is a wedding video worth it?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
583 posts
Busy bee

Best tip ever: ask your photographer if they can do some video clips with their camera.  Most photogs have that capability, ours said that he would gladly do some video clips of specific moments.  I definitely want the speeches recorded, and maybe our vows.  Other than that, I don’t see the need for video so this is a perfect situation.  We also have a 2nd shooter so we can still have photos of things that are videoed.

Post # 4
10287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I wanted a videographer but it wasn’t in the budget. My SIL ended up recording our ceremony using a basic flip cam and it came out great. It’s far from professional quality but it was free so I can’t really complain. If you can get someone trustworthy to position themselves in an aisle seat towards the front, they’ll be able to capture the whole ceremony. If you want the reception recorded as well, that may be a bit more difficult but for us, the ceremony was all that really mattered. 

Post # 5
8915 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would at least have someone do it, even if it’s not a professional. We watched my parent’s video a while ago, so funny to see all the old hair styles and moustaches, lol.

Post # 8
705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 1993

I don’t think you should ask your guests to film the wedding, to be honest.  Just let them enjoy the event without having a responsiblity, you know?


But to answer your question, YES a wedding video is definitely ‘worth it’.  I got a great deal on mine though, so depending on how expensive this is in your area my opinion might change.

Post # 9
5107 posts
Bee Keeper

My sister in law has an amazing camera. She was recording special moments without us knowing and put it all together for me as a surprise… I am SO happy she did.

Post # 10
2777 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Same dilema here, we are thinking camcorder might be the way to go.

Post # 11
254 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

They always seemed cheesy to me but nobody in my family gets them. My only experience with wedding videos is seeing them on America’s Funniest Home Videos as a kid! I like the idea of a few guests (who are willing/interested) to take turns with a camcorder. You’d probably get more genuine footage than if a stranger was filming, too. 

Post # 12
3941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i decided on a videographer last minute and I’m so glad that I did.  Here’s a “trailer” of sorts of our video:

I would highly recommend it! I think that most people regret not doing it later.

Post # 13
3696 posts
Sugar bee

We need a video for my mom and FI’s grandmother – and we know that they are the only ones who will ever watch it. We are definitely not going to be hiring a pro, taking money from our budget that would require us to trim our guest list. Fortunately, a couple of friends have volunteered, and we are gratefully accepting their offer.

Post # 14
14725 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We just had a family member record ours with a camcorder my dad has.  A friend of mine suggested having any sort of video is better than none cause the day flies so fast.  His only tip to me, and a great one.. is to make sure you get a tripod too!!  We ended up using a monopod so it was easier to move around, but that worked out great too.  It’ll be well worth it to not have a shaky video

Post # 15
1901 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

If you can swing it I would highly recommend getting one. I have watched mine over and over and over again and I am so glad to have it. Sure photos are important, but there is something about watching me cry through our vows, watching our best man make the whole crowd laugh with his speech and seeing me twirl around with my dad during our father/daughter dance that brings back all the emotions of the day. You just can’t get that from a photograph!

Post # 16
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

In a word–yes!

I really struggled with this one.  When I was hashing this out with a friend she said, “My girls love to watch our video–like their own Cinderella.  Also, there are so many people in the video who we have lost in the years since. It is priceless to me.”

I had a little extra money and added a videographer at the last minute–2 days before the wedding!  My friend’s comments kind of sealed the deal.  Just make sure your videographer knows who the important people are.

It is a little hard to ask someone to do it, but if you know someone is an iPhone/iPad junkie, it’s worth a shot.  I also liked the suggetion about seeing if your photographer can put together a photo montage.

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