave us a uni student with no experience. she kept 2k and paid this kid 500 bucks.

We successfully took this to court and we got our money back and damages because the contract we signed stated the videographer was a professional and the judge deemed professional meant someone with actual experience. I am still upset over this years later as me and hubby have never been able to watch our video. As i said before our wedding I would have thought the same but after what happened, i’d say the day goes quickly and it would be lovely to have a record of the day. I wish we did…

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

Need? No. I was just lamenting I wished we had gotten one, but I wouldn’t have sacrificed anything that we did have to get it. If it is a choice between venue and videographer, I’d go with the venue. It sets up everything else!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

cmsgirl :  Damn, that’s insane! I’m so sorry that that happened to you!

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

libellules :  i never wish ill will to anyone but that lady has me questioning my stance. I really don’t understand why she did it. My parents paid for all of our weddings and she’d worked with us before. We were never the type to nickle and dime. we never once haggled price of services, whatever the quote was, is what we paid in full and way before the due date. She did however during one meeting lament the cost of her daughters private education which I know runs at 30k a year at that particular school… Maybe money was tight but she could have gotten more out of us by inflating her quote instead of the video thing. My parents would have paid whatever based on the rapport we built with her through previous weddings. if we wanted a kid off gumtree we would have hired from their ourselves. We went to her because we trusted her..

Anyway…karma must be a true thing because she wrapped up her business pretty soon after…

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