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

posted 6 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 # 46
    4885 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

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    MacKaylarae:  If you can afford it in your budget, go for it. I know many who wish they would have had one that didn’t.

    We only recorded our ceremony, and had one of DH’s cousins do it. He works for a radio station, and was in charge of videotaping sports plays while football games were going on… so experience. We just set up a tripod in the Gazebo we had the cerfemony in and it worked well. He did zoom in too much during the kiss, but other than that – easy to do!

    Our ceremony was an entire 7 minutes long and saved on our computers… it was quick!

    Post # 47
    94 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I’m in the same situation- I’m very much toying with the idea of buying a new camcorder (200$) or two and asking two guests to film the ceremony and have the camcorders passed around during the party. The topside of that would be, we’ll have a new camcorder for our honeymoon!!! 🙂

    Post # 48
    27 posts

    I just hired mine. It is a must have in any wedding in Brazil (where I am from). I am getting married in USA and it seems it is not that common here. I decided having one just so my family that won’t be able to come can watch it later; I do want to watch it years from now; I want to have the teaser video with highlights of the wedding to share the emotions of the day. 

    Post # 49
    287 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2015 - Ballroom

    I was torn, too – especially with all of the checks I have been writing already! But I found a husband and wife team who do beautiful work, and I don’t have to pay for it until I am happy with the final result. I put down a reasonable deposit, and will pay the rest a month or two after the wedding.  

    Post # 50
    300 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I was in the same boat. Good photos for me are a must since they will be on my walls, but I wasn’t sure if video was worth it. Fiance and I decided we just wanted something to have to show our children. So we found a videographer that just started last year that is charging $500. He is much better than “Uncle Joe”, but not beautiful movie worthy. 

    Post # 51
    109 posts
    Blushing bee

    Definitely hire one if you can. It is great having the older family members on video dancing. I didn’t think it was a big deal but my Fiance insisted so we hired one and it was money well spent. Our grandparents are in their 80s so we wanted the memories of them. The price you were quoted is great! I couldn’t find anyone under $2,500. Even if you only watch it once at least you have it.

    Post # 52
    47 posts
    • Wedding: October 2015

    We decided to splurge on the photographer and go semi-DIY on the video. We’re trying WeddingMix, which allows you to rent some cameras and have your guests download an app to share pictures and video. After the wedding, you upload all of it and give the company some guidelines for editing, including selecting scenes that you want to include, and they edit it for you. The length of the video depends on your package. You also get all the raw footage so you can always go back and make your own extended edit if you want. The package we got was about $400, half upfront and half closer to the wedding.

    We’re going to have one person from each of our families film on the rented cameras and make guests aware of the app in case they want to participate. I’m not expecting the same product you would get from a pro of course, but hope it turns out to have some personality and funny moments.

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