(Closed) Videographer? Yay or nay

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Videographer--worth it or not?
    Worth it! : (27 votes)
    90 %
    Use the money elsewhere! : (3 votes)
    10 %
    No thought one way or another : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
    672 posts
    Busy bee

    Be careful because sometimes all you get for the package price is the highlight reel. We looked into videographer, not necessarily because I wanted it but because it was trendy and everyone says you’ll regret not having it. The ones I found charged around $2k-$4k and promised only the 7-15 minute highlight reel set to music. No thanks! They wanted extra for the raw footage.

    Regarding regret, no, I don’t regret not doing it. It’s a lot easier for me to say that now, after the fact. We saved that money, and I’m glad to have that little extra for our new house. I don’t even really like the idea of having a videographer. It forced me to be in the moment, and I have some really great memories from our day! I’m OK with not being able to go look back at it. I have great pictures, and I’m not sure how much I would watch the video anyways.

    Post # 3
    479 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2015

    We definitely do NOT regret having a videographer for our wedding! He was able to capture the day for us & help us relive it for years to come! 🙂 He also captured things that day that we wouldn’t have remembered or things we never would have seen. He did an amazing job with it & we couldn’t have asked for anything more! 

    However, like PP said, be careful and make sure you know exactly what you’re paying for up front. Some videographers have different packages & selections of what you get and all. Ask around & see if any of your friends have recommendations or know of anyone. A family friend recommended our videographer to us and his price was perfect for our budget and all that it included (Engagement music video, along with engagement interviews, Wedding music video, along with getting ready, pre-wedding footage, all of ceremony, reception highlights & different things throughout the night, and interviews from our wedding party. It was perfect!)

    Post # 4
    9588 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Absolutely yes. The day goes by fast and nothing captures the actual look feel and sounds of the day like video. It was such a blur- there were sweet moments I saw on video that I don’t even remember! And it was shot beautifully.Uncle Joe with an iPhone is not the same.

    Ours delivered the highlight reel, a 25 minute “film” of the whole day (with music and live audio), full ceremony, full toasts, and a video of a song we did with our wedding band. I am so glad we have them. 

    I have handful of friends who cite this as their one and only wedding regret. They had a friend with a tripod set up and thought that would do- with out proper audio set up that’s worthless. 

    If you can afford it do it. You won’t regret doing it but you may very well regret not.

    Post # 5
    1480 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    erin1231:  We had the same dilemma, so found a videography company that’s basic package was just all of the raw footage. It was for 9/10 hours and he was super nice (though he did hit on a few of my bridesmaids lol he was 24 I think) and it cost ~$1200. That was the cheapest deal with the best overall reviews we could find in our area, Southern California. The raw footage is fine because Darling Husband has a ton of video editing experience and can do it himself. Their higher packages had more stuff (like a highlight reel!) and while I wanted that too, we were already over budget on other things so something had to give.

    I think it was incredibly worth it because there were certain things the photographer missed or just couldn’t capture due to medium (i.e. my BIL’s absolutely hilarious best man speech, our vows, etc.). I cry every time I watch it!

    Post # 6
    5364 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2016

    Our videographer was the most expensive part of our wedding and he was worth every penny and then some! Every single guest would not stop talking about how great he was! We get a high light reel and 1 hours video. I actually flew him from California to Hawaii because he was cheaper than the ones I found in Hawaii. He’s also including our GoPro footage from the week. We should be getting our video back in the next couple of weeks and im more excited for that, than our pics!

    Post # 7
    287 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2015 - Ballroom

    I was initially unsure about whether to splurge on a wedding video. After all, we had already hired an amazing photographer, and did we really need to have SO MUCH to memorialize our big day?? I found a really good vendor – a husband-and-wife team who had really great samples to view and their price was reasonable ($1200). I was still hesitant, but when a good friend told me his one regret from his recent wedding was not getting a videographer, and sadness that he would never get to re-hear his older relatives great speeches, etc. I was definitely more than sold on the idea!


    We got a twenty minute highlight video and a two hour less-cut version. There was no raw footage – it was all edited into various chunks of time.  We realized there were so many moments that we missed because we were getting ready, or in another place during the reception, etc. Having our entire ceremony as well as the speeches on video is such a huge treat. The videographers worked seamlessly with our photographer to make sure that all of our images – video and still – are fabulous. afterwards, they were even able to provide me with some stills taken from the digital footage of a moment which our photographer missed – my niece dancing with my dad, her grandpa, at the reception.


    So, I am so glad that we decided to go for the videography and know that it was definitely worth the investment. 

    Post # 8
    1212 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Franklin Plaza

    We found a videographer that was just starting out his business and he just recored the whole wedding (no final cuts, edits, or anything fancy) for like $300.

    We’ve definitely enjoyed looking back at it a few different times (coming up on our 3 year mark).  And one day, we’ll either edit it ourselves or pay someone to.

    Post # 9
    270 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    We’re having a videographer! Paying about $200. MY FH works in the film industry and was able to get another fellow videographer from a recent job to agree to just getting the ceremony and set up cameras around for the reception. I also have my own vlog, so I’ll use our DSLR for the getting ready portion, making sure I get some B-Roll.

    I think videographers are ridiculously overpriced sometimes, as are photographers, but I would try and keep it at $1000-1500, as a PP mentioned make sure it’s not just a highlight reel. Those should only go for $600. 

    Post # 10
    377 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2018- Stan Hywet Gardens

    We are going to hire one! We were on the fence but after we looked around we decided we wanted to watch the video as much as we can!

    Post # 11
    1003 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    Im definitely going to hire one! Ive gotten prices and had to make sure all the packages include a high light reel AND a longer version of the wedding as well.

    I think it will be well worth it!

    Post # 12
    1980 posts
    Buzzing bee

    All I’ve gotten so far from my videographer is a short sneak preview, and FH and I have watched it dozens of times and got chills from it! We’ve got no regrets setting aside budget for videography. My memory will fade, and photographs only tell half the story imo. 

    Post # 13
    3452 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

    We’re happy going without. Simply dont feel its worth the additional cost. This is my second marriage and I can’t even recall cracking open the photo album one time after first receiving it. I can do without a video I won’t watch more than once. But if you’re the sentimental type or think you’ll have nostalgia moments where you want to sit and relive the day then it might be worth it. 

    Post # 14
    1739 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    I think it’s totally worth it and I am very budget conscious. I decided it was worth it because it’ll be nice to see those things that pictures cant fully capture. Look around and you can find a deal. I’m in a VHCOL and only paying $2400 for 2 videographers, next day edit, highlight reel, the video, and all the raw footage. 

    Post # 15
    5364 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I know I’ve already commented, but we just got our high light reel back about an hour ago and I’ve already watched it 3 times… It had Darling Husband in tears. Definitely worth it!!

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