Pros and Cons of having a Videographer?!

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Should we spend the money on a videographer?
    Yes : (49 votes)
    82 %
    No : (11 votes)
    18 %
  • Post # 16
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2016 - Presidio Log Cabin

    bretagne422 : completely agree with you!

    I was also torn and ultimately was deciding not to have one, but all of my friends said they either regretted it if they didn’t, or LOVED it if they did!

    I could only carve out $1200 (which is not a lot in San Francisco). My planner gave me the advice to email a few videographers with our (smaller than average) budget and ask what they could do in that range for a custom package. I actually got super positive responses and they all were able to give me a special package that had fewer hours of coverage, 1 shooter instead of 2, but still get the trailer video and the raw footage.

    Post # 17
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    907 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Absolutely get one! It was the one recommendation that everyone gave us. 

    Post # 18
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    4097 posts
    Honey bee

    soontobenoone :  We are definitely getting one. It would suck to regret it afterwards if you did not have one. 

    Post # 19
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    1018 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    I very much eye roll at most of the stuff that the wedding industry says are ‘must haves.’ It’s all usually overpriced and not even noticed on the day. However I honestly think a videographer is a true must have if anyway possible.

    Post # 22
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    76 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    BeeLovesMTB :  But you get to keep all the raw footage!

    Post # 23
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    76 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    bretagne422 :  That’s exactly what I want to do! Just raw footage, and if I want to later when I have the money we can get it edited. Was it difficult finding someone to do that? Mind telling me where you’re located?

    Post # 24
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    907 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    We ended up getting ours through Thumbtack. It’s a legitimate wedding videography business, but they had some extra days to fill so went that route. It saved us a couple hundred over going directly through their website. 

    Post # 25
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    76 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    Personally I’d rather spend more on videography than photography. My fiance’s dad passed away a few months ago and I know it would have meant so much to have mannerisms, voices, etc recorded.

     

    Post # 27
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    924 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    rcf11 :  I’m in South Carolina and the videographer is from Charleston. I didn’t have too hard of a time finding someone willing to film that way (people want to book you, after all!). The tricky thing I did run into was being in a really demanding wedding market in the most popular month. I’m my videographer’s last available slot on my wedding date! If May is popular where you live, you can’t book too soon, I think. 

    Post # 28
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    76 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    bretagne422 :  Good point! People are more willing to work with you if you have an off season wedding. That’s one reason I’ve considered getting married at the end of February. I live in Texas so it doesn’t get too cold anyway!

     

    Post # 29
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    518 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I say absolutely YES! We just got our wedding photos back yesterday, and although I absolutely adore them, there are a lot of things photos miss. We did get a video package, and I can’t wait to see it in a few months when it is done! Photos miss the vows, some of the tears and facial expressions, all of the toasts, the first dance and parent dances if you’re having them. 

    On top of that, what they say about your wedding day being a whirlwind and being in sort of a daze all day is very true. I remember the evening perfectly, but I know I missed a lot of what was going on because I can only be in one place at a time. I can’t wait to watch the video and see the wedding as our guests saw it, instead of up at the altar / running around taking photos and talking to guests.

    Post # 30
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    446 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I am sooooo happy I got one!  The day goes by so fast that you probably won’t remember much of your day!  Something to i would reccomend to splurge on!

    I think something to think about though is the qaulity of the video.  I’ve seen some VERY cheap versions of wedding videos that don’t seem worth the money.

     

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