(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

    No, not worth the $$$$

    Other, please explain.

  • Post # 31
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: Rocky Mountains-May 2017

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    MrsPhishBee:  Oh not for a year or 2. Not really all that set on a date. Either march 2016 or march 2017. Mostly depends on school. I’m addicted to planning things so wedding planning is something I get a little over excited about. 

    Post # 32
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Having video was not even a question for us. And we’re not people who film things either, just mostly our dogs and once in a while us doing something fun. But wedding video was something we knew we’d want no matter what. I have watched it countless times and love how it takes me back in a different way than photos. There’s things I forgot about until I saw it on film. If you can afford it, go for it. I don’t think you’d regret it at all. It’s something your future kids will have of their mom and dad, and such a special day that you want to remember in all forms. $1600 is a great deal!!

    Post # 33
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    If you can afford it, get the videographer!  You won’t regret it, I promise!  DH was against it at first and I was on the fence because of our budget.  Quotes from local videograpers started from $2500+, but then I found a great cinematic style videographer on Craigslist who was just starting out, and we only paid $950 for all day coverage, a highlight video, 3 DVDs of the full edited video, and a hard drive of the raw footage.  

    It’s true, no one will interested in watching the whole video except for you, DH, and maybe your parents, but a photographer can’t capture some of the moments the way a videographer can. Reliving DH’s vows, our parents’ speeches, and seeing guests having a great time and their reactions to our shoe game are priceless to me.  

    Plus, I got to see moments that people only told me about: My dog and flower girl’s trip down the aisle, all of the kids playing with each other during cocktail hour, my Mother-In-Law & Father-In-Law getting ther boogie on the dance floor when we were having photos taken, etc…

     

    Post # 34
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    Newbee

    My fiance and I decided to ditch the videographer but we are still getting a wedding video. My sister used a really cool wedding video app last October so after seeing the results we defitently decided to use it as well. We are on a tight wedding budget and this app will allow our guests to upload all the videos and photos they take and then the company will professionally edit into a video. The service it’s called “weddingmix” and they have amazing reviews. 

    I highly recomend to check them out :).

    Post # 36
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    Newbee

    I had the same thought, as I think most brides do, when planning for our wedding. One of the first things we booked was our photographer because my fiance loves photography so he wanted to pick the best that we could afford and ensure we could book them. I orgianlly didn’t want video as I thought it would be a waste but then I kept doubting myself as I kept thinking I would love to have a video at least of the whole ceremony and our first dance. In the end, I decided to go with a veideographer that cost the same as yours and he will be there from us getting ready to the end of the reception. My wedding is next week and I am so glad I have a videographer. I don’t care if I only watch it once, but if I have it so that I can watch it that one time and show family and friends that may have missed it, I’ll be happy.

    In relation to professional V family, we went with professional simply because I didn’t want to burden anyone at the wedding with worrying about getting everything or missing something and worrying if the voices will be able to be heard etc. Unless you have a semi-prof video person that’s coming, I would hire a professional. Might cost a bit extra but at the end of the day, they have to worry and are onyl focused on that as their job and your family and friends just have to worry about having fun!!

    Post # 37
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    We weren’t initially planning on having videography, but have now gone ahead and booked someone. My fiancée recently lost her mom and mentioned how devastated she was by the idea of not remembering her voice, how she moved, etc. Capturing the moments is becoming really important to her because of that. We’d already splurged for amazing photographers and ended up finding a good deal on video ($1640 taxes in for 8 hours of coverage with two videographers, a 4-5 minute highlight video set to the song of our choice, minimum 1 hour full-day edit, 2 DVDs, 2 Blu-Rays and 2 USB copies). I agree with a PP that even strangers’ wedding videos make me cry versus photos, so I’m excited to see ours!

    Post # 38
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I had a videograoher. There was no way I was going to take that out. I love my video and trailer. It’s just something else when you can watch actual footage of your vows, first dance, kiss, etc. rather than just seeing still pics. 

    Now, do I look at my pictures more after the wedding? Yes. Does this make me regret paying for a videographer? Not one bit. 

    If you can ONLY have one, I would go with a great photographer. But if you can afford both somehow, do it. 

    Post # 39
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

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    orchidblooms:  totally agree. I didn’t even consider getting one as I knew I’d never watch the video. I kept saying I was going to have a friend bring one to record vows, first dance and speech…well I forgot the day of and am a little bummed. 

    OP, if you can afford it to for it. I’m not devastated and don’t feel like I missed out, just hindsight…but we all know how that is!

     

     

    Post # 40
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

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    jordmc24:  I think if there wasn’t a partial video in existence I’d be better about it…but just having a little bit is torture!

    Post # 41
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

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    MacKaylarae:  Absolutely hire a videographer! That price is not bad either. I wasn’t sure about videography initially and DH convinced me. Now I could not imagine not having it! It’s such a special day video helps bring you back even more than photos. Plus, then you get to see moments you weren’t there for on your wedding. I recently got mine back and I love watching it, it was really great to re-live it and see reactions and everyone having a blast.

    Post # 42
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    We love our wedding video! It was so worth the money (~$2400 for 12hrs of coverage) and made up for how disappointed we were with our wedding photography. They catch so many moments that would otherwise be missed or forgotten from the day. We have watched the trailer atleast 50 times (mostly me, haha) and have agreed to watch the full length video on our anniversary each year. If you have the money for it, it’s definitely worth it! 

    Post # 43
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    I really wanted to get professional coverage of our ceremony on tape, so we’re having a videographer. I find that when I watch videos of events, I get transported back to that spot unlike when I look at photos. For instance, I took little mini videos of our last trip to Jamaica with my camera that my fiance called a waste of time at the time I took them, however watching those videos bring a smile to both our faces and helps us remember all the little things that we found so amazing about our trip. I definitely want to get that with my wedding video as well.

    Post # 44
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I highly recommend getting a videographer! I love our video more than our pictutes! It captures the true feel and look better than pictures. I love getting to see all the little things I missed! I adore our wedding video! Keep looking around you might be able to find someone for less! 

    Post # 45
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

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    MacKaylarae:  So from the start, I was adament I wasn’t going to pay for a videographer because I had a limited budget and wanted to put it towards the photographer. I had in my head that I’d ‘figure it out’ later. When the week of the wedding came around I kind of freaked out and realized I wanted at least a few video clips that I could put together in a highlight reel myself. I started overloading on the blogging and really got worried that I had made a mistake. However, in the end, I got many video clips from some family members who offered to shoot specific parts of the wedding that I wanted (e.g. first dance, processional, etc.). We had a small wedding and everyone wanted to be a part of it (Thanks http://www.apracticalwedding.com for the helpful insight to DIY videography). The videos/clips were done on a variety of cameras (some on high end dSLRs, others on simple point and shoot).

    Also, I have an iPhone 6 and it shoots amazing video. My bridesmaid convinced me to hand over my phone to her husband and he was so fantastic – all our clips are so representative of the moment. He even took some pictures of details that our photographer didn’t get. And my friends passed my phone around during the wedding and left selfies and video messages on it for me. I guess it was the modern version of leaving a disposible camera at the table. I also discovered an app called SnapStill that I can use to pull shots from the videos that I like. They’re not super high quality but they give me a guest perspective that I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.

    I’m going to take all these clips and make a highlight reel for myself. Cost: $0 upfront (will cost me my time to do the work but honestly, I love DIY. 

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