Post # 1
Hi everyone! Fi and I are in a dilemma. We originally planned an awesome 10-day honeymoon in Puerto Rico for about $2500-3000 which included a few nights in a vacation rental home (WHOOHOO)! EDIT: I will add that based on our beliefs, we’re both virgins so this will be pretty special for us.
But then I saw a ton of bring-you-to-tears amazing wedding videos, and I realized that I would really like one, and would kind of regret it if we didn’t have one (darnit!). I researched a ton and found a really good beginner (only one wedding highlight video released, who shoots on a DSLR camera) who would film our wedding for 10 hours, and edit a 3-5 minute wedding highlight video, all for $1500. A 20+ wedding film is $2300
Fi mentioned that we could reduce the honeymoon budget, but he also said we could increase the overall budget of the wedding to include the videographer. We are both working right now, but are going to school again in Fall ’13. However we both have a lot saved up, FI might get a full-ride scholarship for med school thru the military, and our parents are contributing to the wedding more than we expected.
What do you think?
Is it worth it for the videographer with limited experience and only a DSLR?
If so, should we go for the 3-5 minute highlight or the 20+ minute film?
Would you reduce the honeymoon a few days?
Would you nix the videographer and keep the honeymoon as is?
Would you increase the total wedding budget?
A combo of solutions?
Any other creative ideas?
Thanks in advance, ladies 🙂
Post # 3
@toasty: I’d opt for Wedit – It’s a company that rents you several digital video cameras, you have several people shoot the ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner etc, they edit together a video that’s like 5 minutes, but they also give you all the raw footage. That would free up lots of money for your honeymoon and you’d still have a great video!
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2012 - Prairie Production- Chicago (loft)
I would decrease the honeymoon money and get the videographer. 5-7 days will still be a great trip, and with that you will also have a video to cherish for years. You can always take more vacations, but you won’t be able to make another video like this. Or maybe increase your budget just a tiny but, but still cut down on the vacation by a day or two.
Post # 5
Thanks for the suggestions!! I will definitely check out the wedit site 😀
Post # 6
I’m not sure if you are interested or not in my videographer (he is LA based, so I’m sure would go to SD).
Negatives: Ok first of all, he is totally old school. He is definitely a “behind the camera” kind of guy and if you meet him, you will not be impressed. The graphics on the video are very 90’s and outdated. He gives you a song list for the video full of old songs (although I think now you can give him anything from youtube).
Positives: He captures EVERYTHING. I just got my video back and it is 4 hours long. We also got a 20 minute highlight video. He doesn’t miss anything. He has a lot of experience. He is also very cheap. His smallest package is $1200- and it includes enough!
Word of advice- if you decide to go with a videographer, figure out what is important to you. For us, we wanted someone to document the day. We did not necessarily want someone to make a cool video with amazing graphics. But we wanted a video that we could watch later on, that would remind us about the feel of the wedding, so we could show our kids the ceremony and the reception.
I don’t know what I’m even trying to get at– I think just that if you go with a videographer, make sure you get your money’s worth. To me, receiving a 3-5 minute video is not worth $1500.
Post # 8
We got married about 20 years ago. We had a video shot my a friend who was a keen amateur. She didn’t edit it. She gave us about an hour of raw, unedited video. I love watching it every now and then, it catches so much. Including footage of some dear people who have since died.
Our friend did a good job, but like I said she was a keen amateur videoer. If you get friends to video it (using Wedit), try to get people who have some experience.
My problem with the 3-5 minute package is that so much will be left out. If he gives you the raw footage, that would be good. I don’t think I’d care so much for a 3-5 minute highlight video. Certainly better than nothing, but it’s a lot of money.
Here’s another thought. We were virgins ourselves, and let’s just say some days we spent a lot of our time indoors 🙂 Or at least relaxing around our villa. You might want to consider having a cheaper 10 day honeymoon closer to home, and going to PR another time?!
Post # 9
For me, reducing the honeymoon budget wouldn’t be worth it for a 3-5 minute video. I would MUCH rather spend as much time being a newlywed couple in all it’s sexy, giddy, romp in the sheets for days straight, glory. At the end of the day you all really have to prioritize. Would you rather look back at your 3-5 minute wedding video or look at pictures and relive memories from your incredible honeymoon?
Post # 10
I wouldn’t reduce the honeymoon budget for a 5 minute video. But for a proper, full length video, I would. I would find a videographer who does better deals and then reduce the honeymoon budget. My reasoning is this: honeymoons were designed for an age when people didn’t travel abroad much, so your honeymoon might be the only chance you had to see the world. This is no longer true, in this age of budget travel. People take holidays with their other halves all the time, and you’ll have other chances to have an awesome holiday in the future. However, you won’t have another chance to get an awesome wedding video.
… besides, if you are planning to spend most of the honeymoon in the bedroom anyway, you won’t get much time to see the sights no matter where you are, LOL!
Post # 11
I don’t think that a video is ever worth it. People almost never watch them anywhere near the cost.
I would have a friend shoot a video on a home camera if you really wanted a video, but I’d keep the honeymoon exactly as it is.
Post # 12
I wouldn’t reduce it for just the highlight video. If you had the full length video it would be worth it though. It is something that you would have for a much longer time.
Post # 13
Thanks everyone for your input!! FI and I will further discuss very soon 🙂
Post # 14
Your honeymoon is a WAY bigger deal than video. I promise – it isn’t something you’re going to look at very often, especially once you’re more than 6 months out from your wedding. Have a kickass honeymoon – the wedding is enough of a money sink!
Post # 15
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I have never, ever watched anyone’s wedding video, not my parents’, not my husband’s parents, not my best friend’s. I do love those cute teaser videos people post sometimes, but I find that the photographs are the things I want to see. I’m not really that into the whole videography thing. I know for some people it is really important, but to me it is just not worth the investment. Studies show that people get the most enjoyment and satisfaction in the long run from experiences, not things, even things that remind them of those experiences, so spend the money on LIVING!
Post # 16
Video technology is always changing. From VCR to laser disc to DVD to Bluray. Chances are in ten years you won’t have the right equipment to play the video.
Honeymoon memories will last a lifetime!