Post # 1
Hi Bee’s! I’ve gone back and forth on this topic whether it’s a save or must have splurge: videography.
I love watching other’s ‘highlight’ videos on facebook, vimeo , etc but initially was quoted $3,000+ by multiple vendors so I wrote it off as it was not included in my parent’s pre-determined budget and a pretty hefty pricetag for me. I recently found a videographer whose work I really like and who gave me a substantial discount: $1,600.00 for 8 hour coverage, 2 shooters, edited highlight video, 4 edited dvds divided by chapter. My questions is: do you think videography is a “fad” or do you think I’ll regret passing on this option 5 years from now? My gut is telling me the latter but I guess I’m just looking for confirmation before I commit finicially as I will be paying for this out of pocket and don’t want to have buyer’s remorse. How much of a priority was videography for you?
Post # 2
We went back and forth on a videographer, a few weeks before the wedding we booked a cheaper one (under $1K). In the two months we’ve had it, I’ve watched in twice, Darling Husband has once. We have a highlight and a full day video, it might be nice to have one day, but it’ll probablly just sit in a dresser for a few years. If you’ve got extra money, it’s not a bad investment, but after the wedding I really only look at the pictures. I’d at least set up a tripod camcorder for the ceremony though, that’s what my family memebers have done and it’s worked out great for them.
Post # 3
I would spend most on food, photos and video. Photos and video is something I would want to have 50 years later and still be able to watch it and remember that beautiful day.
Post # 4
futuremrs.toothfairy: We’re going the DIY/Flip Cam rental route. for the cost reason. For $199 we will get 5 HD video flip cams sent 5 days before the wedding, with chargers and then be sent a download link/dvd of all the footage.
We could’ve paid an additional $150 and gotten a highlight reel as well as an online sharing space, however I have video editing software so I’m confident I’ll be able to completly create my own highlight video.
Post # 5
futuremrs.toothfairy: i was like you – couldn’t find an affordable photographer, then after some extensive research found a really great deal. I had to do it. It was important for me to have a video.
Sure pictures are everything, but being able to look back on the video and see the ceremony, the vows, Darling Husband sang a song to me at the reception (which was a surprise to me), the dancing, seeing everyone mingle at the cocktail hour – a picture can only capture so much.
i wanted to be able to show my kids one day. So my vote is yes, splurge.
there are certain things for my wedding that i didn’t want to splurge on. but videography and photography were one of the things i couldn’t cut out. i had to have it.
Post # 6
$1,600 for what you are getting is a great deal.
I’m getting video and wouldn’t have skipped it. One consideration on the home video is that you will likely lose sound, go with the professional.
In the years to come are you really going to miss the $1,600? Or are you more likely to miss not having the video?
Post # 7
Do it, you won’t regret it! There’s so many things I didn’t remember about the day that are captured on video and it’s priceless to me.
Post # 8
futuremrs.toothfairy: I wouldn’t second guess it and book the video. Yes so many people say they’ve only watched their videos a handful of times in the years they’ve had it. But I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched my parents, aunts, uncles wedding videos. I love watching them and seeing what everyone looked and just being able to see what was going on before I was born. Your kids will thank you one day for having the video!
Post # 9
futuremrs.toothfairy: DEFINITELY get video, the wedding day was a happy coma-like blur. Pictures are awesome but video is even better at helping you remember the day. 🙂
Post # 10
I’ve watched my highlight video like 20 times lol and my full lengh video like 10…DO IT!!! Two big things were photographer for me adn a videographer…so glad I got both!
Post # 11
Yes yes yes yes yes! A thousand times yes! One, that is a GREAT price. And two the EDITING really makes a big difference.
I was a million into the photography and went WAY over budget on it and did something much more moderate for the video, thinking the same thing as you. And I can not even begin to describe how much we LOVE having that video. It exceeded all our expections and is just so so special to have. Seriously. There are no words. All the feelings come back and you can see so much that you missed in the blur that is your wedding day. It’s amazing. And the editing makes it so nice to watch and not lke an old home movie. Seriously, you will not regret it.
GET. THE. VIDEO!
Post # 12
We chose not to get the video, but we had a great photographer so no regrets. I am the kind of person who cringes at the thought of being on camera, so I doubt I would have watched it anyway!
Post # 13
It wasn’t worth the money to me. Honestly, I HATE watching myself on a video, and I would probably watch it once than maybe on special anniversaries alone with my husband, and for that I didn’t see why the quality had to be that great. We just ended up using the churches cameras and had someone from the church film it. They charged 25 bucks for it and let me tell you the quality isn’t great and the kid who filmed it CLEARLY doesn’t have a future in videography. But I can see my husband’s expressions, and hear every word that was said at our ceremony (it was indoors and there was mic-ing), and it is just as special to us as if we were to have hired an expensive professional and all the shots were centered, and still, and crisp. I have aboslutely no regrets.
Instead we put the money into a bigger photography package. I’m so glad we did because they are something we will display in our home and give to our family and our friends were SO excited to see them. It is something that I do look at everyday and it makes me smile. We got a rather large album, so it definitely tells the story of our wedding much like a highlight video would.
Post # 14
Splurge and get a videographer! My Fiance’s brother had a cousin play videographer at his wedding, it was really tacky and he was in the way most of the ceromony! Tacky, tacky TACKY!
Post # 15
futuremrs.toothfairy: Not having a videographer was my mom’s single only regret from her wedding… so naturally I must have a videographer… She has recently passed away and I would do anything to be able to watch her wedding video. I am 100% voting for you to get the video! And I think the pricing that you got is great!