(Closed) Please convince me that I won't regret not having a videographer…

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
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Busy bee

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I will not regret it even for a moment.

Post # 18
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I didn’t hire a videographer and I’m so glad! It just wasn’t worth the expense. And nobody would ever watch it except me. My uncle has filmed every family event since forever. Used to be old VCR, now moved on to digital. My uncle passed away, so I asked my cousin to film the wedding and it worked out great! No, it’s not pretty and professional. But it reminds me of the important moments. And it was free. I can remember the night just as well with my amateur video as I could with an expensive pro video. What you’re paying for is thhe “prety” factor, which just wasn’t a high priority for me. So ask a friend that has a camera to film the important parts and don’t stress about not having a pro. There are so many more important things.

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My friend had her cousin take video of the important parts and edited it together.  It’s no cinematic masterpiece, but I’m not sure I need a movie-quality wedding video.  They can re-watch their ceremony and first dance and didn’t spend a dime.

Post # 20
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@ksus07:  I had a friend do it for free. However she was a keen amateur, and did a good job. She did no editing, she gave us about an hour of raw footage. After many years of marriage. We still watch it occasionally, and enjoy it. (No one else does, nor do I expect them to). It captures things a still photographer never can. There are also little bits featuring guests who have since passed away.

I suggest you look into getting someone who will do it for free or not much. Just the important parts of the ceremony and speeches is better than nothing. A good amateur will be a lot better than Uncle George using his phone on video setting; but even that is better than nothing.

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think what you would regret is not having the memories captured. You can set up a video camera on a tripod to tape the ceremony, speeches, first dance etc.

The quality of the video is not the important factor 🙂

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We’re just asking a family friend to tape it (he’s done it for other weddings, enjoys it).  I seriously doubt we’ll watch it more than a few times ever, so I don’t want to spend a ton on it.  But it would be nice someday to show the grandkids the video.  Home movie style is fine for our purposes.

Post # 23
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Busy bee

@ksus07:  Eeeek…I have heard a lot of brides biggest regret is not having a videographer, but how many times will u watch it really.

Why don’t u look outside of wedding videographers, put an ad out somewhere.  You can maybe get a music video person to do it instead…or someone out of film school that is starting out?

Post # 24
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Busy bee

Anyone else opinions on this?

At one point i dont think its worth it

Another point I think it could be something really fun and unique

Post # 25
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

We hired a videographer 11 days before our wedding, and it wasn’t in our budget either.  But honestly, it is so precious and I am SO happy that we did one last minute.  I don’t know if this is what you want to hear, but I really think a video is the way to go, it is such a wonderful thing to have

Post # 26
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I HATE watching myself on tape.  We have dozens of plays and musicals and shows I was in as a kid and teenager.  I’m not a bad actress, but I will never watch one of those EVER again.  I don’t like the way I look or sound on tape.  I prefer the way I sound in my head.  Video might bring back some great memories, but you are watching you… and goodness does that become creepy after a while. 

My parents had a video of their wedding, which they haven’t seen in years.  They don’t mind it at all.  I think maybe the first year you will wish you had it, but then other things will happen and it will seem so minor. 

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@ksus07:  Get a friend or family member to rent an HD DSLR camera like the 5D Mark II (should only cost around $50-$150 to rent for the weekend) and ask them to get some video! 

Even if it’s not by a professional, I think it’s worth it to have SOME video….it’s so totally different than stills!

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m not hiring one.  I can’t even phantom myself setting down and watching the whole video.  I hate watching myself on films and I have films of tons of other important events in my life that I’ve never seen.  I’m hiring a great photographer.  I have a pretty nice video camera.  I’ll stick it in the back of the church and have a friend run it just to have some video if I did change my mind and maybe to show future generations.  I don’t see the point in having a professional quality videographer for this.  Yes, I know it makes a difference in the final product, but I can’t see watching it and I certainly wouldn’t show it to anyone (verses the wedding photos which I plan to share with close famly and friends who ask for them).  See if a family friend owns a video camera.  Any video camera that is fairly new is of decent quality.  Heck- you coudl buy a decent video camera for a few hundred bucks.  That is still less than a videographer and you get a camera out of the deal

Post # 29
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

We didn’t have one and absolutely no regrets. We had an amazing photographer and our photos are beautiful and capture all of our important and fun moments of the day. I love having the snapshots. Our ceremony was also short and sweet so we won’t have much trouble remembering it. To be honest, we probably wouldn’t watch the video even if we did have one. I much prefer pictures!

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

the photographer we booked has an amazing videographer – but he’s very expensive and we can’t really justify the cost. we’ve seen some he’s done and they are gorgeous – but it’s just not in the budget.

so we’re going to ask a friend with a great camera to record the ceremony, the toasts and our first dances. combined with a little bit of iphone footage (moh and i getting ready/groom and best man getting dressed) we’ll get my tech saavy brother to edit it a little and set it to music. for the 5 times we’ll watch it i think it’ll be fine!

Post # 31
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@ksus07:  you won’t. we don’t. a friend video’d the important parts of the day (ceremony, cake cutting, first dance, etc) and that’s all we need. you won’t watch the video that much anyway, even if it IS amazing.

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