Maggie
Champion October 2025

Necessary or Not: Videography?

Maggie, on February 19, 2019 at 11:05 AM

Posted in Planning 110

Have you been dreaming of your wedding video longer than you’ve been dreaming of your wedding dress? Is a wedding videographer a necessary part of your vendor team? Or do think wedding videography is an “extra” service that you can live without? Where do you stand on wedding videography? Necessary...

Have you been dreaming of your wedding video longer than you’ve been dreaming of your wedding dress? Is a wedding videographer a necessary part of your vendor team? Or do think wedding videography is an “extra” service that you can live without?

Where do you stand on wedding videography? Necessary or not?


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110 Comments

  • Josee
    Savvy February 2020
    Josee ·
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    I don’t think it’s necessary. It’s a nice addition but if you don’t have the budget for it that’s one thing to do without
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  • Amanda
    Dedicated March 2019
    Amanda ·
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    I definitely don't think it's necessary, but my mom did suggest asking my brother to bring his small video camera just to shoot a few quick videos like our first dance and the cake cutting.

    It would be nice to have videos of those moments, but I wouldn't want to spend money on a professionally edited video that I'll probably watch like once

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  • Kristy
    Dedicated April 2019
    Kristy ·
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    So necessary! I want to be able to look back on that video forever! We're definitely splurging on extra features because I don't want to forget a single moment.

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  • MrsV1027
    Master October 2018
    MrsV1027 ·
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    It came included for us. I got to watch it before the pics came in which was nice. I will say though we haven't watched it since.

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  • Ellie
    Devoted January 2020
    Ellie ·
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    This is a tough one! For me it's something that could be cut if someone's budget is absolutely strained, I definitely want this for my wedding. So much goes into planning and preparing for a wedding and it's over all in a couple of hours. I think having something to reflect on the memories is one of the most important things, so I say photography + videography is the way to go. If it's too expensive then just the photography.

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  • Kristen
    Just Said Yes September 2019
    Kristen ·
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    Nope, not necessary. Our photographer is excellent and I'm sure our guests will record stuff.
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  • Jahnese
    Beginner October 2019
    Jahnese ·
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    Yes, only because there are some special moments that the bride and groom may miss that the videographer would catch. At my brother’s wedding, they captured the cutest moment between the grandmothers of the bride and groom sharing a secret. No one else would have ever noticed
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  • Katie
    Savvy August 2019
    Katie ·
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    Not, a luxury with today’s technology.
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  • Monica
    Savvy March 2019
    Monica ·
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    I wouldn’t consider this a necessity, but for the right price you may as well film your wedding since it will only happen once 🤞🏽🤣 A videographer is out of my budget but I might buy an iPad stand and just make sure it’s good to go for filming the ceremony. (I would want to film it for family overseas who cannot attend, or just so I can remember it in full...) It could then double as a photo booth or something during the reception 🙌🏽
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  • Emma
    Dedicated September 2020
    Emma ·
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    I feel if you have a really good photographer, a videographer is completely unnecessary
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  • Colleen
    Master September 2019
    Colleen ·
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    No we had no desire for ome.
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  • Lizzy
    Super October 2019
    Lizzy ·
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    I don't think so. That being said I'd like video of at least our ceremony so our photographer is setting us up with someone who is looking to build their portfolio and will do it for a good price as we dont have a budget for it
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  • Maggie
    Champion October 2025
    Maggie ·
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    I agree, Amanda, and I think a lot of people (or at least the ones I know) are doing that. Filming the little moments and asking their guests to catch it on Snapchat and stuff like that.

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  • Maggie
    Champion October 2025
    Maggie ·
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    That's sort of my school of thought, Emma. In my mind, the saying is "A picture speaks a thousand words," not necessarily a video.

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  • D
    Just Said Yes April 2019
    Deb ·
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    Not for us, all my friends who sprung for one have only watched it once.

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  • Yannuen
    Beginner May 2019
    Yannuen ·
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    If you are on a budget and can afford it like me. Then have your guest share their videos and pictures. I’m sure there will be people recording.
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  • Katie
    VIP November 2019
    Katie ·
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    Not for us. I think photos will do just fine
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  • N
    Just Said Yes April 2019
    Neeci ·
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    I would like to have one, but do to my budget, we decided against. Plus with all the cell phone recordings their will be plenty of videos floating around and posted.
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  • Alexandra
    Savvy September 2019
    Alexandra ·
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    Not necessary. We are going without so we can have a wonderful photographer. Maybe we'll have a family friend get the ceremony on video, but its definitely not in the budget, and neither of us will be heartbroken, since we'll have our amazing photographer.

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  • Maggie
    Champion October 2025
    Maggie ·
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    I'm sorry you can't fit a videographer in your budget, but I'm glad for the technology that we have around now! I know that I'd be trying to catch some Snapchats at the weddings I go to.

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