(Closed) Is it worth it to hire a Videographer?

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Well everyone knows my answer, I’ve posted my video on this site. We were always planning on getting a videographer at least to tape our vows, then the cold hard realization kicked in that because of our wedding date and venue, no videographer was willing to do it for cheap. IN fact, they flat out told us we couldn’t book the least expensive package. So we spent a fortune, but in my opinion it was totally worth it. You go through so much trouble to plan a beautiful event and it’s the most important day in your whole life so you might as well have a professional tape it.

Post # 18
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I am having one and it was something we knew we wanted from the get-go.  Every one I have talked to who hasn’t had one has said that they regretted it.

Post # 19
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794 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We hired a videographer that was a sister company of our photographers.  We got the cheapest package only $625 for 1 camera for 4 hours.  We figured all we really cared about was the vows and the first dance.  We are still waiting on the video but honestly I can’t wait to see it.  Now with everything digital, this company tries to make it “viewer-friendly” by having a movie trailer, full length movie, bloopers, chapter selections, etc.  The reason why we really wanted a video was I know marriage is not always going to be easy and I wanted to be able to pop in the video whenever things got tough to remind us what we said and how we felt.  I think it will be pretty special

 

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Yes.

I love our photos absolutely to death, but I don’t know if I could stand it if that were all that we had to record the day. I’m in the waiting period now where we have all our pro photos but haven’t seen the full video yet, and I’m looking forward to it so, so much. This was a splurge for us, since I wanted a videographer who would have the skills, experience and talent to edit our footage to fully reflect all the emotions of ourselves, our families and our friends.

Our same-day edit – when my mom saw this at the reception, she immediately said “Okay, I get it now. WORTH EVERY PENNY.” http://elysiumblog.com/?postID=350&a-heavenly-day-in-washington-delille-cellars-wa

 

Post # 22
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Bumble bee

GOOD VIDEO IS A MUST!! My Fiance is new to our family, and I am the youngest. My two brothers and sister were all married to their spouses 7 years or more ago.

When we started planning he asked is he could see their pictures or what they did (he is adorably involved, not too much, but interested). Well, I showed him the albums and I kept trying to describe the feeling of events to him, but it just wasn’t coming across. Then we asked to borrow their wedding videos (which they each watch on every anniversary… so cute and they cry every year) and after watching them he understood the energy in the room that I was trying so hard to describe! It captures the moment in ways that photography simply can’t. Because of that experience and the fact that we both want to watch it every year, it was our big priority. 

Post # 23
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751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Hire one.  You will never regret having a video of your wedding, but you will totally regret NOT having one.  We do, in fact it’s my only regret from our wedding.  There are so many moments that I wish I could see because it’s all such a blur.  And there are things you just can’t see, like I missed my niece walking down the aisle, which my all accounts was the cutest thing ever, because of course I was waiting for my turn. 

And don’t even get me started on our first dance.  We took lessons, we practiced, it was great choreography to a 4 song medley and we forgot to ask someone to tape it for us (why yes, we are morons!)  We have about 50 seconds of it that I LOVE and dearly wish I had the whole thing. 

Hire one.  It is money well spent. 

Post # 24
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1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My post-wedding response: YES! There are some things we are SO looking forward to seeing on video.

Post # 25
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548 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Everyone’s raised some really good points. I just want to add a couple things: if you do have a family friend do it, they won’t be able to enjoy the day as much because of the added responsibility. (This is assuming that they are an invited guest.) Also, my sister got married two years ago and had a videographer. A year ago, we lost my grandmother. It’s so great to look back at the video and see her dancing and enjoying herself and giving my sister and Brother-In-Law her best wishes. Sure, it’s nice to see pictures, but it’s totally different to have moving, talking video of loved ones at such a special event.

Post # 26
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2530 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Im going to go against the grain – I did not have a videographer and I do not regret it at all. Yes, I love seeing a good wedding video clip on the internet for a few minutes. However, a 5 minute DVD trailer isnt really worth the money that would be spent on it to me and I dont think I would ever watch our wedding video on more than one occasion. My SIL has never even watched her wedding video all the way through and shes been married 6 years!! Whereas I have looked at the photographs already a bunch of times and I know I will pull out the photo album many times in the future to look at or show to others. The only thing I cared about having on video was parts of our ceremony and one of our guests filmed that so I will have that.

I think you should figure out whats right for you. Dont just get one because others have told you that you would regret not having one, because that might not be the case. However, if you want one then splurge on it so that its the best quality you can get!

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m very torn on the videography issue.  FI doesn’t care either way.  I don’t want to spend a lot of money on it, but if I were to have one I don’t want to get a cheap one and hate it.  Then I would be kicking myself for either having one at all or for not splurging for a better one.  I’m so conflicted!

Really I don’t know how many times I will watch it I’m an awkward person and don’t want to watch myself!  I’ve even been looking into supposedly the best companies in my area and they just look cheesy. 

I’m about to go out and buy a video camera and hand it to a family member then atleast I can use the camera again and it won’t feel like a waste.

Post # 28
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We can’t afford a videographer, although I’d really like to have a video to watch way in the future (it’s unlikley I will watch it within in the next 3 years because I would feel awkward).  We’re hoping to pay a college-student cousin some money to film at the reception, as we will put the camera on a tripod for the ceremony.   We aren’t trying to get him to film all of the reception, because we want him to enjoy himself as well.  But I want the important parts and a few minutes of random dancing, etc.  I’m lucky to have a brother who is awesome at video editing, so he will make our video from the raw footage… and he can use our wedding music!  Just be creative to do what you can afford.  You can always ask family and friends for a responsible college student they know who would be happy to get a free meal at the reception and $75-100 for an hour or two of film work.  Even if it’s not “awesome” footage, you still got some and you didn’t shell out a fortune.  It’s not a guarantee that a profession videographer will do something that’s $600-800 better than a nice student who is wiling to try to do a good job for you.

Post # 29
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2005

Please consider the following if you are thinking of having a family member or friends video your wedding.  We did it and I regret not having someone who knew what they were doing.  We can barely hear our vows because the mic on the camera was not able to pick us up (not even from the first row where my sister-in-law was).  When guests were asked to join in on our first dance, the cameras all got turned off so I only have half of my first dance.  You can’t hear the toasts clearly.  We have no cake cutting and almost no dancing on the video – I was lucky to get a few seconds of me dancing with my grandfather who has since passed away.  If you really want a video, don’t diy it.  We thought we would be okay with it, but when I see what my sister got from her videographer, I wish we had just sucked it up and found the money somewhere for a videographer. Her video is so much better than ours.

Post # 30
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732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I don’t know if you are familiar with my wedding saga-

Fiance did not want a videographer, thought it was wasting money. But I sort of overrodde him and said “too bad I am paying ofr it”. Mt father has a drinking problem, and I obviously had a memory problem because at the rehearsal (he was drunk) and I forgot to tell him that he was to pass me to my stepdad while walking down the aisle. Well he caused a big scene, was escorted off the property and almost was arrested because he tried to attack pretty much everyone in my faimly. Then he left said said, “FINE, you can rot in hell and pay the bill for the wedding yourself”.

SO I was trauamatized,  had a bad wedding day, no fun at all.
BUT ONCE I GOT THE VIDEO, it was amazing to see. I don’t remember having any fun at all, but the video shows the complete opposite. From having such an awesome video, I am now able to remember the good things that happened at the wedding and Im not so focused on the bad things anymore. It was the BEST decision I made for the wedding.

Chances are, your drunk father won’t almost get arrested and try to beat up your family at the rehearsal. But if something goes wrong and it distracts you at all, you’ll probably feel the same way when you see your video and how everything turned out so well. 🙂

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