Post # 1
Ok well in reality neither is “necessary” since you can get married without one, but for me photography is a MUST. I really love good photographs and am willing to pay a little extra for a great photographer I love. Videography on the other hand I don’t feel as stronly about. I think it may be nice, but I am not sure it is must for me and fiance feels the same. I don’t actually picture myself ever really watching the video, but I do see my self fingering through our photo album over and over again. Not having a videography would save a great deal of money. Do you think I should hire one or do you think I coud go without? Did anyone have regets either way or the other for their wedding? Let me know your thoughts on this.
Post # 3
@Legendre2014: We didn’t have a videographer and I don’t regret it at all. To each their own, but I don’t particularly like watching videos (it hampers my multitasking. For instance, I’m watching numbers on netflix while on WB). It would have been fun to have a little video, but not fun enough to pay that much for it.
Post # 4
I don’t regret not having a videographer at all. I have a ton of pictures from our wedding, that’s enough for me.
Post # 5
I wouldn’t say that a videographer is totally neccessary but for myself I would love to have both. I’m thinking more on the lines of the video will pick up what the photography couldn’t!!!!
Post # 6
I’m soooo glad we got a videographer. We got one with a very basic, affordable package that just filmed the ceremony and a few shots of us taking pics after the ceremony and getting ready before. I LOVE MY VIDEO. It isn’t all fancy like some of the ones you see that look like movies. Having a friend film the ceremony wasn’t an option either cause they likely wouldn’t have gotten our vows on there(wedding was on the beach, ocean in the back is louder than you imagine). It is only 30-40 minutes long and it is different footage of us getting ready set to music, then our short ceremony, then footage of us pics on the beach with our photographer after the wedding, also set to music. We got to pick which songs we used as well and she did an amazing job. All for less than $400!
I didn’t cry at my wedding, but I did cry watching my wedding video. Soo much better way to relive that day than through photos alone. I posted this in another thread….but I now forever have footage of my father walking me down the beach to my husband, something that will be priceless to me one day when my Dad is no longer on this Earth.
If you are on the fence about it….wouldn’t you rather have one and maybe not watch it much, but at least it is there….than not have one and always regret it?
Post # 7
If it’s possible, maybe you can do a compromise and have a friend video record the ceremony. During my first wedding, my cousin happily took on the job of videographer and used my ExH’s new vid cam. Aside from the constant narration on his part (some funny, some sweet, some just…no), I loved having a vid of the ceremony. That being said, I wouldn’t have regretted not having the footage. It’s nice to have, and I did get a little emotional watching it, but after a couple of times, it just sat in my ExH’s laptop taking up memory. The photos, however, I looked at every few weeks for years.
Post # 8
Pffshh. I figure a good photographer would be better. We have to cut costs where we can, so a videographer wasn’t even a consideratioin (except when my Maid/Matron of Honor offered, as she majored in cinema and has done it before).
I mean, how many times am I REALLY ever going to watch that video? Once or twice? maybe? Not worth my money. They just cost too much to justify.
Photos are much easier to grab and flip through, are generally more artistic and nicer to look at, and collect the essence of what you want.
I would save the money… but it depends on your budget and how much it would cost.
Post # 9
@HisMoon: My Maid/Matron of Honor is film major too. I was thinking about asking her to do a little something, but didn’t know how that work out with her being a part of the ceremony and all. Maybe she could just set up a tripod or something. How did your Maid/Matron of Honor mangage the double duty.
Post # 10
I had both. DH and I have grandparents who are unable to travel.
Post # 11
we didn’t have a professional videographer but had 2 different family members taping our wedding for free and I highly recommend that. The day goes by sooooooo fast. You miss so much! It was sooo nice to sit down and watch the ceremony, the speaches again, our first dance etc.. and just re-live it.
No need to hire someone but def have someone taping it!
Post # 12
even if no one has a camcorder. buying one for a couple hundred dollars and having a brother, uncle or someone tape would be cheaper than hiring a professional, plus u an keep teh camera after!
Post # 13
You’ll get mixed responses, but everyone I know who had a videographer says they have never, ever, ever watched the video after the first time when they got it. Personally, I’d rather put money elsewhere…
Post # 14
I really waffled on this subject. At the end, I had videographers and I’m so glad I did! I thought I only wanted the ceremony and I am kicking myself for not having at least one still camera shoot footage of my entire reception.
It all goes by so fast and video is a fantastic way to savor moments that go by so quickly (and are a blur!!).
I think having video (and photos) are worth every penny!
ETA: I do not watch my video often, but love knowing I can and have the footage. It was also exciting to watch it the first time – since I didn’t remember a lot about the ceremony and watching helped cement moments in my head. 🙂
Post # 15
@Legendre2014: Oh my cousin wasn’t my MOH; sorry for the confusion. It was a male cousin who didn’t have a role in the ceremony and was willing to stand in the back with the photographer. We had a tiny guest list, so “the back” was only 5 rows away!
Post # 16
I wasn’t even sure that we would have a pro photographer, but we definately aren’t doing a pro videographer. We will have a friend/family member do a non-pro video of the important parts, but nothing fancy.