Post # 1
So, I’m on the fence about hiring a videographer. I know I want to have a video, but I don’t know if it’s worth spending the $$$ for a professional video.
I have a friend that has offered to film and edit our wedding (for free), it wont be the best quality but would be a video none the less. Will I regret not having something more polished if I go this route? I’m really torn on what to do. I want to save the money, but I also don’t want to end up with a crap video and regretting not hiring someone with a better camera to film and edit.
What do you think? Are you/did you hire a videographer?
Post # 2
We’re not having one, it was one of the first things that was cut due to buget constraints. I’m having a friend film the ceremony because that’s what I’d really want to relive in the future.
Post # 3
We didn’t hire one. I’m not one for really watching myself on film much anyway and I had been to too many weddings where the videographers were too in the face of the couples, blocking everyone’s view etc. One I went to a few weeks ago the camera guy was right in front of the bride and her dad as they walked down the aisle going backwards filming them! At one they had so much lighting and tripods that they set up in front of the bridal table that half the room could only see that! We didn’t want out wedding to feel like a film set. We just had a friend with a decent video camera film our ceremony, first dance and the speeches from a corner and that was enough for us.
Having said that most people I have known that have had videographers love their video – everyone is different! I guess it’s just figuring out which type of person you are. We also chose a photographer that specialised in candid snaps and being a fly on the wall. We hardly noticed her most of the time!
Post # 4
We were supposed to have a friend do video, but he then couldn’t make it to the wedding. A family member was then meant to do it, but he backed out because of nerves on the day. If it’s really really important to you, pay for it. Even saving money by paying a friend, and hiring a good camera if it is important to you. A friend doing it for free is not reliable (but fine if you don’t mind if something goes wrong and you miss out).
Post # 5
If you can live with a slightly less than perfect video, save money and have a friend do it. If you know that may not make you happy, then you should hire a pro and expect to pay a lot more. I think any video is better than no video. You will enjoy either after the fact.
Post # 6
we’re having one. We were on the fence forever, but finally we (I) decided that ultimately the risk of me regretting not having a videographer was greater than the risk of me regretting having one, if that makes sense.
<br />We ended up getting apretty good deal from an up and comer, too – they didn’t have a lot of samples, but what they do have we were very happy with. I think we’re paying $2200 for all day coverage (approximately 9am-9pm), a highlight film (about 3 min), feature film (around 40min) and then each part of our wedding edited out in individual chapters.
Post # 7
We are having a videographer. Initially I was thinking we wouldn’t have one, since the last (and only) wedding we went to, they had about 2 photographers and 2 videographers which were really distracting. We didn’t want that for our wedding (as well as the fact that FI doesn’t like being photographed or filmed). But I also have a terrible memory and know that in a year I would end up forgetting some things that went on (e.g. what the officiant said, speeches, etc.) and would love to have a video to remember it. First I looked online at a few cheap videographers, which I thought would be a good option, but then I found another who did amazing highlights videos. The quality, style and emotion conveyed through their videos outsurpassed any of the others I had seen, and now the cheap ones looked cheap. Turns out the amazing videographer had exorbitant prices – WAY out of our budget. Fortunately we managed to find another videographer within our budget but with a very similar style to the expensive one. Yay!
Post # 8
CrunkPunch: I was married more than 20 years ago, and got a friend to video it. This friend did a lot of videoing as a hobby, so as far as non-pro videos go it was fairly good.
I’m glad we have it – we watch it every few years, and it’s good to see people in it, especially those who have since died. It’s certainly a lot better than nothing, in my opinion. The video catches things which a photographer can’t.
I’m happy with what I have. It’s hard to know whether I’d be happier with a pro video. If you do get it done by a friend, try to do what we did and ensure it’s a friend who will do a reasonable job.
Post # 8
I didn’t want one and didn’t budget for one until I started having anxiety about it. I decided that it was better to have it then one day regret not having it.
Post # 10
There is a big difference between a professional video and a friend’s video, mainly in the audio quality. I can’t seem to upload my videos but if you google San Francisco City Hall weddings there are some professional ones and some self-shot ones and you can really see a BIG difference. Seach around and work with the videographers in your area. I didn’t think we could afford one and ended up having a beautiul video. You can see it here if you like.
Post # 11
I hadn’t planned to but speaking to all my friends who had one, no one has regretted it and ppl have only regretted not having a video. So I can show it to my kids one day, I want it to be of a reasonable quality so it will last the distance. (I’m going to do a couple of overtime shifts to add it to the budget)
Post # 12
We aren’t having one.. I mean it would be nice to have a video of our wedding for our first anniversary, but after that, I don’t see it getting much use.
Post # 13
We had my very non-pro cousin film the important parts with her home digital camcorder. Nothing fancy, but it got the job done. And I can’t imagine anyone except us and maybe my stepmom and grandmother that would ever want to watch a video from our wedding, so i didn’t need anything fancy. It worked great and I’m totally happy with our deicion!
Post # 14
Thanks everyone for your responses. Much appreciated.
I’m thinking I should just go for it. Better to have it than not have it and regret not doing it.
Post # 15
OMG! I just posted the same question, lol. great to hear all the comments and I will read my own and these ones as well. CrunkPunch…did you get married yet and how did the video turn out if you did?