(Closed) Is it worth spending money on videographer? Did you watch your wedding video?

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I didn’t get one and my wedding was a few years ago. I’m happy with that decision because I look back and think I probably could have cut down the budget even further. We spent a lot of money on a really good photographer – but I love our photos and have some up on the walls at home. In My Humble Opinion save the money and skip the videopgrapher – you could take a nice trip on your one year anniversary for that sort of cash. It would be nice if you could get a friend to tape you walking down the aisle and some of your ceremony (like the kiss) though (just on an iphone). 

Post # 3
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Blushing bee

So many people told me I had to get one and I’d regret it if I didn’t. I ended up caving and got it, but tbh I watched it once and could have taken or left it to be honest. Maybe I’ll like having it in the future, but I don’t think I’d regret it if I’d saved the money to be honest!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Nope.

My first wedding was videoed and we watched it back/showed it to other people a grand total of 3 times in over 10 years.  Total waste of money, and also anxiety & self-consciousness on the day.

Didn’t even consider it this time around, and do not regret it. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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heatdisneybride :  we did not have a videographer.  Dh and I could not remember the ceremony at all straight afterwards – we both blanked from stage fright or something so I do regret not having a video of the ceremony to watch back.  That said I would still not have paid the large amount for one, I wish I would have just asked my brother to record it on an iPad or something.  The reception we are happy with our memories and great photos.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

We have a wedding video and we have watched it a few times. We have also made copies for our parents and grandparents 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

If your dad is in the hospital during the wedding could you have just someone like a friend film it with a video camera/good phone camera. I realise that it’s different from professional but then your dad could see it (hope he will be there) and not spend too much money?

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Farm

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heatdisneybride :  We had a videographer and I’m glad that we did. He was able to capture those moments that we were not able to share together. We were able to see each other getting ready the day of. I was able to see myself walk down the aisle and see him walk down which are things of course I wasn’t able to see. Even during the time we took pictures he was able to capture those moments on video. I don’t know if I would spend $2,500 on the video but I do think that it is worth it. Yes, you will have pictures; however, I have thoroughly enjoyed watching my video. I got married on May 12, 2018 and I have already watched my video 20 times at least. I’m sure I will watch it more in the future. I just love the feeling that I get from watching it.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

For us, a good chunk of our family won’t be able to make it, as Fiance and I are from opposite sides of the country. So he wanted to make sure that the family who couldn’t afford to come (travel across Australia is SO expensive), they could feel a part of it too. So yeah. We’ll have one. 

But if that wasn’t the case, we absolutely would not be paying the $2k we are for a videographer. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

Two of our guests recorded the ceremony on their phones. It’s not a fancy recording, but we are glad to have a video record and were able to share it family and friends. Relatively low-tech and definitely cheap!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

Our wedding is in a month, we have only hired a photographer. I have no desire to watch myself on video ever, and I can’t imagine anyone would want to see that.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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heatdisneybride :  we still watch ours, over a year later. It was the best decision! But it’s not for everyone. 

My brothet was killed unexpectedly two years previously, and i was so happy for the tiny video clips i had of him. Theres just a life in video that pictures can never capture. So that was definitely at the forefront of my mind when it came to our wedding day. I wanted that video to remember it, but also as a way to capture both of us and our family and guests in case anything should happen. 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

We’re not having one.  The only thing I think I would want one for is our sand ceremony.  I originally wanted to do the unity candle but our cemory is outside and I’m afraid the wind will blow the candles out.  I’m telling my self we will always have the heart filled with sand, where the candle will eventually burn down. 

Our photographer is $500 but that is just for her time. We heve to buy all pictures afterwards.  She will give me all proofs with rights to reprint for $250.  But I know pictures are going to be a major expense after the wedding.  

The photographer will be doing reshots of anything she missed during the ceremony afterwards.  But we can’t redo the sand ceremony.  We will be doing it to a special song so it will be slow.  I’ve told her she had one shot and 2 minutes and 51 seconds. 

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I watched like the first five minutes of ours and turned it off lol.

Noooo way would I spend $2500 on a video. Maybe see if a local college or something has a student that would do it for portfolio work or something? I think ours was only $250 or $300, no way would I pay more than that.

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