(Closed) Should I hire a videographer? *vent

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
174 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I am in the same situation as you. I dont know whether to get a videographer. I feel like i’d watch it once after and then it would sit there for 25 years before I pull it out again.

We are going to leave it out for now ( 9 months out) and wait until were a little closer to the date. If the budget is in order, then I do think we will spring for it.


Maybe if you dont want to spend a fortune, contact your local college or university and see if there is anyone from the AV school that would do it. I am sure that you could get the same results for a fraction of the price.

Post # 4
583 posts
Busy bee

See if your photographer has the capability to shoot small video clips.  Ours does so he’ll shoot the speeches and I’m still deciding on if I want our vows videoed.  We have a second shooter so if the primary is videoing we’ll still have pictures.

Post # 5
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Let me share my story. I’m getting married in November, and was very against a videographer. I felt they are intrusive, and if something embarassing happened (fall) I didn’t want to be faces with seeing it over and over making me hate my day etc. My fiance and I don’t really like being the center of attention as it is. I also was not interested in having one around when I was getting ready in the morning. I unfortunately get bitchy when I am nervous. I didn’t want to live with that on a video also. So all along we have been like no, no video.

Two months ago I was sitting with a women at work and she telling me how fast the day goes buy etc. and how she loved seeing her video because she got to enjoy her wedding. I in return tell her I am not getting one. She looked at me and said, “Melissa, my wedding video, was the last chance I got to see my father happy.” He died shortly after, and she said that is a piece of him she always has. So I started thinking of a situation like that and was filled with emotion. My sister in law also says how she loves showing my nephews when mom and dad got married.

As of a month ago, I found a videographer that will literally record just my church ceremony, and my reception for just $450.00. He does good quality, and will capture JUST the parts I want! Those are basically all I want to see anyway. When I am walkig down the aisle, I would have missed my bridesmaid, and grooms enterance etc. I;ve spent all this time and money planning things, and will never see it all if I don’t get a video. Even if you can find someone to record on a personal camera, you may consider getting one. Pictures were definately more important to me, but somethings seeing the real moment is worth it. I really hope I don’t regret it, but Im sure I won’t. Good luck!

Post # 6
8389 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would look around and see if you can find someone for cheaper…2k seems pretty high. We’re just having our ceremony and cocktail hour video’d and it’s like $250/hour I believe.

Post # 7
3697 posts
Sugar bee

We had a couple of guests volunteer to film the ceremony for us, and we are taking them up on it. For our purposes, we need *a* video (my mom will want one, and we need to send one to FI’s grandmother because she’s ill and it’s highly unlikely she’ll be able to travel for the wedding), but we are not concerned about having a highly professional product. One of FI’s friends and the father of one of my friends have volunteered to take video for us, and we are gratefully accepting (and hoping that two cameras will be extra insurance for getting decent footage).

I know a lot of  Bees on here caution against relying on friends or on “making guests work at the wedding,” but for what we need, and for what they have offered to us in the spirit of a genuine gift, this will work out very well.  The PP’s suggestion about asking your photographer to get some film footage is also a good one.

Post # 8
4193 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

We spent our money on a top photographer instead. FI’s sister set up his go pro at the ceremony, so we have video- the only bad thing is that it was set up in one position, so you only see my back. I’m hoping someone sitting on the other side took video during the ceremony. If not, I’ll survive! 🙂

We also have clips from the special dances. I think you can find someone who’s less expensive (talk to your photographer-some offer as an add-on) We didn’t want to spend the money, as our friends said they watched their video once, if that. “I don’t even know where ours is,” was a common reply.

Post # 9
1212 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We didn’t feel the need for a big fancy wedding video, but still wanted some moments recorded.

So, we rented a good video camera and had my brother video the important moments like speeches and dances. The videos are amazing quality and I’m so glad that I have them! I have watched them a couple times already…

Post # 10
640 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We weren’t going to get a videographer because I thought it was cheesy and old fashioned to have someone up in everyone’s faces taking video, but then I came across this videographer that does more cinematic movies and had to have it! Photos of course are wonderful, but nothing captures the emotion of the day like a great videographer. I think if you look around you can definitely find someone for under 2 grand. Or, just have someone for the ceremony through the first dance. Think of it as the first of many home movies you all will have together.

Post # 11
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We don’t have it yet (takes about 2 months, and wedding was one month ago), but we hired a videographer.  I talked to a good friend of mine who said that not hiring one was his big regret.  He said that the day went by so fast, and he was so overwhelmed he couldn’t remember much after the fact, so a video would have preserved that.  I am very much looking forward to watching our video, and I’m sure we’ll at least watch it on anniversaries.  Video will capture people better than photo will in some regards, and I know that when certain relatives pass, we will really value having them on film.

Post # 12
475 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I was in the same boat… the cheapest I could find was our friend who was offering to do it for $1250 (after a HUGE discount) and I just couldn’t justify it. But the other day, I decided to poke around on craigslist to see if any students may be advertising. Obviously I’m always weary of craigslist, but surprisingly, I found an AWESOME videographer that’s young and in school and he’s only charging $500 for the entire day! His work is seriously just as good as the pros that are charging $2000+. Ask around and look into hiring someone trying to build up their portfolio. Unless you’re looking for an absolute masterpiece, I think its kind of difficult for someone to royally screw up your video (obviously it’s more reassuring if they do have samples to show you though).

Post # 13
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Well I was on the fence originally as well, but we’ve watched ours many times already – Darling Husband LOVES it and shows it to anyone and everyone – I am not joking, he’s been known to keep a DVD in his car just in case someone expresses interest :).  Like MelissaS2012, I had mentioned to a friend that I was thinking of skipping it, and she told me that they watched it on their anniversary for the first few years and thought it was fine, but now they watch it with their children to remember her Father-In-Law who passed away a few years ago… That was enough for me to go ahead and pull the trigger. 

ETA:  Our videographer was no more intrusive or in people’s faces than our photographer was, which was not at all – if they are professionals you won’t even know they are there!

Post # 14
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think that having a videographer there will help me see all of the parts of the day that I missed or forgot! You can’t see everything or remember everyones faces – I think its a great way to preserve those memories.

Post # 16
522 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

we didn’t want a videographer but my friends talked me into it last minute, they said I would regret it and I sort of panicked. We went all out on out photographers which was most important to us, and decided to just hire the very cheap videographer suggested by our church, and only for the ceremony. (our church said guests were not allowed to record….)  It’s not very good quality but I’m happy I did it. I’ve watched it a couple times by myself and then again with Darling Husband and with a couple of friends that wanted to see it. The quality is completely unprofessional, looks like something any random guest could have recorded, but it’s something fun to watch and since it was so cheap I don’t really care much. 

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