Post # 31
We opted out of a videographer. I’m a pretty sentimental person, but for me I like to reminisce through photos. To this day I’ve never watched my parents video, nor do I know anyone who has sat down and watched their own wedding video. At least where I live, most of the videos are more like artsy “short films” with lots of staged posing and wistfully looking out the window, etc. I don’t want a video capturing fake moments.
With that said, my photographer suggested a great idea – having someone (or a few people) in the audience film the ceremony using a GoPro. You could also try to find someone who will just film the ceremony (maybe an amateur or newly starting videographer?) If you’re not looking for the creativity and really just want to capture the ceremony, your vows, first kiss, etc. then maybe that could be an option
Post # 32
soontobenoone : you should have one it is a good investment and you’ll be able to relive your wedding day… Everytime i watch my wedding video i seriously cry because i love it so much and couldn’t imagine if i didnt have it
Post # 33
soontobenoone : Don’t worry about it. It’s a reasonable question.
Post # 34
I am SO happy we splurged and got a videographer! Our pictures are amazing but there’s something about getting to relive the day on video.
Post # 35
Absolutely, but I’m biased because photography is my hobby. 35% of our wedding budget is photography and videography. We made concessions everywhere else. People have told me the day will fly by and I won’t remember. Photos only tell so much, but I would love ot have our vows, people, and reception on video. Our videographers are giving us a discount because our wedding is on a weekday and lunch reception. If it’s important to you, make it work, but you have to prioritize that against everything else.
Post # 36
Our wedding isn’t till next September but we’re planning on having video. I think it will be good to add another dimension and as the bride there will be some live moments I’ll miss, like Fiance nervously shuffling (or maybe not but in my mind that’s how it will go). I kind of like the idea of having a 15min “trailer”. I think it will be cool for anyone that missed it to feel like they were there without having to flick through a million pictures. If there’s room for it in the budget I’d say go for it, if not I guess having good photography coverage will be enough.
Post # 37
I watch the videos more than the photos. So definitely worth it
Post # 38
I love my video. Instead of the usual 8min video and highlight reel we got a 27minute feature film. It is amazing. I honestly feel like it’s the perfect length to watch on anniversaries. We even asked for a shorter highlight reel after the fact and have no regrets coughing up the extra cash for it.
We had three video cameras that captured the day which made a huge difference because you get different perspectives of the entire day. They even got details that you forget such as the invite, and details you do not see like your groom getting ready, the pre reception or the vendors setting up, and they also got details I had already forgot like just how beautiful the venue was and how there was a hurricane that day and the weather was beginning to clear.
I love that I now have my family on a great quality video looking their best at their happiest. It means a lot to me now and I know it will mean even more years from now.
Post # 39
Darling Husband and I opted NOT to hire a videographer. We decided that having 2 photographers and the amount of people that have smartphones these days, it was plenty. DH’s father (FIL) ended up bringing his own camcorder and had a friend record our ceremony and parts of our reception (without our permission…which is another topic in itself). We haven’t even bothered to even go and pick up the tape yet. Someday we probably will watch it, but for the time being, we loved the photographs we received and don’t need to watch a video to remind us of our big day.
If you do want videography, but are torn about the cost, there are some alternatives out there like this: http://www.storymixmedia.com/weddingmix/
Post # 40
Just wanted to share my two cents on this! My friend got married last year and she decided to skip out on having a videographer. HUGE regret! She keeps telling me nonstop to not make the same mistake as she did. Photographs are great, but it can’t capture certain emotions and actions like a video. I’ve been doing some research and came across this company on Instagram that travels – NST Pictures (http://www.nstpictures.com) and I like how it makes the videos look like movie trailers!
Post # 41
It is possible to get decent video of your wedding without a videographer (that’s the route we took!)
BUT, I have experince with videograhpy and so do a lot of my friends. We already had equitment, cameras and editing software to do so. And even so, if you’re doing it yourself, you’re not going to be able to get certain effects if no one is really operting the camera (we pretty much just set them up around the venue and on tripods)
So if it’s in your budget, please get a videographer. Even as a photographer, if a couple ask which is better IMO to have, I tell them to get a videographer
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Post # 43
We only had the videographer record our first look and ceremony. I LOVE it and highly recommend that. We didn’t feel the need for the reception.
Post # 44
Thank you for everyone’s input! I’m having the same dilemma. We are spending quite a bit on getting a great photographer, but now I’m thinking I’ll want a videographer as well. I didn’t really think about it, but now I’m definitely learning towards hiring one. It seems like everyone loves their wedding footage.
kellykapoor : Thanks for the tip on contacting videographers and letting them know the budget and seeing what they can do for that amount. By the way, I live in SF as well and love your engagement photos in City Hall and around the City. SF photographs so well!
Post # 45
SOUND! Vows, giggles, speeches, “you may now kiss the bride!”, the music from dancing!
MOVEMENT! dancing, kisses, hugs, smiles…
Idk–that’s what did it for me. I suggest looking at baby pics and then watching a home movie. Ask yourself which one feels more real and which you’d rather look at if you had to pick between the two.