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

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 32
Hostess
8575 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We aren’t doing it, and I highly doubt we’ll regret it. I’ve known MANY couples who had a videographer and never watched their video.. or only watched it once or twice.

It’s really not worth it to me.

Post # 33
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346 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We didn’t hire one and don’t regret it. My sister did and she hasn’t watched her wedding video more than once (it’s been 17 years since she was married). 

 

Post # 34
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1133 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

We just hired a videographer last night!  I was 150% set on NOT having one.  My Maid/Matron of Honor convinced me though. She showed me her cousin’s (where she was the Maid/Matron of Honor too) wedding video, and I fell in love with the idea but I knew with our small budget (10K), it wasn’t going to happen for $1000+. 

I just kept stalking ads online for videographers, went to wedding shows, asked around, put ads up myself, etc. I finally came across a lady who owns a photography business, and she is expanding into videography with her partner. She’s never done videography before, so her starting prices were $500 for the entire day, which will soon be $1500.

She has at least 10 weddings booked before ours, so not only will she have much more experience in a year and a half, but we can view samples too.  For $500 for an entire day, edited with 2 DVDs, I couldn’t say no. 

If you really do want video and you can’t afford to get video professionally done, I would even hire a student to do it.

Post # 35
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9129 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@JenGirl:  Shocking I know, but I agree with you!  

OP, get an amateur to film the important parts for you.  It’s SO wonderful to be able to watch the ceremony and the toasts, but I don’t think it’s worth paying $2000+ to have a “pretty” version.  Just a real-life version is enough.  Do you have a friend or family member who wouldn’t mind?  My aunt filmed our wedding weekend stuff for 4 days and I love having that DVD.  Realistically we’ll only watch it a few times, but I love having it because the day goes by in such a crazy blur.

Post # 36
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684 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I really encourage any couple that has the $ in their budget to do it! I’m so glad we hired a videographer. The 5 or so hours that you plan for months (even years) goes by in a blink! Our videography package included a full-length video which was an hour and a half long from the 8+ hours of coverage he took, a 20 minute highlight reel, a birth-to-marriage photo slideshow that was played on a loop on a tv in the reception hall and a blooper reel! All on a blue-ray dvd. We also had a custom love-story that was filmed three months before our wedding that was shown during dinner at our wedding. Our videographer interviewed me and Darling Husband separately at a park near our home with questions about how we met, what we love most about each other, etc. and edited it with music and stills and we had no idea what eachother said to the videographer so it was a surprise to us when it was shown during dinner. Lots of happy tears! I highly HIGHLY recommend a videographer. I still have our friends and family asking to see it again!

Post # 37
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2625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@librarygirl85:  +1.

I have heard that not having a videographer is one of the most regretted things for brides. We found a great one for $850. I would cut back on as much as I could somewhere else just to get one. which is what Fiance and I did.

Post # 38
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1302 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We skipped this.  In fact, we never seriously considered it.  We’ve been married for 2.5 years and not once have I wished I had a video.

Post # 39
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53 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I think it depends on how good the work is that they do. I wouldn’t hire a videographer that just puts some pics together and makes basically a slide show of it. But, if the videographer does some amazing work I would definitely book it! I have heard lots of brides regret later that they didn’t hire someone!

Post # 40
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4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

My photographer offered it as an add-on, and looking back I wish I had taken advantage of it. We had a GoPro set up for the ceremony/reception dances- would have been nice to have something more professional.

Post # 41
Bee
43 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Hotel Nelligan in Montreal, CA

@ksus07 Have you considered DIY videography as an option?  We worked with WeddingMix for our wedding and couldn’t be happier with the video we have (plus it was SO much more afforable than hiring a videographer).  If you want more info, check out the posts I wrote about why we decided to use them;

DIY Videography

This Modern Love: Reliving the Memories through WeddingMix

 

Post # 42
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455 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

We are firm on not having our wedding filmed. One aspect of weddings I don’t care for is how they can veer from an experience to a performance and I think a very visible videographer and multiple wedding photogs can bring that out in people.  I was at a wedding recently that had 3 videographers and 5 photographers  For a 200 person wedding. I know the couple were doing it to not miss a moment but everyone was so aware of being recorded at all times that it was all so stiff! Fiance and I specifically hired a great photog because he did a wedding we went to and blended in so well that you weren’t really aware he was taking photos until you saw the amazing shots later. 

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