(Closed) Wedding Videography versus No Wedding Videography?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
567 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We are not having one. A high school friend is doing out photography, and we are splurging a little on a photo bench for the night for $650.  I don’t feel the need to spend thousands on a video that truthfully, I will probably only watch once.  We are thinking about asking an uncle who is ALWAYS taking pictures at family events to record out ceremony, and the reception parts like the first dance and cake cutting.

Post # 18
10713 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I want a videographer but I don’t want that dept.

Our wedding is $5000 budget and most videographers cost about that haha. I guess our awesome friends photography will have to tell the story for us.

Post # 19
698 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Way too expensive!  Our photographer is $2500 and has someone for video for an extra $1500-$2000.  Just too much money on something that isn’t worth it to me.  I plan on having a family member or friend video the ceremony at least, but we can’t spend all that cash on a professional. 

Post # 20
3048 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I don’t want any video footage of our wedding. My Future Sister-In-Law had one at hers, and it was nice I suppose. But I really don’t want to look at myself in real-time at our wedding. Plus, I had to watch her video like 5 times and it was really boring. I can’t stand watching ceremonies in the first place… so I defintely don’t want to watch it again 🙂 Plus, I spent tons of money on my photography. She said that videographers tend to get in her way and all the pictures have their equipment in them, no thanks! But I can totally understand why someone else would want videography. I guess it’s just preference.

Post # 21
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I debated over this same thing. In the end, we decided it was something we really wanted to have and be able to share with family members that won’t be able to make it. We found a videographer whose work we liked and were able to negotiate him down quite a bit. There was another one I was completely obsessed with, but his price was way, way too high, unfortunately.

Seeing as you are in Orange County, I’d suggest talking to Chapman University’s film school. That’s my alma mater and there are tons of talented grad and undergrad film students there. I’m sure you can find someone who’d be willing to do it for a price that’s in your budget. I actually even know/have access to a few talented film folks from there, if you’re interested. PM me and I’d be happy to provide some connections!

Post # 22
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Its expensive. But there is nothing like watching a video of you your wedding. My mom passed away 3 years ago, I have many many pictures of her. Videos? Probably 1 or 2 : ( I want my kids to see their grandmother one day. How she talked, how she looked, how she was. I cherish every single one of my family members, because I don’t know how much longer they will be with us. For that reason, I am doing videography for our wedding.

Post # 23
2906 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My grandmother (yes, grandmother, over 60 years ago) had video at hers. It was a home video, but it is so precious.


For all that video “isn’t important to me” I am going to have some “home video” tape of the wedding. I don’t need anything fancy, but I think it is a great idea to have something.

Until I saw that video of my grandma and grandpa, I didn’t want any, but now I know I want a very basic video. We’re just going to set the cameras up on tripods.

Post # 24
381 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

It’s very important to me so we’re having one. When I talk to other couples who didn’t have one, they said their #1 regret of their wedding was that they didn’t hire a videographer – so that’s why we’re having one!

Post # 25
572 posts
Busy bee

We decided to simply have the ceremony videotaped. That alone saved money. It was never in the budget, but I know that it is something that we will appreciate later.

Post # 26
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Videography is one of the things that fell under “unplanned expenses” for us. When we found out video was something people got, we were surprised and caught offguard. I didn’t even think of it.

But we are getting a videographer. After seeing some wedding videos, we decided on wanting an edited montage (not just straight-up video) which we won’t know how to DIY. It’s much harder to DIY video…out of hundreds of guest photos, you may find a few gems, but only a videographer can edit together your whole wedding into a 3-minute video, and put it to music, and show it on the same day at the reception.

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