Post # 1
Im having a REALLY hard time with my budget. I’ve already cut things like overnight bachelorette party, real flowers (bouquets will be real, centerpieces will be bouquets plus a few fake flowers), professional engagement photos, rehearsal dinner, and other things. But photography and videography are a HUGE part of the problem. I haven’t found a decent videographer for less than $3k (this is for a full length video AND the highlight reel—do I need both??) and photography seems to be about $2300-$4000 depending on the services. I’ve seen cheaper photography, but it’s not good. If I’m going to buy these services, I want them to be good.
Did you forego photo or video? Most people have a photographer, but what about videography? Full length film or highlight reel only?
If anyone knows good quality work in the Jacksonville or st Augustine area, please comment!
Post # 2
Most people I know got a professional photographer and skipped the videographer. A video would be nice to watch every now and then but it’s not as “portable” as pics (social media, photo albums, printed pictures, etc). I would forgo videographer and get a professional photographer.
Post # 3
We are getting both.I’m actually more excited about the photo & video compared to my dress just to give you an idea. But like pp said, I know more people who just get a photographer and not hire a videographer. If your budget doesn’t have room for a videographer, is it possible to set up a tripod to capture the ceremony, first dance, toasts and cake cutting for example? Better safe than sorry later.
Post # 4
hmm, good points. Capturing the memories on film, but not having like a professionally done film would be a nice compromise. So I at least have the footage to look back on whenever I want for my own memories!
Post # 5
wedding wire and thumbtack are great resources for affordable talent. get both if you can. everyone knows that photography is a must, but videography is just as special.
i treasure my parents wedding video, especially now that my mother has passed on. hearing their young voices, and all the guests, just a very special moment in time to have captured.
if you can, do it, even if its just raw/highlights.
Post # 6
My video (highlight) is my absolute favorite! My 1 year anniversary is this week & I still watch it regularly. If I didn’t have it, that’d be a huge regret on my part. Of course, photography is a huge deal too. For me, both were priorities & im so glad they were what I chose to splurge on.
Post # 7
I’m getting both photography and videography (5 min highlight reel + ceremony & speeches) – they are absolute priorities for us! I love watching couples’ wedding videos, always brings a smile to my face. We were lucky and managed to find a PG and VG that were budget-friendly and produced great quality work.
Post # 8
We’re doing both. I used Thumbtack (like another poster mentioned above) which I would HIGHLY recommend.
We’re getting 12 hours of photographr coverage with 2 photographers and all edited images for $1,700. Videographer is doing 8 hours, including drone footage, with 6-8 minute highlight reel and raw footage for $900.
And both do AWESOME work, not cheesy or cheap at all. Something all of my recently-married friends told me was to do video. We’re giving up a photobooth and some other things to make that happen.
Check out Thumbtack!
Post # 9
I will be getting both because I LOVE photos and videos, our relationship and esp travels are full of candid ones and they are always so fun to look back at. I would choose highlight reel if you’re really strapped for cash, it’s better than no video at all! Videos are so different from photos, while photos give you those special moments frozen in time, videos feel much more personal and fuzzy with all the feelings.
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2017 - Sauk Valley Resort
What about having a friend or family member you can trust with a camera film your ceremony and important things during the reception (first dance, toasts, etc.)? I had planned on doing that, but my photographer offers videography for a great price, so I just did that. You may be about to find a photographer who works with a videographer and be able to bundle the packages like we did to get a better price than you would getting them separately.