(Closed) To have a videographer, or to not have a videographer….HELP?!

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
3697 posts
Sugar bee

My sister got married 5 years ago and she told us, “Mom will want a video, she’ll insist on it – and she will be the only one, including yourselves, who will ever watch it.” Wink We do need to have one for her and for FI’s grandma, who probably will be to frail to travel to our wedding, but we are not sinking a bunch of $$$ into it. We asked one of FI’s good friends and one of my cousins (both good with cameras) to record it for us. We don’t care about having a professional-quality video, we just want something to make Mom and Grandma happy, so that’s our solution, and we figure with two cameras that will help safeguard against anything catastrophic like a dead battery, an out-of-focus setting, etc.

Post # 4
8472 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I say cut back on something else and get your videographer.  It’s the only time you can relive the whole day. 

There are so many to choose from, you’d be surprised how inexpensive some are.  Ours is costing $1600 which to me was the highest I’d go.. (Actually it’s $100 over)

Post # 5
2107 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Ha ha!  I was just thinking about this this morning, and I’m SO glad that I didn’t shell out the money for a videographer.  Father-In-Law gave his video camera to a family friend to film, and another family friend brought their camera as well.  We’ve watched FIL’s video once, and I have no desire to watch it again anytime soon.  It was great to see, but I’m just not the type of person to sit and watch it multiple times.  I may take a peek at it on our anniversaries, but in the long run, I’m so glad I put that money towards something else. 

Post # 6
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We didn’t have a professional video, but a friend took the video.  And I have not watched it once in3 years.

Post # 7
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m in the same situation and at this point, we have signed contracts for everything so I can’t really cut down on anything else to afford one so we are doing without (unless some miracle happens). Fiance definitely doesn’t care for one so if we get one, it is out of my pocket. I’ve been told by vendors (e.g. MUA) that it’s not so much about watching it now or even in a year, but watching it when you have children and going “That’s mommy and daddy!” They said that it was nice to at least get the ceremony/vow exchange filmed, especially if you are writing your own. That said, it seems like a lot of the people who did get video thought it was a bit of a waste whereas the people who didn’t wished they did. In some ways, it’s the “grass is greener” concept.

Post # 8
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

I too made the mistake of watching pro wedding videos (not the doc style, the real edited, cinematic features that are so popular now!) and ended up hiring a videographer.  Not in our original budget, but Fiance was impressed by the examples too and allowed me to bump it up.  Now, that is not necessarily a good option for you.. but I don’t think that just having Uncle Jack film your wedding will be the same if you are going for that stylized movie or highlight reel.  One option I looked into a bit but didn’t pursue was WedFlik, which I believe rents out a couple cameras to you so you can have friends videotape the day, then you send the camera back to the company and they edit it for you.  So you can get the editing but don’t need to pay for the actual labor of filming.

Good luck!!

Post # 9
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We went for a videographer full package and cut down the photographer’s time to just me getting ready, pre ceremony and during the cocktail hour and wedding breakfast (the sit down meal straight after the wedding ceremony here in England, but really its more of a late lunch which leads into an evening party) So we have official photos for that but figure we don’t need any for the rest of the evening as the videographer will capture that atmoshere better. I also decided against wedding transport by choosing to stay at the venue the night prior and I ‘ll go for an inexpensive dress, to justify the huge video spend (its the biggest spend after the actual wedding package). An other things like wrist corsages for bridesmaids, rather than bouquets, cheap veil (drop veil from theweddingveilshop.co.uk which turned out to be magical despite the price!)

Its up to you. But if you want it its doable. For me my adjustments on other things actually meant the budget coming down overall despite adding the videography xx

Post # 10
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I would say to have a friend record it at the very least. I was totally set on not having a videographer either. And like you, I stupidly started watching wedding videos because every single girlfriend of mine who is married said I would regret not having one. And like you, I fell in love with them. I realized that if I could get this emotional (read: cry) over a stranger’s wedding video then I need one of my own. We were fortunate enough to have the funds to pay for this new item for our wedding, but our original plan was to just buy a cheap Flip cam (about $100) and give it to a friend to record.

Post # 11
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

This is a must for me. I’m a freak when it comes to recording memories and photography and videography are a must in my books. But, I can tell you they won’t be going table by table to have each guest send well-wishes on camera. Ugh, I hate that! As a guest, it’s so awkward and I can’t imagine enjoying seeing it as a bride. I would much rather have the overall day caught on camera.

If you’re not looking for super-duper-Oscar-award-winning-camera work, seek out students from a local college who has a film department. Luckily, a friend of ours has his own business and will be giving us a full day’s filming (from getting ready to the end of the reception) with two people filming for $550.00 (down from $775.00 for one person filming).

Post # 12
569 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

This wasn’t initially in our budget but then I saw some really good, edited, cinematic videos on blogs and realised what we could be missing out on.

So I looked into it. A lot of people were booked. I kept coming back to this one videographer whose work I loved, but he was out of budget. I figured I had nothing to lose by speaking to him anyway – the worst he could do was say no. He said he could give us 10% off as it’s a weekday wedding. I explained it was still too much and asked what he could do if we had a shorter final edit.

And he gave us a £600 (about $942) discount. So we could afford it, after all.

Post # 13
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

That is exactly why I ended up hiring one – watching others videos! Lol. I hope the high price I’m paying for the photog/videographer combo is worth it, I think it will be since those are the only things you really get to have after the day is over (other than good memories ofcourse!!)

Post # 14
4194 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Most of the friends I’ve talked to have watched their video once or twice, so we didn’t feel it was worth the money. I think we’ll get enough amateur recordings to suffice.

Post # 16
925 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My cousin recorded it on a handheld and it turned out fine! If we really want to get fancy we can make our own video on one of those editing sites. Be cheap and do it yourself!!

To be honest, I’m really glad we did record it because I think I’d have regretted it if we didn’t. Even though it’s just a home video, I’m glad those memories are preserved, especially the moments where I get choked up–you can’t see it in pictures but you can hear it in my voice on the video. 

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