We got married in August and still don’t have our wedding video back, VENT!

posted 1 year ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1995

How is he compensating you for that delay?

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Don’t forget to mention this when you write reviews about him!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

Hi Bee,

We’re using our friends for photo/video.  They’ve run a very successful photography business for several years and have recently been purchased by a larger events company.  He had our whole engagement video to us the very next day!  They put 6 months on the contract just so that they can lolligag and bullshit and make you wait without being liable.  There’s no reason for anyone to take that long.  He’s not behind, he’s LAZY.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

sassybeee :  we waited almost a year and I was fuming just like you but when we got the video I swear it was worth every day 🙂

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I feel you! I am so impatient! If it’s more than 6 months it is a breech of contract. It might be helpful to remind him of that.

Edit: Ugh that was my angry on your behalf side talking. This might be a “attract more bee with honey” situation.

Let him know how beautiful his work is, that it was so special having him at your wedding, and that you’re so excited to show your friends and family your AMAZING video. (Maybe mention how one of your friends is looking for a videographer and would love to see your video wink)

Post # 8
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Helper bee

I’m currently at 4 months with my photos, so not quite as bad, but still frustrating! It sucks because they have all of the leverage since there is no way to replace your wedding photos/videos. At least your videographer seems to be keeping you in the loop though. My photographer has missed two deadlines, and I’ve had to basically blow her inbox up for over a week to get her to respond. I’ve been just trying to not think about it, but I will defintely be mentioning everything in the review! 

Once you get your video (don’t want to piss him off before hand) you might reach out to him and mention that he was in breach of contract by taking longert than 6 months, and ask for a little something, like a small refund or extra copies of the video for your family or something. Probably won’t work, but can’t hurt. You probably won’t be using him again for anything, so might as well try. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Banquet hall

Would you like it done right? Or would you like it done quick? Editing a six hour day down to the perfect three minutes is no easy feat. It’s a technical and creative process that has to be done with the subjects in mind. It can be emotionally taxing; you have to live the emotions of the video every time you run through your edits. (Which will be several dozen to 100 times.) You have to watch it from the perspective of bride, groom, family and friends. There are technical components to consider…high grade videos can take hours to render and one flawed transition or typo can start the export over again. Sound has to be edited and manipulated, then synced with the images. Working on a single wedding video full time takes a week minimum to do right. If you’re filming and editing others at the same time? It’s a permanent back log. 

I’m sitting on three edits myself right now. One is a wedding I really want to finish, but it’s a wonderful young couple and I want it done to the highest standards. I will take the extra weeks to make sure that their special day is chronicaled perfectly, because I know they’ll be watching it for the next 50 years. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

Alyx19 :  I think everyone totally understands how long editing takes and how much skill it requires. But I think it’s fair to expect a professional to stick to the deadline they themselves gave you. I totally get things happen (sickness, family emergencies, etc) and could understand them being a little behind, but if that happens, I would expect the videographer to keep me informed and I would think the photogrpaher/videographer needs to be very apologetic and be busting their butt to get it to you as soon as possible. In the case of my photog, she is behind because she overextended herself and is bad at time management (but continues to take on new bookings), which is not really a good excuse in my book. She has missed two of her own deadlines that she herself set, and has never even apologized for it, so yes, she is gettting a bad review. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1995

sassybeee :  I think with that delay you should be able to say, our contract stated that you would have this to me at such and such a date.  This will be 5 weeks past that date.  How do you plan to compensate me for the delay?  

If you he is going to run a business and put dates in contracts, then he needs to follow through with them.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

For $4k all you get is a 3 minute video?? is that really how videographers work?

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1995

AnonBee2019 :  That was my thought too!!  My wedding video is edited coverage of the whole day and it was a lot cheaper than that.  We also didn’t want 6+ months for it.  

I can’t believe a 3 minute video would cost that much.  

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