(Closed) Wedding Videographer? Is it worth the money??

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Is a wedding videographer worth the splurge?
    Yes : (17 votes)
    77 %
    No : (4 votes)
    18 %
    Undecided : (1 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    738 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    it’s fun to see yourself in action! It doesn’t even have to be super professional. You might be able to find a college student willing to do it for cheap. Even if you can just hire someone for the ceremony, or an hour or two at the reception, it might be worth it.

    Post # 4
    460 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I think it depends on what you want and your budget. My fiance didn’t really care whether we have one, but I’m very mushy and sappy sometimes and I love to relive happy moments. I’d be very sad if I couldn’t look back on that day (in motion, not just pictures) and relive it. Also, I think videographers are sometimes able to capture moments that you miss in the chaos of the day.

    With that being said, I wasn’t willing to spend thousands of dollars for a videographer. It seems like a lot of videographers these day put together a really polished, fancy, cinematic video that’s 10 or 20 minutes long and really only gives highlights of the day, and they charge a LOT for it. That might be the right decision for a lot of people (and I see why — having something of that quality would be awesome!). But for me, I preferred to have a more basic quality video but get all of the moments. I went with someone who does more of a documentary style, but with two cameras so that there are multiple angles. The final video will be about an hour and a half to two hours. It’ll include the entire ceremony plus video of before the ceremony (the guys and girls getting dressed, etc.),  plus all of the special moments from the reception (dances, toasts, cake cutting) and footage from the party after all of the formalities are out of the way.

    We got a good deal from the videographer, especially because he also shot my sister’s wedding. The $800 we’re paying will be worth it for me, but his original price of $1700 would be tough for me to swallow.

    If you’d rather not splurge on video, you might want to consider having a *trusted* family or friend record some of the special moments for you.

    Post # 5
    3101 posts
    Sugar bee

    @psa22:  Sounds like a decision you might regret for the rest of your life.  Get the videographer!

    Post # 6
    1041 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @psa22:  I think you can either shell out the money for a decent one or not have one at all.  I got a very mediocre one for my 1st wedding and it was not worth the money.  It was painfully difficult to look at, bad quality, shaking, bad edits, etc.  Splurging this time around…hopefully with better results!

    Post # 7
    554 posts
    Busy bee

    So I was against having one, I figured we had an amazing photographer which we splurged on. My inlaws were insistent so I found a really inexpensive one, and, while I would never tell them, I am beyond grateful that they pushed and we got it. I treasure it and watch the whole thing often. They captured things my photographer couldn’t and I just can’t describe the joy I get watching it, and I literally got the cheapest and it was perfect. 


    so worth it!

    Post # 8
    1782 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Yes!! I hired one, videography wedding videos make me cry! I’ve heard of so much regret from girls who didn’t use one. Why not has professional live footage of your big day?

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