(Closed) To videographer or not to videographer?! Poll

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Yes or no to videographer.
    Yes you will regret not having one : (73 votes)
    60 %
    No, not worth the $$$$ : (35 votes)
    29 %
    Other, please explain. : (14 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

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    MacKaylarae:  It depends on what is included in the package. Also, whether or not you want video is really up to you. Do you see yourself watching it years from now? Your kids? I personally love video and I think it’s the way of the future but some might not feel the same!

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

    I had video regret, but I don’t think you need a professional.  Have a couple of people record your vows and kiss.  I didn’t have a videographer, but family did record the vows.  The kiss was not recorded and I still wish that I had it.  

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I am having the same debate. It costs almost as much for the video as for the pictures. Pictures can always be printed or stored in a cloud but video formats (beta, VHS, DVD, ect) seem to change fairly frequently. A less expensive option is to purchase a nice video camera and have a trusted friend video the important highlights. I don’t know though…

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee

    I didn’t think I needed a videographer, but, this being my second go round, I regretted not having one the first go round.  Also, my fiance has some memory issues due to a medical condition, and I wanted to make sure that he could be reminded of the details.

    Post # 7
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    wow for $1600 that’s an awesome price. My videographer cost at least $2500. I heard one of the regret of many brides is not having a videographer so I made sure to include it in my budget.

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    If you can afford it I say do it. 

    Post # 9
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I went through the same should I/shouldn’t I with a videographer, and now I am completely glad I did hire one. While my wedding isn’t until June, my best friend just got married in November. She had a wonderful videographer and a bunch of friends all just got together yesterday to watch their video together. The video was beautiful, the editing was spectacular, and it was a great way to relive the day.

     

    The difference between having Aunt Hilda video the wedding and having a professional do it is the editing. She was able to have all the important moments (Vows, first dance, cake cutting, etc) without all of the in between lulls. The videographer edits all of that out while providing a steady, professional shot of the day!

     

    Whether you choose a professional or not, you should really think about having even someone with a hand held camera to capture the ceremony/important aspects of the reception.

     

    Good luck!

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: Hawksnest Cove Beach St John USVI

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    MacKaylarae:  we were SO torn on the issue!  We went back and forth so many times, but stIck to our budget which didn’t include a videographer. We had 2 people record the ceremony and even put it on YouTube for some family/friends who couldn’t make the ceremony. 

    It turned out amazing and I love it!  I love the raw unedited version with the guests funny comments that would have been taken out by a pro. I heard and saw things I never would have seen otherwise. Our family felt honored to do it and it turned out beautiful. No regrets!!!

    Post # 12
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

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    MacKaylarae:  I think the statement “You will regret not having a videographer” is by far the one thing that every bride hears during the planning process.  I’ve heard it over and over again and frankly, I’m just not buying it.  For starters, we are spending thousands on the photographer alone, as one of my must-haves was awesome pictures.  Videography would be another $1000-$2500. Second, I’ve been to weddings where the videographer set up camp at odd places in the ceremony and reception; at the last wedding I went to, he was practically standing in the middle of the aisle filming the vows!  Last, I just seriously do not see Fiance and I sitting down and watching the video enough to justify the cost.  Sure, maybe once after the wedding, and maybe we would share it with folks who couldn’t be there – but pictures can do that too, and at least those can be framed and displayed long after the wedding.

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: Hawksnest Cove Beach St John USVI

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    theatrejulia:  I understand that so much!   DH works in television and some of his first moments on screen (news) are in strange formats that are almost impossible to restore. I’m planning on researching more and getting these crazy films onto discs so we can see them later!  He’s only 31 so times have changed a ton in a short period of time!

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee

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    MacKaylarae:  

    The professional videographer is the one thing I don’t think I could skip out on but I am sentimentalt like that, just depends on you. 

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015 - Carmen\'s Lakeview

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    MacKaylarae:  I am in the sae situation! We are definitely getting closer to hiring a videographer 🙂

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