Post # 1
I’m overwhelmed when it comes to looking and paying for a videographer. I really don’t want anything fancy, I just want my ceremony taped. Is it worth trying to find a cheap videographer or am I better off having a friend set up a tripod at the back of the church? I’m not looking for an edited movie or anything fancy, just something to have.
Do I have any negotiating room when it comes to videographers or are they going to be put off by my lack of interest in anything fancy?
Post # 3
This is really a personal decision. It really depends more on how important the quality of the recording is for you. We did a diy video and now we wish we had done a better video. The sound is bad and you can’t really hear our vows. Parts of our reception were recorded, but we have nothing in full (half our first dance, a piece of a dance with my grandfather, etc…). The toasts are hard to understand because of the noise in the reception hall.
My sister got a pro video because our diy turned out so poorly and we envy her video. It cost her $2000 and she feels it was well worth her money. Her video has everything she wanted to see and you can hear everything clearly. That is the real difference between pro and diy to me.
As far as negotiating goes, I think as long as you are being resaonable it would be okay. Like I wouldn’t go to a guy charing $5000 for a fancy edited video and ask him to come shoot your ceremony, but if you can find a guy for $1000 dollars that does a decent, plain type of edit, he may be more willing to work with you.