Post # 1
At first my fiance and I did NOT want a videographer, he didn’t like the idea of having so many cameras in his face PLUS the photographers camera. We also had no idea what the wedding budget was going to look like.
Now that we are out of that “dreaming and scheming” phase of wedding planning, and actually starting to make decisions, we have been revisiting the idea of a videographer. My fiance and i have enjoyed watching wedding videos from our friends and family, and we decided together that we want one.
My parents are generously paying for the wedding, but if we want a videographer, it’s up to us to pay, as they do not see the nessecity. We have the money to pay for one. I found a few that are pretty reasonablly priced.
Did anyone here have one? Was it worth the money? If you didn’t, do you regret not having one?
Post # 2
- Wedding: April 2017 - City, State
We didn’t have one and we don’t have any regrets about it. We never would have watched it. I think of you know you’re going to go back and watch it and it fits into your budget, it can be a really nice extra. If you don’t think you’ll watch it then I don’t think you’ll miss it.
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2019 - Canada
We had one. I added it in as an afterthought and I am SOOO glad I did!! The day went by so fast, I don’t remember any of the speeches and while I know what our vows were, I don’t really remember saying them! After our reception was over, we went back to the hotel and talked about how excited we were to watch the video. I adore our highlight video, its so beautiful. We got our full length video back, but haven’t watched it yet. DH didn’t think we needed a videographer so he left it up to me and now we’re both incredibly glad I decided to hire one!
Post # 4
We didnt have one and haven’t missed it.
Post # 5
We did not have one either and while I could have seen us watching it a few times once it was done and once on our anniversary, that’s really about it. I truly enjoyed not having the added stress of wanting to look good for a video or spending time talking to a video camera like some videos have. Our day was all about us and our family and friends and our hundreds of pictures bring back plenty of memories!
Post # 6
For us, totally worth it. However, we take more pics & vids than the average people on a normal basis.
Post # 7
I’m glad we had one and spent the money on it because we watch our 7 minute highlight video all the time! It was also really nice to be able to send the full-length video(s) to family members abroad who weren’t able to attend. That being said, we don’t really watch the full length video much (it’s been 1.5 years since we got married). We only ever watch the 7 minute highlight compilation. But you can’t make a good 7 minute short film without all the raw footage so therein lies the dilemma haha.
Overall I think it will be useful for many years down the road, not necessarily for now.
Post # 8
We skipped one. We’re camera shy and so were a lot of people on our guest list. I didn’t want my guests spending half the evening hiding out in the bathroom to hide from the videographer.
Post # 9
We had one and I’ve only watched the video once. When my videographer sent it to me. It’s a good video, but I don’t re watch it like I look at my wedding photos. If cash is tight I wouldn’t get one.
Post # 10
I had one because my mother insisted and paid for it. However I watched it once and never again. I do like and rewatch the 5 minute version though. But, no I don’t think the video was needed.
Post # 11
- Wedding: Malibou Lake Mountain Club
I was at first wanting to go against photography and then I remember friends telling me it was worth it. and that i do not regret. Videos; i rarely even watch things on TV and i dont regret it. I love looking at my photos more when Im feeling down at times.
Post # 12
I personally couldn’t justify spending several thousand dollars on a video. I don’t regret not having one. You could always just ask a family member to video the speeches or vows with their phone
Post # 13
I think you’ll find most people who had one felt it was a good investment, and those who didn’t have one usually don’t have any regrets. It’s honestly personal preference and if you want one and can afford one, do it.
I think there’s a big misconception of what wedding photo/video is like these days. People saying they don’t want cameras up in their face, or saying their guests are shy….it’s definitely not like that. Sure there might be a few times throughout the day you notice us (FTR, I do photo, not video but we work in similar ways) but I’d say a solid 80% of your day you don’t even know we’re there. Seriously. You tend to see us a lot during the getting ready process, and during portraits, outside of that we are there to just capture the day – not direct you.
And to note, videography is going to be similar to photography in that you get what you pay for. For me personally when planning my wedding I was only interested in doing video if I could afford to hire someone of the same quality as my photographer. I prefer the cinamatography style vs traditional wedding videos. In the end we had a beautiful wedding film and I don’t regret it at all.
Post # 14
it’s worth the money. absolutely. my sister got married two years ago and we still see the video when we get together. it was magical reliving all the little moments that a videographer films in addition to the photos. both work together well. be sure to tell your videographer to put in some stills throughout the video – it gives a great montage feeling and your love story will come to life. do you need it? no! will it make you estatically happy? Yes!!
Post # 15
We almost decided against a videographer, but my dad convinced me otherwise about a month before the wedding, and I’m so glad he did. The whole day was such a blur, and while are pictures are amazing, there’s nothing like watching the actual video. The videographer captured so many moments that we didn’t get to see! We didn’t go with a $$$$ videographer since we were already paying a lot for our dream photographers, but we are happy with the one we got. Worth every penny!