(Closed) Videographer Debackle

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
31 posts
  • Wedding: October 2018

My feeling about the videographer was this…. which would I regret more in 10 years’ time… that I spent an extra couple hundred dollars on something I never watched again, or that I would NEVER have a chance to see my wedding video, EVER?  For me, it was worth budgeting for a videographer, if for no other reason than to avoid the regret of NOT having one, you know?  Besides, from what I’ve heard/read from other brides, the day goes so quickly and is so full of emotion that you might not remember a lot of the details, lol!

But, there other alternatives than hiring a professional videographer.  Do you have a friend who could video the wedding, or is there a college with a communications program in the area that might have a student interested in working your wedding?  What if you hire a videographer just for the ceremony instead of the entire reception?

Post # 4
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

We went back and forth on this too. In the end we decided we would save the money and just have someone use a camcorder at the ceremony. But this was not a huge prioty for us, if it is for you maybe you can negotiate a lower price, like just have them there for the ceremony or just ask them for a discount.  But I wouldn’t start your marriage with wedding debt, never a good idea.


Post # 5
416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Imperia Hotel (modern chic hotel)

If there is one thing I knew I wanted and didnt want to compromise – video and photo were it. You forget – thats how it is, so looking at wedding pictures or reminising via your wedding video is awesome.

I wanted 8mm but was way out of my price range so I did the montage myself. I saved a good 1000$ but not all videographers will agree to that.

Instead of 8 hours of footage I opted for 7 – That 1 hour does a big difference in the end. If not, why not ask for a shorter montage. Instead of 30 min (example) ask for a 15 min montage. 

These are just examples… but I would go with a videographer. Otherwise you might regret it and then it will be too late. You only get married once! 

Post # 6
286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

I initially cut out videography for budget reasons.  Closer to my wedding date, I was getting worried about regretting my decision.  I booked a videographer that was on the cheaper side and was recommended by my venue.  While I haven’t watched the raw footage video from beginning to end, I’ve watched my 5-7 min recap quite a few times and had a little over a hundred friends view that same video and rave about it.  It was the best last minute wedding planning decision I ever made. 

Post # 7
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

We decided not to go the video route.  Sure, if we could get StillMotion, it would be fully worthwhile… but we can’t.  I think photos are great because you can suffuse the images with your own memories, but video is so much more concrete and provides an actual reality that may not match up with your memories.  (I’m thinking specifically about the cheesy semi-pro videos).

Post # 8
14 posts

Find the extra money for the videographer you want.  Hiring a "bugdet-friendly" videographer has been my biggest regret.  I don’t like the final product but at least we have the raw footage that we can watch, which is a big deal in my family.  And those who weren’t able to attend the wedding can kind of feel like they were there.

Post # 9
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I didn’t have a videographer–didn’t want one–and don’t regret it.  And everyone kept telling me I would.

Post # 10
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

We did not have a videographer.  My husband has boxes and boxes of 8mm tapes of his kids, which have never been watched.  I actually own nice digital and 8mm cameras, and went through quite a video phase – all of which is also rotting in boxes.  We DO love our photo albums, and digital photos, and screen savers, and such.  So we basically spent the money we might have spent on video on more photographer coverage, and more photo editing, and the rights to all our digital images.  I really don’t think we will ever regret that.  There are so many lovely candid moments captured in the photography that I really don’t think having a video record would add that much.

However, it is a personal decision.  I can understand why people think it’s important.  It’s just that for us, we easily agreed that it really wasn’t.

Post # 11
416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Imperia Hotel (modern chic hotel)

Why not consider hiring a film student. It would be great for their portfolio and great for your walet 😉 Plus they know whats the trends are… so they might not be as tacky as some other videographers

Post # 12
596 posts
Busy bee

we didn’t hire a videographer and we don’t regret the decision at all.  we have a ton of great photos that capture the day very well and we are super happy with them.

but if you are a video person and you think you will regret it, i would go with the videographer you love.  don’t settle for something cheesy and cheaper because then you will regret wasting the money on that!  see if you can negotiate with the videographer for something cheaper maybe?  it sounds like they are already being very flexible with the interest free payment plan.

Post # 13
127 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Everyone is telling me I will regret it if I don’t have a videographer as well. And I am ignoring them! I know I am not as sentimental as other people and would not watch the video. I know I will enjoy a walking by and glancing at a great picture hanging on the wall a million times more than a dvd gathering dust at the bottom of a pile. I know that even the very best wedding videos are totally cheesy to my fiance and me. And I know a lot of people feel very differently about it. We decided to take that videographer budget and put it toward a better photographer than we could otherwise afford. But I think if you have even an inkling that you will miss having a video, you should go for it.

Post # 14
229 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am sure you have already thought of this, but I would suggest thinking about why you would like to have a video of your wedding day in the first place.

A friend of mine just married in August and decided to pay her brother’s friend $200 to get all the big stuff–the cermony, the toasts, first dances, etc.  The video is of extremely low quality, you can’t hear hardly anything during the ceremony, and it’s not even in focus at some points, but it was enough to help my friend remember her and her husband’s special day and make us all cry when we watched it.

On the other hand, we have several family members that won’t be able to attend the wedding and want to have something really nice to show them later on.  And, like you, I have just fallen in love with a very high-end videographer and now feel like I can’t live without it.

Even extensive coverage and extremely talented photographers can’t capture everything that video can… for some, that’s totally fine. 

Post # 15
202 posts
Helper bee

i loved having our video to watch after the wedding. so many moments were caught on film that i didn’t see…and many of them made me laugh. if videography sets you back too much, don’t worry about it. but if you have extra funds, definitely go for it. 🙂  i like lisag’s perspective: which will you regret more after 5, 10 years? not having a video or spending thousands of dollars on it. keep looking out for videographers, you never know who can pop up at the last minute. 🙂

we loved ours too:

red 5 studios: http://vimeo.com/1383309




Post # 16
1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

A friend of ours videoed our wedding and we don’t regret it at all.  We have software on our computer to edit it ourselves and it was all free.  None of my friends that have professional wedding video have watched it more than once or twice. 

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