(Closed) Videographer – to do or not to do… advice, please?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

YES! We haven’t seen ours yet, but I know there are some things I want to see again. We found a students on craigslist who is just starting out in the business. He was $15 / hour on wedding day and $15 / minute of final produced highlights video (e.g. a 5 minute video = $75).

Post # 6
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@clemster: We’re date twins!  My Future Brother-In-Law is in college for film/videography/production, so he has two friends that we asked to record the wedding for $100 plus dinner.  We thought this was a great deal.  I’ve heard from several different brides that their biggest regret was not springing for a videographer, so this is something that I definitely want to include.  Can you find anyone that’s slightly more professional than Uncle Bob or Aunt Sue but not quite as expensive as a pro?  Do you have any film colleges in your area?

Post # 7
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would have a friend video it.  We had a friend tape ours with her camera but I honestly haven’t looked at it at all since our wedding over a year ago.

Post # 8
1330 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

i also want a videographer….i’m thinking of going the craigslist route also….or asking friends if they now a friend who knows a friend who’s a film student…lol  and i kno a bit of editing using basic windows movie maker so i figure i can put together a recap on my own with the footage and photos 🙂

Post # 9
33 posts
  • Wedding: October 2005

@clemster: I would really look into a pro first and be sure that you can’t fit them into your budget.  I had friends do mine and it was not nearly as good as what my sister just got beack from her pro videographer.  Our video was done by friends and it is not great.  You can barely hear what we’re saying at the ceremony.  Same with the toasts.  There was almost no dancing on the video and we only got half of our first dance because everyone turned their cameras off so they could dance with us.  My sister’s video package was basic coverage and she paid $1400 for it, but the quality compared to mine is worth the cost.  I can’t get my ceremony back so I have to live with it the way it turned out (something I regret everytme I watch it).  If I had to do it again, I would hire a pro.

Post # 10
78 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I got a pro to do the videography. Everything was so crazy that I looked at Hubby today and told him I was really glad because I didn’t get to see my nephews walk down the isle or anything. I want that memory so I can watch it and look back.

Post # 11
1518 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

It is defiantly worth it. The video can catch a lot that the still pictures can’t. Also for me watching the videos always bring back the  emotion and energy of the day. They can capture you sharing your vows and dances etc. 

Post # 12
137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I strongly recommend getting a videographer.  We paid $500 for five hours with a professional videographer – it does exist!  I found him through The Knot (not always the friendliest boards, but the local one for my area had quite a few budget-conscious brides willing to share advice).  The quality was not as good as more expensive options but, considering how little we paid, I thought it was a great deal.  Try local videography schools, craigslist, and just plain google search.  There are a lot of talented individuals out there available at a discount simply because they are just starting out.

Whatever you do, view samples!  Any good videographer will be willing to send you at least one and they are the perfect way to judge.  For us, we did not care about fancy editing (side note: our videog did end up doing some pretty cool editing anyway) but our main concern was sound quality – I didn’t want a music video of our wedding, but I did want to be able to watch the toasts given by loved ones years from now.  Make sure you analyze the videos according to what is important to you. 

Good luck!!

Post # 13
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

For those of you who are married and had a pro – how long have you been married, and how often do you watch it?  FI doesn’t believe we’ll watch the video more than twice in our entire lives…and I tend to agree with him.  I’m just not willing to spend over $1000 on that, when I’d rather put that extra into my photographs which I do think I’ll look at more than twice!

Post # 14
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - The Atlantic Beach Club

I videotaped my aunts wedding a few years ago and she loves it. I think askign a few friends to hand off the camera can be just as meaningful, especially if you are on a budget. Just make sure to designate specific people to key moments you want on tape.

Post # 15
1184 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m actually really against having a professional videographer at our wedding. I’m sure it depends on the person, but I have been to more than one wedding where the professional (and expensive) videographer always seems in the way and obtrusive. At my friend’s wedding I could not see a single thing during the ceremony because the videographer set up his camera right in front of me. And I was a birdesmaid, so you can get an idea of how in the way he was–I was at the very front and still couldn’t see! I also detest when videographers stick their camera in guests’ faces and tell them to say something nice to the couple. Sorry, that’s just not me. But, we are considering buying 3-4 flip cams and having a few friends be in charge of them for the night. I have Final Cut Pro (video editing software) on my computer and have done a few projects on it, so I know I can edit the footage together myself. I know it will be shaky and unprofessional, but I was thinking I would maybe put a grainy film-filter on the footage and edit it to look like an old home movie. We’ve been meaning to buy a flip cam for ourselves anyways, and I’m sure we can gift the remaining ones when we’re done with them or resell them. As long as we put a responsible friend in charge of each one I think they’ll be ok, I trust our guests with them.

Post # 16
137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@ jenandchris – We have only had our video for three days, so I am not sure if I can accurately respond.  However, the videographer caught a dance-off between my brother and another groomsman that was priceless – I would gladly pay $500 to have seen that! 

My friends were married two years ago and she said she still watches the movie occasionally. 

Another friend did not have a videographer.  The best man gave an amazing speech (hands down, best wedding speech I have ever heard) but it was not caught on tape, so it cannot be heard again.

People spend thousands on weddings – why not spend a little bit more so you can remember that wedding?  Just my two cents.  😉 

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