Videographer DO or DON'T?!?!

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Should I hire a videographer?
    YES! Totally worth it!!! : (38 votes)
    68 %
    No, don't waste your money. You'll have pictures to look back on. : (11 votes)
    20 %
    No, ask friends and family, they love that shit. : (7 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 2
    2445 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    We hired professionals, who also did our photos so it was nice to just have one crew for the day. It was the best money we ever spent and I can’t recommend it enough. If it’s not in your budget, definitely have your friends or family help, or maybe even look on Craigslist for some film students or something like that. You want the ceremony on video at the very least!

    Post # 3
    9115 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    My photographer offered it, but I passed. I wouldn’t look at a DVD at my own wedding, and if I did I’d maybe see it once every few years? The only person who would watch it would be my mom.

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    Post # 4
    1543 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    in my area, a good pro videographer costs $5,000 or up. But I was sure that I really wanted one bc I know my memory gets foggy when I’m excited/overwhelmed. We hired my cousins boyfriend to do our video for “cheap”. He is a pro photographer but hasn’t done video before. We paid him $1,400 in part because he and my cousin were flying in for the wedding, but also because video editing is SO time consuming! Haven’t seen the final product yet but the teaser video looks great! I’m so so thankful that we got a videographer- it was the best day ever and I can’t wait to relive our vows!

    Post # 6
    662 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    We didn’t want to splash out the $$$ for a videographer and had no interest in a YouTube style clip with music so we skipped it. Instead, we spent a little more on our photographer. I love the sneak peak photos we’ve gotten so far!!!

    Our DJ set up a camcorder on a tripod and filmed the ceremony and the special dances as part of his regular service. The videos aren’t perfect but I am so happy to have them and do NOT wish I had more video.

    See if you can get a family member or friend to set up a camcorder on a tripod for you and save the $$$.

    Post # 7
    1982 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I’m trying to see if I can fit it into my budget – I would love a professional video. The photos are a huge priority for me, I’d love to be able to hear us dedicate our vows to one another as time goes on. I also have a bad memory so I think that would be helpful haha.

    Post # 8
    782 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    Kendrao:  My mom always stressed that I needed to get my wedding videoed. It was her only regret.. In the end you spend so much money on things that you wont remember.. My opinion is yes, it is more money but this way you can hear speeches and see people that might not still be there.. My mom has recently passed and I have watched and rewatched all videos of her over and over again. I wish I had a wedding video to watch since I don’t have the luxury of listening to her stories. Those people that say they would never watch it again… Imagine if you lost your husband. Imagine how nice it would be to hear him say his vows to you after. I am sorry that it is morbid but it is a fact of life. I voted spend the money! 🙂 I don’t see how you could regret it!

    Post # 9
    3276 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I went back and forth on it, ended up finding a good deal and went for it. We got a full length video (like 6hrs) and a 10 minute highlight clip. We’ve watched each of them once. I’d say just set up a tripod unless you find a deal that is too good to pass up. 

    Post # 10
    2565 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    We didn’t have one.  FIL had bought a video camera and one of DH’s cousins filmed the ceremony and bits of the reception.  He also filmed the guests giving us advice.  It was really sweet and I’m glad to have it.  Even with it being difficult to hear the ceremony because of the wind and not having sound equiptment, I still don’t think it would be worth $1000+ to have paid a professional for it.  If his family hadn’t have done this, I don’t think I would regret not having a video because I honestly don’t think we will watch it many times for years to come.

    Post # 11
    370 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2015 - Surrey, BC, Canada

    Around here, videographers (pros) go for $3500 and up. We definitely didn’t have a budget for that. What we did is find a photographer who is looking to add videography to his business and needs to build a portfolio. So he is charging us $500 for the whole day! He had samples of videos he’s done (for other events, just doesn’t have a wedding video portfolio). In exchange for him being able to use our video to promote himself, he gave us a discount. I’m so excited!! I knew I wanted a videographer but was sad we didn’t have the money for one… But I am so happy with this solution. It’s win-win!

    Post # 12
    500 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    We didn’t video our wedding, mostly because of the money but also because many vidographers in the area wouldn’t respect the church to our standards (eg not allowed on the alter or in the sacristy). 

    I have friends who watch their wedding year after year, but honestly, the friends that do are the kind who are also grasping to remember why they got married in the first place.

    Post # 14
    374 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    I was also on the fence about hiring a videographer. when I signed up here, I started watching videos that other brides posted and started to realize that photos wouldn’t be enough for me. Pictures are great to look at, but I wantEd to be able to see the emotions and everything of that day. 

    So after extensive search, I booked my videographer. He arrived about an hour before I put on my dress to the grand exit. Total was $3400.


    so if your budget allows it, definitely go with one.

    Post # 15
    8005 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Pictures will capture the moment adequately. Pictures can be printed to paper copies. Video technology is continuously evolving, and at some point it will probably be more challenging to view the video that was created with what will then be an outdated medium. Plus, video is just plain expensive! How many times do you really think you’ll watch that?

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