(Closed) Videographer DO or DON'T?!?!

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Should I hire a videographer?

    YES! Totally worth it!!!

    No, don't waste your money. You'll have pictures to look back on.

    No, ask friends and family, they love that shit.

  • Post # 16
    2786 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    DO! watching a video is so different than looking at a picture! I’m so glad I hired one!

    Post # 17
    154 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I’ll be picking up some GoPros and other small, hi-res cameras leading up to the wedding. I’d like to have some footage, but videography in my area is $3,000+, which would be a third of our total budget! I figure, camera on a tripod or sturdy area for the ceremony/vows, then my friends who like shooting and filming can take snippets here and there at the reception. Both my Fiance and I know how to edit video (professionally, in his case), so I’m sure we’ll be able to cobble together a cute clip show at the least.

    We definitely hired a professional photographer though. After catering, it’ll be our biggest expense. I feel like the video will be nice to have, but the photos are essential.

    Post # 18
    799 posts
    Busy bee

    We’ve watched it so many times. Also, our video is on youtube/vimeo/flashdrive/DVD so I’m not worried about not being able to view it. 

    Also, pictures aren’t enough. They capture moments, but not actual conversations, facial expressions, and moments in time. I look back at our video and I don’t remember most of it as it happened. The day goes by so fast. I want to look back at my video and have those memories there like being able to see my parents move and talk. Worth every penny. 

    Post # 19
    557 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    Looking back at our wedding day which rained cats and dogs. We regret not hiring a videographer. We had very rushed photos and no back up plan for photo locations on a rainy day like that videos would be more much enjoyable to look back on than rushed family portraits in the lobby as our guests arrived. 

    Even if you can’t afford a videographer getting those rental cameras for guests to use is a worth it investment! 

    Post # 20
    30 posts
    • Wedding: March 2015

    We weren’t going to have one at first but then when I found out my grandparents can’t make it over from England (We’re in australia), we very quickly got one organised so we could send them a copy of our wedding. We wanted it professionally done so they felt like they were really there. The guy we chose came to our home, showed us discs of other weddings we had filmed, offered numerous options, was completely unpushy and offered us a discount when we signed up. He and Fiance got on like a house on fire and talked “shop” a lot so that helped too (FI has a keen interest in videography)

    Post # 23
    4888 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    We just had DH’s cousin videotape our 7 minute ceremony. He works in radio, and does video to be posted on their website, so we figured he’d have no problem running a camcorder. The only thing that could have been different with our video was him not zooming in when we kissed, but he even mad ethe comment that he realized he shouldn’t have done that after the fact when it wouldn’t come into focus as quick as he thought it would. But, it works.

    He also videotaped some of our pictures being taken when he was getting the camera ready, which was cool to see. I don’t know if I would have needed someone to be around all day filming. We sat around most of the morning! But, I’m happy with what we got and love having the pics moreso.

    Post # 24
    1475 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

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    Kendrao:  It is so, so worth it. We actually just got our “highlight” video back last night (I posted it here, if you’re interested) and I am so thrilled that we decided to spring for a quality videographer. We initially were not planning do hire any video, and decided about 4 months before the wedding after countless friends and family members recommended it. Some of the best money we spent, IMO.

    Post # 25
    442 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - Tybee Island, GA

    I say hire one!

    Just dont hire MY videographer! lol (which if you’re not from from Georgia then you’re okay) 🙂

    I seriously wish my videographer came through and got us the video we were looking for, but sadly he didnt. But i think a Video is a great addition! I begged my husband to re-marry me so we could have a video! lol but he said it wouldnt be the same :/ haha

    Post # 26
    657 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I was in the same boat – I kind of wanted a videographer, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to make the room for it in my budget. I’m SO glad that I did! We got our highlight reel while we were on our honeymoon and I instantly fell in love! It’s nice to have that video forever – I’ll always have my Dad’s mannerisms and speech captured, and our smiling faces, and how much fun our friends had. It’s definitely nice to have, and I can’t wait to pull it out way in the future for our kids (I literally poured over my mom’s wedding photos and really wished she had a video – especially now that both her parents have passed). 

    We ended up paying $2400 for 2 videographers for 10 hours of coverage, with a 10 minute highlight and 5 blu ray discs of the entire wedding. I thought it was a pretty great deal – we lucked out in finding a woman who does it more as a hobby (and she’s amazing) than as a means to make a living. A lot of the other videographers I looked at/interviewed started at double her cost for less (one had packages starting at $6000 for 6 hours!!).

    Post # 27
    663 posts
    Busy bee

    Yes, if you’re spending thousands of dollars and pouring months of planning into what will hopefully be the happiest day of your life then you’re going to want to relive your wedding day and share it again and again. Yes, they can be pricy but with a little bit of research you could find a great gem that will serve to be priceless for years to come. Take it from me, a real bride who almost skipped hiring a videographer and now is forever grateful I didn’t. http://vimeo.com/m/110931938

    Post # 28
    581 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: Rocky Mountains-May 2017

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    Kendrao:  My cousin had a tripod for the ceremony and had my dad film the dances. What I plan on doing is getting these cameras from Wedit. It’s 5 HD cameras that look like iphones. Give them to 5 people you obviously trust and have them film anything or everything, then you mail them back to Wedit and they edit everything for you and send you your copy. It’s about $500 if I remember correctly, but yea. 

    Post # 30
    1 posts
    • Wedding: March 2016

    There is an excellent option to have your videos edited by professional video editors at low cost. The company is called Viddedit. They offer quality editing at affordable rates.


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