Post # 1
Hi Bees –
I’m about to lose my damn mind trying to decide which videographer to go with and which package to get, so I need some advice. My fiance and I are dead-set on getting videography, but we really don’t want to spend more than $1500, which apparently is next to impossible to do in PA.
The only package we’ve been able to find in our price range, of decent quality, would be just lightly edited raw footage. No highlight film, no fully edited short, nothing. The wedding highlight video seems to run for about $500 extra, on average.
Should we make the highlight video a priority, just go for the raw footage, or go with a lower quality videographer and get more of what we want? Married bees, do you watch the raw footage at all? Or just focus on the highlight video? Or do you have a longer edited version too? I’m so confused on what is necessary to get, let alone how to fit it into our budget!
Any advice is appreciated! Thanks so much, bees!! 🙂
Post # 3
@chrissyb464: Have you considered maybe a graduate film student?
Post # 4
@missporkchops: Yea, I did think about that – I’m just nervous about drawing up our own contract with them and ensuring that they’re trustworthy and professional. I’m sure we could get a great deal and I know there are very talented people out there who just don’t have the experience yet, but I don’t know if I’m willing to take that kind of risk. Still a possibility though! Thanks!
Post # 5
The highlight video should be priority over raw footage. No one will ever sit there and watch 8 hours of video from your wedding. My sister was given raw footage, as well as a 45 minute video of the day. We have watched the video a few times but never the raw footage.
Raw video footage = 3000 unedited photographs from your day! The photo album is the main output I’m looking for from my photographer, the video equivalent of that for me would be the short edited film. You’ll rarely look at the 3000 images on the CD from your day, but you will pick up the album on your coffee table.
Post # 6
@chrissyb464: You can try searching on Yelp and looking at their websites. Darling Husband wanted Videographer and I didn’t and I didn’t budget for one. I ended up finding someone who was in the process of finishing his grad degree in filmmaking and was moonlighting as a wedding videographer on the weekends. We kept it under 1K in this case. 🙂
Post # 7
@MrsWBS: Good point – This package that’s near our budget says they provide a “minimally edited” 1.5 – 2 hour film, and that’s it. I’m assuming the raw footage comes with it, but I misspoke in my original post that this 2 hour film is “raw footage”. Sorry for the confusion.
I guess I’m just wondering whether this is enough for us, or if we’re going to regret not getting the highlight version.
Post # 8
Go with the edited video. You won’t want to watch the raw footage. Raw footage is horrable and really boring. Think uncle Bob’s vacation video for 8 hours. You will be much happier spending the money and getting the edited video.
Post # 9
You can always get that now and then hire someone to edit it for you after you’ve saved some more money. You could hire an art student to edit it with music and all that to your taste. Good luck!