(Closed) Should I get a videographer for my wedding?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Should I get a videographer, despite the cost?
    Yes - You won't regret it : (26 votes)
    63 %
    No - It's not really necessary : (15 votes)
    37 %
  • Post # 3
    9095 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I’m not having one. The liklihood of me watching the video more than twice is very slim to none. It would sit in a drawer or a box to never see the light of day. I put the money I would have put towards a videographer towards something else.

    Also, our photographer (Who also does videography) told us that she felt it wasn’t worth the money. I agreed with her.

    Post # 4
    389 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I didn’t vote in the poll because I didn’t have a videographer for my wedding, so I can’t comment from first hand experience.

    But I think those people that spend the money for a videographer don’t regret it, and those that choose not to have a videographer don’t miss it.

    Post # 5
    474 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I’m with @babymakes3.  We are not planning on having a videographer even though we’ve viewed some AWESOME ones of other weddings.

    Post # 6
    2334 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I voted “yes.”  The movement of your dress, your grandparents dancing, the way you said your vows- these are things photography cannot capture.  It seems like you can either be a video person (will watch the video, enjoys having a visual representation of your memories) or you’re not (the video will sit on a shelf).  I actually wish I had considered videography in the beginning and spent a little less on other things because I realized I am one of those people.

    Post # 7
    3768 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

    I plan to have a videographer and it was one of the things I made sure to work in my budget.  I guess it depends — are you the kind of person who likes records of things? I personally love taking photos and videos to capture moments in my life, and I do like going back to my photos and videos from time to time to reminisce.  I honestly never even though of videography until I saw some of the cinematically edited videos and I immediately knew that I wanted to capture our day like that.

    I think you can find some reasonably priced videographers if you look a lot — try Craigslist, try the wedding review sites, but also try looking for newer, just established studios who might be more willing to give a price break in order to fill their portfolio.  Also maybe look on college message boards for any cinema students who might be interested in such a video for their portfolio.  This is assuming you’re looking for a cinematic edit — if you are just looking for a documentarian, I think you might even be okay looking at the “big box photo/video companies” like George Street or Jolie (altho make sure to read reviews for your local branch; there are praises and then there are horror stories all the time). 

    Post # 8
    1408 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I am spending a lot on our wedding photographer. While I have seen some amazing videos on the bee, its not something I felt was necessary for us to have. We decided to take the extra 2K and put it towards our 3K photographer budget. It made my favorite photographer within our budget. I am happy with our decision. 

    Post # 9
    317 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @chrissyb464:  When my fiance and I hired our photographer, we decided not to add the cinematography package because (1) we thought it was too much money for a video, and (2) we convinced ourselves that the photos would be enough, but then my fiance’s brother got married.  After watching my future brother in law’s wedding video we IMMEDIATELY decided to contact out photographer and add on the cinematography package.  Yes it is a lot of money (an additional $3,000) however, knowing that we will be able to watch moments that we may have missed that day or have been too emotionally overwhelmed to process, and knowing that we will be able to have on film the sight and sound of all of our loved ones celebrating our wedding for the rest of our lives sealed the deal for us.  

    Post # 10
    2295 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Can you find a less expensive one? Ours is only $800 and she does fantastic work.

    Post # 12
    218 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Many of my friends that have gotten married have said not having a videographer was their biggest regret. I had iniitally decided not to get a videographer to save $, but have since changed my mind.

    You may not watch the entire video, but many videographers do 5 min wedding highlights that are like youtube videos. Although short, they really highlight the day so well. I finally decided to get one after seeing my videographers work. My fiance and I got teary from watching the highlights of complete strangers so I can only imagine how much we’d end up loving our own. 

    Post # 13
    9755 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2019

    I plan on having a videographer, I watch my parents’ wedding video at least once or twice a year 🙂 It is definitely a good idea in my opinion!

    Post # 14
    2874 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    im not having one. my Mother-In-Law hired one for my despedida (mexican bridal shower type thing) and i felt really self conscious and aware he was there/ couldnt relax at all

    but most people aren’t like me i realise haha

    i also dont think id ever really watch it again

    Post # 15
    23593 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I didn’t have one, and looking back, I think that’s one of my mini regrets from our wedding day.  I say if you can manage a budget for it, do it!

    Post # 16
    926 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @Jacqui90:  That’s really sweet. I wish I had my parents’ videos to watch..

    AFM, we did hire one and are relieved we did. Our photographer did an amazing job but he did miss things I thought were standard. Also as others have mentioned it’s wonderful to hear the vows and the speeches again. And lastly I can’t say I have any video of my dad other than this so I’m glad I have something of him now. 

    I think if you decide against pro video, at the very least, get a tripod and camcorder and get a family member to ensure the important moments are captured. You won’t regret it if you at least have something.

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