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

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 16
863 posts
Busy bee

I have a few friends that didn’t have a viedeographer, and they all say that is their biggest regret from their wedding. We really splurged on ours and are so excited to see how it turns out. 

Post # 17
764 posts
Busy bee

I like watching our wedding video. $2500 sounds crazy though. I don’t know how much it was, but we didn’t get any fancy videographer. Just someone to stand there and hold a camera for the ceremony and a little bit of the reception. I’m sure you could find someone cheap on craigslist or something

Post # 18
510 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Our photographer and his assistants were supposed to create a video as well, but that didn’t happen. It was going to be a great two for one. But, for some reason we never got it. Honestly, I cared in the beginning, but not so much anymore. The pictures do it justice (even though I wish I had gotten a few more specific shots), but whatever.

Post # 19
1364 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

We’re having a videographer. I work in the media field as a photographer and videographer, so naturally it’s very important for me to have photos and video of our special day. I also love watching other people’s videos online! 

Since we got him as an add on to our photographers, it’s only costing us $1500 for the videographer. If we had to get someone else, it would have cost more like $2500-3000 (since I would have paid extra for all the raw video clips and edited them myself), which we would have accomodated by getting a less expensive photographer. 

Some people love video, some people are meh about it. I think it’s entirely up to the couple whether or not the video is worth the money.

Post # 20
65 posts
Worker bee

I’m probably in the minority here but I’m spending $6000 on video which is $2000 more than our photographer. When I started planning I was actually completely against getting one and then I found one video posted by a friend that was basically like a Hollywood film (he worked for Warner Brothers) and we had to get him. So excited to see ours! 

The reason we were okay with that much is we figured we’re throwing this ridiculously expensive party anyways, it’s going to be a blur and we’ll forget a lot of it or just not see it. Might as well have a great record of it! 

Post # 21
3133 posts
Sugar bee

We’re not having one.  We  both hate the way we look on video and know that a lot of our friends would spend most of the day hiding from the videographer, so it would result in making the wedding/reception a lot less fun.  

I honestly can’t imagine ever wanting to watch the wedding video, either.  

Post # 22
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - Ballroom

I’m so glad that we hired a videographer for our wedding. They captured both of us getting ready, and some very precious moments between us during our First Look and the ceremony. We also got to see candid moments with guests arriving and at the reception – things that we never would have seen because we were busy doing other stuff. We have our Father-Daughter dance and Mother-Son dances, too. The best part was the speeches, however – some of the things our family and friends said were so amazing, and I’m glad to have those memorialized forever. We were both in our 40s when we got married, and thinking about how our parents might not be around much longer was more of a selling point on getting a video. We were not going to get a videographer, but after talking to a few friends who really wished they had, we decided to splurge. It was not $2500, however. We paid about $1400 for over six hours of two videographers during our wedding day, with a ten minute highlight video and extra disk of less-edited footage. We’ve watched it a handful of times, but my in-laws have watched it way more than we have. I have no regrets about it and am actually super glad we dediced to get it. 

Post # 23
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I wish I had video of our ceremony. We had an Amish ceremony where we invited our guests to speak instead of readings, and I wish I had that spontaneous love captured. And hubs never expresses a lot of emotion, so it would be cute to have his vows.

However, even feeling the way I do now, I wouldn’t have paid that much for one!

Post # 24
952 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I can’t see spending $2500 on a videographer, but I think it would be nice to have some sort of video of the ceremony. My aunt got married over 20 years ago, and as a child we would watch the video of her ceremony every few months or so at my grandparents’ house. My siblings and cousins and I used to love watching the video, it was like stepping into another time. They just had one recorder set up, and the quality wasn’t great, but it was still great to have. So that’s why I’d want to have a video, not to watch myself 5 years after the wedding, but to show my children and grandchildren.

That being said, I don’t think an expensive videographer is necessary. I’d try to find someone who is just starting out, or is a student, who can take a basic video of the ceremony for a cheap price.

Post # 25
736 posts
Busy bee

 I really wish my parents had had a videographer at their wedding, because I would love so much to be able to watch it.  Then again, I don’t know if I would have wanted them to pay $2500 for it (or whatever the equivalent of that would have been 40 years ago).  Could you hire a videography student from the local university to do it?  If it’s their first time filming a wedding it may not be the greatest quality, but if you let them use it in their portfolio then they’ll work hard and it shouldn’t cost you much.

Post # 26
2035 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I’m not having a videographer. I’m giving my uncle a couple hundred dollars and he’s going to stand in the back with a tripod and catch the ceremony, and then he’s going to do the same thing at the reception. Nothing special, but I do want to capture some things (the speeches, the father/daughter dance, etc). I know I won’t regret this, but I would definitely regret a $2500 videographer. 

Post # 30
2208 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I just love our video. I wish we’d allocated more money to it. We shared the highlights reel to friends and family overseas who couldn’t make it. Also a video shows so much more.

There’s an old family video of my husband as a page boy aged four. We’ve watched it many times and so many of the people in the video are no longer with us

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