Post # 1
I grew up in a family of wedding planners. My mother ran a center which did everything from limos to invitations. My aunt ran a place that did dresses, tuxes, favors, etc. My father and I are certified balloon artists for decorations. It’s in our blood. I remember in my mother’s wedding center the videographer was a bit of a sleazeball and his videos were really over the top cheesy. My cousin’s wedding tape was long and exhausting.
Who actually watches those things enough to justify the cost? My goal was always to hire a really good photographer to capture all of the moments. I could flip through pictures anytime. Commiting to a video isn’t as likely.
With that said…is getting a videographer worth it? Have you done it and regretted it? Did you have a few extra dollars and it was your best investment? Share your experiences!
Post # 3
Honestly, we skipped it. We didn’t think it was necessary and we haven’t missed having one.
Post # 4
So, when I got engaged I had two people at work tell me that the one thing they wished they had gotten was a video of the wedding…..that being said…..I just don’t think it is in my budget no matter how much I try to fit it in, so I probably won’t be doing it. I really wanted good photos, it was hard enough to find anyone to do that for a price we were comfortable paying. Like you, I feel like I am more likely to go back and look at pictures rather than popping in a DVD and watching that. I am hoping one of my cousins (who do have done some videography for other things) will be available to at least film the ceremony, but if they can’t we won’t have it.
Post # 5
i think they’re great, i watch my parents’ wedding video heaps 🙂 i think i will get a videographer, we will be asking my aunt to do photos so cost for that should be minimal, so we will have some room for a videographer 🙂
Post # 6
Video is like photography, you get what you pay for. The other thing is there is a huge difference between wedding videography and wedding cinamatography. To me personally with wedding video you either spend the money and get someone great, or don’t bother. Most of the middle of the road pricing that I’ve seen really don’t have that great of work or a style that I like, so to spend $1500-2000 on them would be a total waste of money…I know I wouldn’t be happy with the finished product. I’ve never met anyone who hired a great cinamatographer for their wedding and regretted it.
That being said, just like with anything you can find ways to make it work. For me as a photographer, I have some of my favorite’s that I love. I started pricing them out, because none of them were in my area of NC. Once I paid their package and travel it was way out of budget so I was going to just do without it because it wasn’t worth it to me to pay half of that and hire someone whos work I didn’t like for the sake of a video.
There are about 4 NC wedding film makers that I love – one is actually a husband/wife team local to me and they would have been it, but she’s having a baby and due like right before my wedding date. The others were out of budget (by the time I paid package + travel). Then I got lucky, at our wedding photographer coffee meetings a fellow photographer introudcued me to another fantastic photographer/filmmaker who mainly does surf photography and commerical work. He’s just breaking into weddings, and has done 2 small ones. Since I wasn’t planning on having one, I’m giving him free reign on my wedding. His other work is fabulous and I have no doubt he’ll do a fantastic job. His style is exactly what I was looking for.
Anyway, if you want some of my NC video suggestions feel free to PM me!