Post # 1
How many of you are getting wedding videographers and how important to you is it? I would love to have my wedding captured so I could share with some family that will not be able to make it, and to show my kids in the future, but the prices are so high. Well, some are high. I am in love with this videographer, but his rates start at $3000. I understand that $3K may be a pretty standard rate, but my wedding budget just can’t support the cost. I looked at cheaper videographers, but it’s just not what I’m looking for, I would rather not spend that kind of money on a videographer whose work I wasn’t in love with.
Do you think videography is something I can skip on or is it something I would regret skipping? What would you do?
Post # 3
We skipped it and I am ok with it. We did get a friend to record the ceremony on an HD SLR camera that had a recording feature and I am happy with that.
Post # 4
Not doing it either. Photography is soo expensive, I am happy just to have that!
Post # 5
@Miss Mellow Yellow: I agree. We’re going to skip it as well. It was something I could take or leave…and once I glimpsed the price tag I left it ;o)
One of my cousins is going to video for us through the ceremony and get random shots etc at the reception. Good ’nuff for us!
Post # 6
We chose to have film because it captures a different emotion than photos. While photos capture a great still visual, video gets subtle expression; the particular sound of laughter, movement in people you haven’t seen for years, eyes which sneak looks and smiles which softly break.
We got married in 2008, before the massive recession hit, and most of our friends chose not to spring for video. They regretted it afterwards, because you definitely forget the depth of moving emotion after a while. Some people pass away, others have a few phrases they say, and you never get to hear it in person.
Looking back, ours was expensive. But it happens one time. I can’t remember what happened that day, even while watching it on film, I think, “it didn’t happen that way, I just don’t recall it”. Pressure builds up for weeks, and on the day of, it flies by so fast. I am glad we got our day on film.
This is us:
Post # 7
I think we are going to do it. We can get full day coverage for $800, which is way out of budget, but I love what it captures. Since we just have to put a $200 deposit on it, we are going to budget ourselves to pay for it. I’ve heard friends who have it say it is totally worth it and something they watch (with kids now) on their anniversary. Also, some family members have since died and they cherish having them on video.
Post # 8
I don’t really think we are attractive enough to warrant spending 3K on videography
We’ll have a friend record the ceremony, but no professional videography. Heck, I don’t even love looking at photos of myself.
However, since it sounds like it’s something you may really want to do, I wonder if you could possibly adjust the budget to work it in? Maybe spend less on a photographer and funnel that money to videography?
Post # 9
My daughter just got married on 2/26/11 and she did not want video because of the cost (even though my husband and I were paying for it). My son is a film student and we hired a friend of his who recently graduated to shoot the video. It was much less expensive and he did us a favor. My son is editing the raw footage as a gift to his sister and new brother-in-law. When my daughter saw a short part of the video she started to cry. She called and thanked me for insisting on videography. She said she loved seeing herself walking down the aisle. She could see herself taking a deep breath to calm herself down before she said her vows. She will have on video forever she and her husband saying their vows.
Call around to local colleges and art schools and see if they have film students who can shoot the video. It will be much less expensive. Videographers are so expensive because of the huge amounts of time spent editing, adding music, etc to the footage.
Post # 10
Something else to think about; my 56 year old aunt just had a bleeding brain stroke and is in rehab for a few weeks/months now. She has no use of her left arm and is just starting to use her leg. My FI’s great uncle just fell this week and is in the ICU with a brain bleed. I wish we could have had them on tape. and unfortunately, I know my grandparents are getting older and their health is declining too. Once I started looking at those things, I really do think it’s a valuable thing to have. 🙂
You can probably find someone who does a great job. Have you done a google search for your area? Try contacting schools with video programs too. 🙂
Post # 11
Initially I wasn’t planning on having pro videographer and figured the pictures were enough. My wedding planner highly recommended one and put me in touch with a great company. My wedding was a month ago and I can’t wait to see the video. I realized how much of the wedding day I missed and with the video I’ll get to see things I missed. Like my adorable niece & nephew (4 & 2) walking down the aisle. 🙂 I heard they were adorable Ring Bearer & Flower Girl but missed them in action! Or my 84 year old grandma cutting a run. Just a thought! Some have suggested a film student, if budget is a limiting factor that would be a great idea.
Post # 12
Yeah, videography is so expesive!! The way I figure it, I will get someone cheap and spring for a little editig and get all the raw footage. When I have more money, more editing then. I am spending way too much on photography as is!
Post # 13
We’re currently debating the same thing. I think it may not be the best use of our budget, but Fiance thinks we will watch it in the future and it will be nice to have footage to look back on. I think photography will be enough, but I see where he’s coming from.
I think we’re going to try to look for just ceremony coverage in the ~$500 range as a compromise. I’m in the same boat…I don’t want to spend so much, but I’m also afraid I’ll regret it!
Post # 14
@djoann958: What a great idea. My fiance went to a design college so he may have friends that were in digital media that were great at editing film. Thank you for your suggestion!
@MapleBecky: Yeah, I have really thought about that. My grandpa is flying in from the Philippines. He and my dad are walking me down the aisle so it would be nice to have that on film.
Thank you everyone for your input and suggestions. We have decided to go ahead and book a videographer, the problem is finding the right one. My dream videographer is charging $2500 for same day edit (3-4 mins) with all raw footage (unedited) on flash drive. It’s expensive so I’m still looking for someone more within budget.
Post # 15
I really hope you can find someone cheaper. Most of them around here are from $600-1000.
Post # 16
One suggestion is to get recommendations from your photographer. My photographer has a couple of videographers he prefers to work with, so buy working with one of them as well as my photog, the we got a nice discount off the price of videography.