(Closed) videographer?

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

This comes up alot on the boards. Its depends on how much you think you will watch it. A lot of brides say it goes so fast, its nice to watch it see the things they missed. A lot of people say it was the best choice they made, other say they it was a waste of money. 

We talked about it and decided we probably weren’t going to watch the footage very often, we will have a family member with camcorder to tape the ceremony and possibly our first dance but thats about it.

Post # 4
1045 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

If you’re afraid you’ll regret it, it might be worth checking out Craigslist, to see if there are any videographers in your area who are looking for extra side work.  I contacted one who was looking for work, and he quoted me $40/hour for coverage on DVD.  If you’re just looking for someone to film the ceremony and "important" moments, without needing fancy post-production, seems like it would be enough.

Post # 5
202 posts
Helper bee

just in case, you can hire someone who will just give you raw footage (no editing, post-production), and as mentioned above, you should be able to find someone for a decent rate or flat fee. after you get the footage, you can always have someone edit later.

Post # 6
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We’re taking the money we would spend on a videographer and buying a good video camera instead.  I have a few cousins and friends who will be tasked with filming off and on throughout the wedding weekend (Rehearsal dinner, cermeony, reception, etc).  I know it won’t be the same quality as if we had a professional, but for me, it’s an easier expense to justify since we will be able to use the camera again and again.  Plus, I really don’t care about having a beautifully edited video so long as I have some raw footage of the wedding day.  I decided this after talking with my sister about her wedding videographer.  She said that she was glad to have the video…but that to her, it wasn’t worth how much it cost.

Post # 7
406 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009 - Small church ceremony with mountain-view log cabin reception

I was JUST thinking about this. I feel like I’ll regret it if we don’t have a video, but I don’t want to spend a ton either. I looked on Craigslist and the cheapest I could find was 500:(

Post # 8
813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I’m getting a professional videographer. But I will say that at a friend’s wedding, they had a family friend do a "professional" type of video. And then the groom’s cousin (she was about 21 or 22) used their little personal video camera. She recorded the entire ceremony, and then went around and recorded a lot of the dancing at the reception. She also got tons of the bride and groom’s friends to say something on camera. It was a GREAT video! It definitely wasn’t your typical wedding video, with the editing, etc. But it was such a great insight to what the night was REALLY like! They watch that video more than the "professional-type" video. So even if you can’t afford a videographer, i would suggest that you AT LEAST look into borrowing a friend’s camera and having a cousin or friend or someone record everything for you!

Post # 9
1718 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

If you can’t put it in your budget, I’m all for asking friends with camcorders to record parts of your wedding!  Just having "moving evidence" of the wedding was enough for me — we had a friend tape the wedding and paid him a small "gift" amount for doing it for us.  I’m glad we have it, and I don’t regret not having a professional video.

Post # 10
135 posts
Blushing bee

Like others have said, if you can fit it into your budget then by all means go for it. Even if it’s not really important to you, say compared to photography, I’m sure it’s still nice to have. If you want something a bit more refined than just having a friend with a camcorder, perhaps you can look into hiring a film student or someone just starting their videography business. They’re usually very affordable.

Post # 11
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

I had a hard time wrestling this question.  What is it I want to remember about my wedding?  How often do I look at old videos?  Well for me, not much.  Then I saw Mrs. Milkshake’s Trash the Dress shoot, and I decided to do something a little different.  Instead of getting a videographer for the wedding, I got one for our honeymoon!  We’re going to do a honeymoon/ttd shoot in Hawaii.  In the end I think that I would watch it more often and share it more.  Who wouldn’t mind seeing a short 5 minute video of a bride going crazy in her dress?

Post # 12
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2008 - Oceanfront lawn and tent

I’ll just add my two cents- I agree with the others- just find some way to have it even if it’s not professional.  I had a friend who talked me into it and I just recently thanked her when we got our video in the mail.  It’s just amazing to have it… we went low budget, so it’s no Still Motion, but it’s still something I’m so so so so thrilled to have 🙂

Post # 13
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2000

I didn’t have a videographer & don’t regret it. But I’m different than the other ladies. The last thing I’d want to watch is unedited, shaky, low light footage with too much background noise. If I couldn’t afford Cinematic Studios or similar, I wouldn’t bother. 

Post # 14
14 posts
  • Wedding: May 2009

I am having a tough time finding an affordable professional photographer. So now we are thinking of asking a cousin who has a camcorder to shoot part of the ceremony and the begining of the reception.  I think a video can be valuable in the long term, say 30 years down the road. So the quality of the video(editing, etc) may not be important but the footage is.

Post # 15
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2007 - a beautiful church and hotel reception

I agree that you should have at least some type of video done (professional or not) because a LOT of brides end up regretting it. While photography does the job of providing vivid images, it would help to sense the vibe of the wedding day for years to come.

We had our professional friend who does video just record (and not edit) so we could hire someone to do it later down the road. I suggest doing the same thing! At least you’ll have tapes and you can get to it when you have the funds.

Post # 16
742 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

You should def get one! I know so many people that regret it afterwards!!! I love wellspunweddings! Check them out wellspunweddings.com!! The video editor is out of philly and he has videographer’s accross the country!

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