Post # 1
I recenlty had someone ask me if we are getting someone to record the highlights of the wedding, and were stunned when we said no.
We ahave a photographer to crapture the whole night, literally until 11pm. So We didnt find the need for a videographer. I could never see us sittign down to watch it over again….
If you didnt, did you regret it? And if you did, have you watched it?!
Post # 2
We only planned to have our ceremony filmed due to cost (videography is expensive!), but our videographer had so much fun at our reception he ended up filming the whole wedding at no extra charge. To be honest, my favorite part of the video is the highlights from the reception, so while I didn’t plan to have it I’m really glad I ended up with it. My husband and I still watch the video here and there, but it was a great way to share our day with friends/family that couldn’t be there.
Post # 3
Not married yet, but I feel the same way as you. I’m not hiring a videographer. I don’t think we will regret it, but we decided to take a video of the ceremony with the church’s camera just in case.
I would have a friend film the ceremony with a personal camera (you can buy high definition cameras for a couple hundred bucks these days- a steal compared to the costs of a videographer). You really don’t need cinematographic editting (which is what you are paying for with a videographer) unless you want it on a wedding blog- just a straight shot so that people who couldn’t make it can watch, and you can reflect occassionally throughout the years and show future generations. Most of us have seen our parent’s videos, and have enjoyed watching them, and today even an iphone camera beats the quality of their videos significantly.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
We hired both a photog and a videographer, and I’m SO glad we did. We have an amazing 10-minute video to watch and reminisce about our wedding. We watch it at least 5-6x/year. In a way, it’s more special to me than the photos, because I LOVE re-watching our vows. 🙂
Post # 5
Nikkimcq: We feel the same way. We hired an awesome photographer and photobooth company, and in this digital age, plenty of people will be recording the ceremony and parts of the reception on their phones. It didn’t seem worth it to us to shell out the extra cash for a videographer, but I totally get why people do it.
Post # 6
We opted not to hire one.. too many times I see couples spending thousands of dollars on something that they give to family and friends, and they maybe watch it a few times on their anniversaries.
Post # 7
We hired a videographer and I am happy we did. I absolutely love both the short film and the long film we were provided as it caught so many important moments throughout the day. While our photos are amazing too they didn’t capture the vows, speeches and other amazing moments throughout our big day that you need words and sound to truly enjoy.
One of my most favorite parts captured was our first look. The conversation between my Darling Husband and I was all caught on film and it was full of emotion, happiness and lots and lots of teasing. Every time I watch that part I have to laugh.
Post # 8
I hate myself on video, or even voice recorded. I would 100% not watch it, and if my Fiance (or then DH) decided to sit down and watch it, I would likley walk out of the room because I wouldn’t want to watch myself. My Fiance is actually the same way. Between this and price, or decision not to hire a videographer was pretty clear.
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club
At first we weren’t going to have a videographer, and all my friends who had one seemed shocked and appalled.
We eventually changed our mind because everyone was saying we would regret it… plus we got a really good deal.
So it seems most people think it’s a mistake NOT to have a videographer. At least in my circle of friends.
Post # 10
At first I wasn’t sure, but my sister told me not hiring a videographer is her biggest wedding say regret, so we’re going to shell out the money.
It’s costing more than I had planned, but watching the some of the “highlights” videos this person puts together literally brought tears to my FI’s eyes, so imagine how much he’ll love watching ours! The highlights videos are about 5-7 minutes, so it’s perfect to send friends and family who couldn’t be there and for us to watch whenever we want to re-live the day. The videographer saves all the footage for a year, so we’re planning to buy the full-length video as a 1-year anniversary present to ourselves.<br />
Post # 11
- Wedding: November 2019 - City, State
We didnt. I dont think we would have watched it! Although my dad and I did a “youtube style” dance, so it would have been nice to have that on a better quality video, and I’m sure our long distance relatives would have appreciated a video, but for us personally, it would have been a waste. We spent that money on a photobooth, which was SO much fun, I have no regrets about that!
Post # 12
nope. i don’t see the point. it’s an added expense i didn’t feel like having.
Post # 13
Thanks all! I am more of a picture person, thats why this decision is so hard. I definately would not spend $$ on this, but would ask people to record moments and edit it together later. I have reached out to some cousins to see if they would be willing. But even after all the recommendations, i could not picture us sitting down to watch a video. I would rather look at pictures and discuss our memeories.
Post # 14
I didn’t feel the need for it since plenty of family have video cameras and could set up the cam in a good spot to record, so that is what we did, and I’m glad. We haven’t watched the wedding, and we’ve been married nearly 2 years.
What I DID love is my cousin’s husband set up their video camera to record the whole reception and dance. They just set it in the corner and let it go, so although the video is dark in some spots, I have all of those memories on video, and it was free!
Post # 15
My uncle was nice enough to film clips of the whole day for us: from the ceremony to the dances to the toasts to the cake cutting. It definitely wasn’t professional quality, but it was free and I can hear and see what was going on and that is what is important. It just depends on what your expectations are and what you would be willing to spend, but I do enjoy having a video.