Post # 1
Anyone here do their own videography and have advice?
My venue has a preferred list of vendors and while you can book someone else they have to okay the person’s insurance or whatnot…anyway, it’s more of a headache than I have time for right now. There’s only one videographer on the list, who is also the one DJ on the list. We are using them for our DJ (I didn’t want to use a DJ but Fiance was worried something would go wrong with sound equipment if we did it on our own), and were on the fence about the video.
We kinda had to make a decision this week (they had another possible booking and needed an answer), and after talking with my Fiance and family, we decided ‘no’. My mom said ‘i never watch my wedding video’ (i’m not sure she actually has one, i think she’s joking’), my dad wasn’t sold on the idea. And Fiance balked at the price. $2900 for the basic package. Which if we had a bigger budget might be okay…but also, they don’t do the style we want at all (cinematic–I want documentary style). And the main video being only 30 minutes long, it wouldn’t be able to include the whole ceremony and the key reception moments.
So…..Fiance is going to buy one or two HD cameras and then when we get to town (destination wedding) he’ll check out the venue and decide where to position the cameras. Then he’ll assign or or two of his friends to man the cameras. At some point he may edit the footage into an actual video (he’s a writer/director who’s first short film just got accepted into a film festival!), otherwise we’ll just show family and friends who couldn’t make it the ceremony, cake cutting and first dance.
Sorry for a long and rambling post. Any tips and tricks from those who have had family and friends do their video recording?
Post # 3
@bananagirl: I don’t know where you live, so I’m not sure about pricing in your area, but that seems steep for a 30 minute video (especially when it comes from the DJ). If you’re really interested in having a video, I would not do diy. Oue wedding was five years ago (almost) and ee did diy. Here’s what happens when you enlist your friends. The camera was shaky during the ceremony and we can barely hear what we are saying (and our firend was seated in the second row). We lost the second half of our first dance because when the DJ asked everyone to join us, they did. You can harldy hear the toasts and as the night went on, we have less and less to look back on because the party became more important to them (they were guests after all, so we should have expected it. I say to ditch the idea of buying two cameras and try to find a videograher that is better priced. We did diy because we couldn’t find someone that wasn’t cheesy, but now there are more companies that do modern videos. If I were doing it again, I would hire a pro. My sister just got married and got her video for $1500 and it was way better than our diy video. Try looking for someone else to do your video. Don’t be afraid of the “need to see insurance” thing. Most places require it and it’s more for the vendors to prove to the venue. You just need to ask if they have it and can prove it before you book them. You want all your vendors to be insured anyway, so it’s a step you should be checking for. Hope this helps.
Post # 4
You are already doing a few of my tips. We only had one and it was off to one side so the whole ceremony is my back and my husbands face. By having 2 you’ll be able to see both of you. Ours was also a little far away so it’s hard to hear sometimes. Have the person film continuosly during the processional. For whatever reason, the person doing ours kept stopping and starting it each time someone new walked down. Also, we didn’t plan this but someone grabbed the camera and filmed the speeches during the reception which was such an awesome surprise. I love being able to hear what my husband said over again. I wish someone would have grabbed the cameras and walked around a bit during the cocktail hour and during the dancing of the reception too.
Post # 5
Take a look at this blog post – it will help you with your dilema: http://bashertweddings.blogspot.com/2010/08/wedding-videography-great-debate.html
If you read the part near the end they mention a service which would be perfect for you. Either use their Flip cameras or send your own footage and they create a professionally edited DVD movie.
I can get you a 50% off coupon if you’re interested.
Good luck and make sure you get some footage of your wedding so you won’t regret it later.
Post # 6
We had a friend of DH’s videotape our wedding. We borrowed a tripod from my mom, asked him to tape the wedding, toasts, speeches, and special dances. We also asked that he didn’t “talk” thru out the whole taping like a lot of peole do. Other than that, we just let him do his thing. They turned out pretty good but he did miss taping a few of the toasts but I’m still happy to have some of the wedding recorded 🙂