Post # 1
To give a little background, my fiance and I are planning and paying for a very large Armenian-Greek wedding entirely on our own. We’ve been obsessively budgeting and saving, but with a guest count that’s over 300, it’s been pretty hard to keep costs down. We’re always looking for places to cut.
This has led us to the idea of maybe not hiring a videographer. Did any of you decide not to go with one for your weddings? We went a little over budget with our photographer and we’re incredibly happy with her. Did you find that your photos were sufficient, or did any of you have regrets about not having a videographer as well?
Thanks for your input, Bees! <3
Post # 2
I didn’t have a videographer in my small wedding, and I don’t miss it. But I will say if you decide it is a must, hire a professional. Don’t go with having a friend video for you.
The wedding I was Maid/Matron of Honor in, a friend did a video. He cut off taping the ceremony to save battery life, but taped the entire long, boring receiving line. At the reception he mostly taped his own friends and family. I was in the video for a split second and the groom wasn’t in it at all!
Post # 3
We’re having a few designated people asked to take iphone video of some key moments, (me walking down the aisle, vows, toasts) but other than that we’re skipping it. Anecdotally, I’ve never anywhere heard of someone being happy with thier wedding video. It’s always missing something or 40 minutes of stuff they didn’t want and its soooo expensive.
Post # 4
We aren’t hiring a videographer either. I don’t want to spend the money on it and I don’t think we will watch it anyway. We are doing a 30 person destination wedding and I am asking friends to video and take pics and send them to me. Now a days everyone snapchats and Instagrams everything anyway. Our good friends paid a fortune for a videographer and regretted it.
Post # 5
We didn’t have a videographer and I don’t regret it one bit. One of our friends volunteered to record the ceremony on his phone, so that was nice. But still, we’ve been married for a year now and the only time I ever watched the video was the day after our wedding!
Post # 6
We hired a professional videographer and I’m counting the days until I get the video so I can relive the day and see everything. It went so fast and I’m so thankful to have a great videographer there.
I would cut elsewhere.
Post # 7
I’m not getting one. I know 1 person who has watched their video more than once, and that’s because she paid (no joke) $12k for it. I mean, they did edit it overnight too, so thats probably a big part of it. But a regular video? Nah.
Post # 8
We didn’t have one, and I don’t regret it. I got everything I wanted and more in our photos (we received over 1,000!). I’m sure it would be cool to watch a video of the day, but I personally probably would only ever watch it once, so to me it’s definitely an area where you can cut costs.
Post # 9
We had one, and he was worth more than we paid him! He was very affordable. He was bit eccentric and introverted. The polar opposite of our funny and very outgoing photographer. Nonetheless, I was beyond impressed with the video. He asked for 3-4 songs we wanted in the video. In real life we could not really hear the music as we walked down the aisle outside. He played it perfectly in the video. We heard our first dance song and I wanted it in the video. It was perfect! I cried when I watched it; it was really beautiful!!! There are so many things we missed because we were busy!
With all of that being said, if you cannot afford it do not do it. You have an excellent photographer. You may have family take videos (whether you want them to or not) and that would suffice. I do not consider it a necessity; it is nice but not required.
Post # 10
We’re not planning on it! We’ve hired a great photographer and my brother-in-law has a nice camera that we will most likley use to film our ceremony. If we happen to have some money leftover in our budget, I might look into it but it’s definitely not a priority. I feel like so many people have them just because they want to be able to share it on social media and make their wedding look like a movie. That just isn’t important to us.
Post # 11
I really wish we had had one, but it was a total budget killer for us too. The whole day was a total blur, and I don’t remember so many things. We had purchased some little video cameras to do our own thing, but I forgot to bring them. I think that would be a nice compromise to a professional since you’ll still get to have some moments captured, but it won’t cost a lot.
Post # 12
We spent a lot on ours and have watched it maybe once or twice. I would put the money toward a good photographer.
Post # 13
jellybellynelly : 12K??? Wow. That must be some video haha.
Post # 14
We skipped having a videographer and have no regrets. Leading up to the wedding I was a little sad that we could justify the cost but now that it’s all over I think it would have been really unnecessary. I love my pictures and don’t feel like I needed more in the form of video. And all of my friends that had videographers said they only watched the video once or twice and now it just sits gathering dust.
Post # 15
alexandramichelle : I mean, it was a nice video. It was an indian wedding, so they had filmed the 2 days prior for the other events, plus the ceremony. Edited it overnight and showed it at their reception dinner the next day. So it was a lot of work, but yeah, still wasn’t worth it to me lol.