(Closed) GoPro instead of videographer

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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carlatta84 :  It depends on how important a wedding video is for you. If a videographer is totally out of your budget and not even a possibility – sure have a gopro up. Keep in mind you likely won’t be able to hear your ceremony from it. DH uses them a lot for various things and while they pick up sound well, not for something like trying to hear a wedding ceremony over ambient noise. I definitely wouldn’t consider it a substiute for a wedding videographer.

I  know a lot of people don’t consider them a necessity….and maybe they aren’t. Sure there will always be people who say they didn’t have one and didn’t miss it. I just know that I loved my video and I”m so glad I have it. 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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carlatta84 :  if the choice is between a go pro and a videographer, get the videographer. You’re not going to get the video you want from the go pro. But if the voice is go pro or nothing, then why the hell not. Just don’t have high expectations.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

What about going old school and getting a video camera, set it up on a tripod? Then have someone go around and get guest reactions? It worked for our parents lol

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I think if you don’t have high expectations go for it ! We wanted a videogropher but in our area it’s about $3500 starting so we will have my brother who’s a blogger use the go pro, he did mention the sound thing and said he can edit the video and do voice  over’s so you can probably play with that and do a nice voice over? I probably won’t do it and wing it with the sound that I get and if needed will just add music to the background and call it a day!  We knew we wanted a go pro for our honeymoon and we had extra money to throw in one of those drones to! If your not looking to have those fancy youtube wedding videos I say go for it. Do you have colleges by you? see if there are students who’s willing to get experience. We had a few that I still think about possibly using. Good Luck!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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carlatta84 :  A girl I know used a couple different GoPros for the wedding. One was manned by a friend who recorded everyone walking in, the audience, reactions, etc. The other was strategically placed in her bouquet so that their vows would be heard clearly, and so she could look back at everyone’s reactions. I think they also took both GoPros around during getting ready, and passed them around at the reception. This is what Fiance and I are planning on doing for our wedding, but he already has 2 GoPros so there won’t be any cost for us. I would look around and see if you have any friends that have a GoPro that they would let you borrow so you could have an extra. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

You won’t get a professional video from some random guest holding a go pro. It could be fun at the reception and honey moon, but do not bank on this as the only video of your ceremony. You would get better results hiring a student. 

Fwiw we didn’t have a videographer and I didn’t miss it. We had a great photographer and that was enough. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

It depends on your expectations. Will it document the wedding? Sure. Will it be a quality video in terms of image and sound? No.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

We did this, and it didn’t work very well.  It was too far away during the ceremony so none of the sound picked up, and my fiance was blocked by a chandelier through the whole video.  We did get a cute video of our first look, but not much else beyond that….it felt like an imposition to ask people to hold the thing during the reception and once the daylight went down, the image on the camera just went black (meaning it didn’t film in a low-lit room at all).  It’s also hard to watch the video because it’s so shaky as people are moving around with the camera.  In reality we have about 5 min of usable footage from our whole day.  But in the end, I guess it’s better than nothing since we never had the budget for a videographer.  

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

P.S. If your groom is a techy you’ll probably end up with your pro photos looking like this too, LOL!  He did not want to put the darn thing down during our pre-ceremony pics. 

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Bumble bee

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carlatta84 :  HAHAH!  Mine wanted to put it on a droid and have the thing buzzing above us during the ceremony.  In a restaurant.  Seriously.  

I think our guys would get along 🙂

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