Videographer…yes or no??

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
3575 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

YES YES YES.  We did not hire one and thank the lord, our photographer’s son took a ton of video to create an amazing montage.  and we bought the raw footage.  Had he not been there we would have not had anything.

I would definitely hire one.

Post # 4
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I didn’t have one. I didn’t miss it. Are you realllllly going to sit around watching your wedding video enough to justify the expense? The price you were quoted is actually a steal, but i’d honestly rather spend $500 on furniture or a trip. At least your wedding photos can be hung up on the wall!

Post # 5
1986 posts
Buzzing bee

I would definitely get one! Well, we are getting one LOL. Partly to share with those who can’t make it, and because I want our kids to be able to see it etc.

Post # 6
3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

A wholehearted yes!! We hired our videographer three weeks before our wedding and it was the best decision we made. I love our highlights video–makes me cry every time–and I can’t wait to get the full film, which will have our ceremony etc on it. I say if it’s in the budget, you should do it, even if you only have part of the wedding (like only the ceremony) with the videographer.

Post # 7
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

If you want a compromise, you can always buy a Flip camera for about $200 (the nicer one), and then edit it yourself. Video editing really isn’t too hard, and most computers come with either iMovie or the Microsoft version, which isn’t as cool, but I used it for a project and it works just fine.

Post # 8
3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I recommend it!  There were so many things that I didn’t notice on the wedding day (I mean it was seriously a blur) and it was awesome to be able to see/hear them captured!!  I got really lucky and had a couple of friends unexpectedly video the whole wedding and our reception too (I’d only hire the professional videographer for the ceremony) so I got 2 different perspectives of my wedding and footage of the reception!  I’m so very glad that I have video of my wedding!!!

As for the price, I paid a smidge less then you, but the price you mentioned really is a very good deal!

Post # 9
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I agree with Jolee you might want to ask someone to videotape the wedding so you have a record of the important events and you can edit yourself. If you have the extra money in your budget of course a professional video will be nicer but it can be done on your own too.

Post # 10
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

Do it!  I didn’t want a videographer, but my husband did.  Now that I’ve viewed it (about 3-4 times since the wedding in July), I am SOOOO glad that we did it!!   Photos are lovely, but video captures every word and expression (even the silly mistakes too that make you laugh).  If you think it’s too pricey, maybe you can work out a better deal with the videographer!?


Post # 11
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Growing up I ALWAYS watched my parents wedding video. I loved it so much, not because I wanted to get married but I thought my mom looked like a princess 🙂 I just re-watched it a few months ago and it was just so heartwarming. SO based on that there was never any question for me that I wanted a videographer.

Post # 12
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I got one! Because I want my kids to be able to watch it. I think that the pros out weigh the cons for sure. This is something you will be able to share with you family who couldn’t make it and your kids when they are born! 

I wish my mom and dad would have videoed their wedding! I would have loved to have seen that. 

Post # 13
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My budget unfortunately doesn’t allow for one, so I’ll be going without. I DO think it adds another dimension to the day though that otherwise would be lost, and I’ve never heard of anyone regretting their decision to hire one. I agree with PP that suggested asking someone to record it on a flip if you don’t care about anything super fancy, just a record of the day.

Post # 14
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@amandasmartinez: Do it do it do it! I am sooo much more a photo person. I have an album (photo) of EVERY YEAR since my first year of uni (thats TEN years of albums)

We got a videographer and i watch that vide tens time more then ANY wedding picture. you WILL NOT regret it!!!


Post # 15
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Fiance has a family friend that does videography, and I’m SO excited to have him! I have seen some amazing film recaps on here, and with DVD technology it’s so easy to share with others and watch it whenever you’d like. I don’t know SD rates, but if it seems comparable to others around, I’d invest in it. 

Post # 16
447 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I’m probably in the extreme minority here, but I did have a videographer and now I wish I hadn’t done it. It’s a long story and I’m not getting into it, but if you feel that you’ll watch your wedding video years and years from now, go for it. I admit that there are some things I wish I had on video, such as the Bridesmaid or Best Man toast and the first dance, but overall, I don’t know I would have watched the video a whole lot.

Based on how you describe your wedding, I would lean more towards saying go for it. $500 is a good price, and if it’s as personalized as you say, I think it would be fun to watch over and over again. If everything is happening in the ceremony, and you don’t want the reception, it’s normal. I used to be in videography, and I went to a few weddings where we filmed ceremony only.

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