I really love wedding videos - I do think they capture the wedding even better than photos do. I think with the change in how we consume media (lots of photos, yes, but also so much more videos in the form of gifs, snapchats, instagram stories, etc) these videos will become standard in the future and the preferred way to share wedding memories. Between the movement, the speeches/words, and the music I find them MUCH more engaging (as a viewer) than looking at a hundred still photos.
ALL THAT SAID...I might not even have a videographer! They really are an unnecessary expense. If the budget were not an issue I would absolutely do it though.
I hired one and am so happy I did. I’ll get two videos... a short 5-6 minute one and a longer one 30-45 minutes. I can’t wait to watch it and hear everything and see what it was like. A video is so different from photos and you don’t really remember what is said at your wedding since it goes by so fast and you’re pulled in so many different directions. I found a great deal and my guy was with me all day from getting ready to the end of the night
We were not initially planning on having a videographer. However, after watching others wedding videos and talking with some of our friends who had videographers, we decided to hire one. We are SO glad we did! They did an amazing job. We have our entire ceremony recorded (which I’m so excited to watch!), all of our special moments (first look, letter readings, first dance, father/daughter dances, speeches), and got a highlight film. My wife and I talk all the time about how glad we are we decided to hire a videographer. We watch our highlight film constantly and can’t wait to get the rest of our videos back in the next few weeks! It was definitely money well spent.
I had planned on hiring a videographer, but once I actually stopped and thought about it, I realized it would probably be a waste of time and money for us. I honestly couldn’t see myself ever sitting down and actually watching the video (aside from once when we first got it back). I just couldn’t see dropping that much money on something that would just sit around collecting dust and never get any use. I guess I would suggest thinking about whether you would ever get any use out of it. Would it be worth the financial investment for you?
A coworker of mine offered to do it for a really low price. She's an up and coming filmmaker and wanted to try her hand at it.
150% glad we did it! She got us a highlight video in FIVE days (I was so worried she hadn't slept), and the raw footage on an external hard drive within 6 weeks. It's so nice to have video of our vows (and our swordfight), and everything. Our photographer was amazing, but he couldn't get *every* thing, so having the video allows us more perspectives and memories!
Watch a few wedding videos on youtube and tell me you don't tear up (when you don't even know the people!) Imagine how much more emotion you'll feel when it's you and your day. For me it was non-negotiable.
We aren't having a videographer because we would only want them for the ceremony. Luckily, our DJ has a drone he uses to record the beginning of the ceremony (up until the officiant begins speaking so that you don't hear the buzzing of the drone). Everything else, just pictures. I will have a family member record our first dance and my dance with my dad though.
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