I wish we could afford to hire one but unfortantely it is not in the budget. My parents bought us a pretty good and expensive HD video camera so some family members will be helping get the important shots.
I wasn’t going to hire one. I don’t see the interest. Knowing Fiance and I, I know we are not the type of people who will sit and watch the video of our wedding. But last week, I ended up changing my mind. When I told my mom and my aunts that I wasn’t planning on getting a video they got dissapointed. They have helped a lot with the planning, so I figured I would give them a video as a present. But I didn’t want to spend $1500 (the going rate here). So my photographer will bring someone to film the ceremony and highlights of the reception and one of my bridesmaids who actually studied in filmaking will edit the video.
I say trust your instincts. If you have the slightest doubt that you might regret not getting a video, than I say, don’t take the risk. Shop around and find someone who fits your budget. If you know for a fact, you won’t miss it, then use the money for something that is more important for you.
At first we did not want one, but I was researching brides “biggest regrets” and I consistently found that it was not having a video. So I decided to hire one, it’s costing us $1200. I also kept thinking about how my future kids would love to watch it and as morbid as I is, if anything ever happend to one of us I think it would be really special to have live footage from our wedding day…
I don’t think we will. Like others have said, I don’t think we’ll watch it enough to make it worth the high cost. If you really want a video, why don’t you have a friend do a low budget video of the ceremony? Of course it won’t be professional quality, but it will be good enough to watch it once or twice.
We are having one. The way I look at it, you’re paying all this money for a wedding, and at the end of the day, all you have left is your photos. And what’s even better than a photo? A video! I want to be able to experience the moment again and again. It’s a small investment towards something that will last a lifetime. For those reasons, photo and video were on top of my priority list.
We had a videographer and I love our film. We were really turned off by the whole “dad cam” genre, so went with a company of film school graduates who do documentary and concert films with weddings as another strand. I’m delighted with the results.
(Edited to add, the link is to our highlights video not the full film.)
We did and think it was fabulous! We’ve watched it maybe 30 times! Lol! For me, it was just to remember my wedding day, I felt like my day flew by and don’t remember all the little details so its nice.
I hired a beginner…. $500 for the whole day! It’s not important for me to have some grand theatre production and I doubt he could screw up THAT badly. Then I saw a few samples of his work and I was blown away. This young man is a diamond in the rough!
@GroovyHippieChick: It’s interesting that you mention that, because I decided to get a video only after a friend mentioned how comforting it was to watch her late FIL dancing and having fun, and how their children like to watch to remember their grandfather. I remembered how sad I was (and still am) that I don’t have any video of my dog playing and having fun before she passed away, and I decided it was worth it. Everyone grieves differently, but for me the happy memories of our departed loved ones are priceless.
We have actually watched it more times than I can count already, but that is because Darling Husband busts it out every chance he can get – I think it is cute that he’s so proud of our wedding even though I think our poor friends are sick of watching it 🙂