(Closed) Video– Should I do it?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Should we hire a videographer?
    No, DIY is fine in your case. : (16 votes)
    53 %
    Yes, find a new professional pr seasoned amatuer. : (11 votes)
    37 %
    Sort of-- hire someone to edit the DIY videos you take. : (3 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    11105 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @ellabee: I know where you’re coming from. It’s not the sort of thing we want to book and pay for but I would like some film of me and Fiance and me in my dress. So we’re going to get someone to use our one and do a bit of recording and as it’s one of your low priorities i’d be tempted to suggest the same thing to you.

    Post # 5
    2788 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Video was our lowest priority also (surprising that it is low for so many people!) however, a week before the wedding we decided to book someone. My cousin is actually a professional videographer, but he told us early on that he’d rather just enjoy the wedding than be worried about shooting it.  I honestly do not think it is a good idea to depend on either of your dad’s to do the video themselves…I understand the sentiment to do it himself rather than pay someone, but I think hiring a professional will be better for you in the long run. 

    I guess what you need to think about is, after the wedding, what shots are you hoping to see? When we thought about it, there were some really important shots that I knew I wanted to see in the future; our dance, the ceremony, our family dancing etc. I think having a video camera just at the reception ‘willy nilly’ will result in a lot of family and friends goofing off in front of the camera and maybe less of your first dance, dance with grandparents etc. But if those are the shots you want, than go for it. 

    Post # 6
    1267 posts
    Bumble bee

    Oh – you should totally try any local film schools near you!  I live near NYC and I know lots of people that have called to ask if any students wanted to film their weddings for a reasonable price and letting them keep a copy as portfolio.  Give it a try!


    ETA: I also think having people that like to do video from your family is great, too!

    Post # 7
    622 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011 - Vandiver Inn

    I went through this so I feel you. It sounds like it’s really low on your priority list so I’m going to suggest what several bees suggested to me. Go ahead and just do the raw video the way you described. Then later if you really feel you want an edited video, you can send the raw footage to a vendor for editing. And with that approach, you can even wait until you’ve recovered from the wedding or save up for the editing at your leisure. If you even decide you want to do that. You could also decide the raw footage is enough for you and then you’ll already have exactly what you want. Either way, you’re good. 🙂

    Post # 9
    1041 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    We just looked into this a couple of days ago while we were trying to figure out a budget for video. We want a decent video but didnt want to spend too much since there are so many other things more important to us.

    I contacted the film department at a local college and they said they had very talented students who would do it for very cheap and they had access to editing software. I also searched craigslist and found several people just starting out who were very inexpensive and sent links to samples they had.

    Post # 11
    33 posts
    • Wedding: October 2005

    I did DIY and I regret it.  Really, you don’t know how important getting a video is until after your wedding is over.  I have my DIY video and my sister has a Pro video.  The difference is incredible!  On my video the sound is low on the ceremony so you can’t hear our vows clearly, we have only half our first dance, the toasts are so low you can barely make out the words. My sister has a perfect reminder of her wedding and she can hear it all. 

    My video was recorded by friends who were guests.  Once the bar was open, the amount of video we got reduced exponentailly.  I probably don’t need to tell you that we had a party crowd.  We have none of that on the video to look back at.  In fact, at Thanksgiving a month after our wedding, my sister was talking about one of my bridesmaids riding down a stair railing, like a kid would do, in her bridesmaids dress.  I would love to have that on video!  I wasn’t there when it happened and none of my friends caught in on tape.  All I have is my sister’s description.

    If you don’t have the money for a pro, you can try a student, but if you can find the money, I really recommend hiring a pro.  Not only will it look and sound better, but they have done weddings before.  The student may be excited to try it, but you also need to think about how the student, or family for that matter, will work alongside your photographer.  You don’t want someone unexperienced getting in the way of the person you paid good money for.  One of my friends really annoyed my photographer by jumping in her shots.

    Post # 12
    2161 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I was thinking about putting my pictures on a slideshow and possibly add a bit of the candid DIY.   Now I am rethinking this since it’s a one shot deal and I am afraid I am going to regret it if I don’t.

    Post # 13
    2788 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I just wanted to come back to this thread and give another shout out to having your video professionally done.  We *just* got our back today and watched it tonight.  It was absolutely awesome and we are so happy we decided to hire a pro.  Good luck with whatever you decide!

    Post # 14
    431 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I think video is as important as a photographer. I would say Hire someone and you wont regret it.

    Post # 15
    1486 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @lox: great advice!

    Post # 16
    2 posts

    @ellabee: I don’t know how much help this will be, but as a professional vdeographer just let me say this: jut putting a camera on a tripod in the back of the church may sound like a good idea, as your self this, do I want to HEAR what was said during the ceremony?  Most hand held cameras (the ones you find in the Big box stores) have built in Mics and those mics have a range of about 7 to 12 feet (and that’s a strech).  Do this experment, set up the camcorder in a aa room and start recording, then start walking away from the camera talking in a normal voice, you will notice the further away you get, the less you will be able to hear anything.  Now, imangine your on the alter at your wedding, your nervous and your voice will be small and quite and that mic on the camera will not pick up your voice from the back of the church.  Not to mention there will be someone talking or a baby crying during the ceremony and that will reduce any sound you get from the actual ceremony.  You can find a good videograpner in your area, take the money and hire them.  You only get married once and when the day is over, there is no way to go back and do it all over again.  Dad may be good with a camera, but if he doesn have a professional wireless mic system, a hand held camcorder is going to provide you with a video you will never watch.  I just finished a wedding today and we were able to hear the bride and groom talk with each other while lighint the unity candel.  After we got done, and they saw the preview they were so gald to have that moment.  Get the pro, you will be glad you did.

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