Post # 1
Before I was even engaged I would watch wedding videos. A friend of a friend posted her wedding video and after that I was hooked. I’ve known that the wedding video was something that was important on my list of must have’s but now that I am engaged and planning a wedding I can’t see how I could ever afford one. The best rate I got in my area for a decent quality was 3k. I have read about finding students, etc. but I can’t find any. And when I go down the list of costs for the wedding I can’t see anywhere we can save. We are already having a small wedding (50 people). Any tips on how I can reconcile not having a wedding video? I legitimately believe it will be something I will always regret but when you don’t have the money there’s not much you can do..
Post # 3
@JenniferMm: Do you have any friends who are in theatre or like to make movies? My FI’s good friend makes lots of movies and has done a few wedding videos so we are going to use him. There wasn’t really room in our budget for videography, like you said we could only find people for about $3,000.
Post # 4
Do you have a friend or family member that has a decent camera that can at least catch the highlights for you?
Also, where are you located? Average in my area is around 1500. I’m paying 1600.
Have you tried putting an ad up at nearby colleges?
Post # 5
The real art, and expense in videography is in the editing. IF you can’t afford a professional now, have a few friends use a hand-helds and have them videotape your ceremony and reception as best as they can. When you finally have a little extra money, take your rough footage to a professional and have them edit it together as your wedding video. I have a nephew who is a videographer and I have seen him do freaking amazing things with the crappiest footage imaginable. A real professional can weave together the bits and pieces and add all the music and make the video really tell a story, even with the worst footage. So after the wedding, save your pennies and maybe for your first anniversary you can afford to have your wedding video to watch
Post # 6
While it’s definitely true that editing is what takes a long time and accounts for quite a bit of the expense, I’d recommend against the route that SandyThePoet suggests. If you do have a family member shooting for you it’s likely that the footage will be shaky; depending on the camcorder or camera it might not be high quality or even HD; a lot of people have difficulty shooting in darker rooms (like the reception); and your family member might forget to capture something while they are busy enjoying your day! And there’s audio to worry about too – video without the vows being spoken is a lot less meaningful!
Instead, why not see if you can find a videographer who can work inside your budget. A lot of videographers have different packages for different budget ranges, although it might mean you get them for a shorter time during the day. You also definitely wouldn’t be getting all the bells and whistles like a same day edit, steadicam/cranes shots, and you might not even get a highlight film. But if you can just find someone with decent gear (at least two cameras), audio recording devices and some sort of stabilization (tripod/monopod) you should get some good footage that you *would* be able to edit into something magical later.
Good luck! =)
Post # 7
after i got engaged, i felt the same way! i did a LOT of research and we decided to use wedit.com. check it out! they send you 5 “flip” handheld video cameras for your friends and family to film the whole wedding, even the days leading up! then, you send the cameras back and they edit you a full length 60 minute video with music and sound and you have access to all the raw footage. it cost us $750 or $850. i can’t remember for sure. wayy cheaper and really personal. they have wonderful sample videos on their website.
i hope you find something you love.
Post # 8
My friend haunted the local newsstations parking lot and talked to every cameraman coming off duty until she found one who would shoot her wedding for $1000. $300 of that was what the studio charges him to borrow their camera. She expected a raw unedited tape for the price but he got bored on a slow news day and edited it for her. Maybe you would luck out too?
Post # 9
I too REALLY wanted a videographer, but the ones where I’m having my wedding was $2,000. After thinking about it we decided not to have one because we were over budget as it is. It’s sad and it upsets me, but I’d rather save a little.I’m considering having one of our family members tape the ceremony.
Post # 10
I’m not having much luck right now, but there’s tons of companies out there who will rent you 3-5 flip cams for your guests to shoot video, then send the cameras back and the company will put together a cohesive video for you. It’s like $300 I believe.
Post # 11
Will you have people attending who own videocameras? My dad took a video of my cousin’s wedding that turned out really nicely and she loved it- he hadn’t told her ahead of time in case it didn’t turn out. It was actually the first thing he ever filmed with it, besides just playing with buttons, haha. No, it wasn’t anywhere near professional quality and it wasn’t edited, but he got the best moments of the day. He also had a small tripod so the video wasn’t too shaky.
Post # 12
Have you looked on Craigslist?
Post # 13
@JenniferMm: If video is something you’ve been dreaming about since before you were engaged, you have to get a professional. There is no way that any of these alternatives will live up to what you already have in your mind as ideal and in the end you’ll regret your choice to compromise later. Take it from someone who went DIY and does regret it. Friends with their own cameras or rented flip cameras will only cover so much; we have half of our first dance, no cake cutting, hardly any dancing and the ceremony and toasts can barely be heard. Family and friends are there to have fun, not to work. By the middle of the reception, none of our friends were filming anymore. There is someone in your local area that will fit in your budget. You just need to search until you find them. I live in NY and there are people offering video services here from $995 all the way up to $10,000. If it’s possible to find someone in these ranges here, you can find someone where you are. I think that if you want a quailty video, you have to look for someone between $1500 and $2000 (I’m going just on the 3K you wrote about alone). My sister hired a videographer for her wedding here in NY after seeing what a mess my video was and knowing how much I regreted it. She found hers for $2000 and I watch her video more than I look at mine. It may take a while and may be like searching for a needle in a haystack, but you will have a better video with a pro and you’ll be much happier with your video. Don’t give up so soon.
Post # 14
Thanks for the encouragement. I keep getting quotes and hope that I can eventually find someone that we can afford. As for friends/family filming-We are having a small wedding (50 or so people) and don’t want them to feel obligated and I don’t want it to detract from them having fun. I still have some time so I will keep searching!