Caitlin
Just Said Yes April 2022

Videographer or Just photographer??

Caitlin, on November 29, 2021 at 8:30 PM Posted in Planning 3 18
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Are you choosing to do a videographer as well as photographer? Why or why not? Photographers are around 3,000 and videographers are also around the same price range from what I’ve seen so far. I really want my wedding on video but it’s so expensive & im trying to stay in budget. Should I just do photographer or will I regret it later?

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Latest activity by Stefanie, on December 11, 2021 at 8:12 PM
  • Hannah
    Master July 2019
    Hannah ·
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    I just did a photographer. It's been over 2 years and I don't regret it at all. My cousin actually recorded our ceremony and we never even watched it. I love pir photos, and several are displayed in our home. However, we knew we'd never watch the video.
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  • L
    Savvy December 2023
    Lissett ·
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    I was contemplating the same thing. I really want quality pictures that shows my best moments only. I was considering only a portion for the ceremony for the video so it would be cheaper for 1 hr recording instead of the whole night of reception. So I believe that should be a way to save money because thats The most important moment. So anyone that wants a copy of the ceremony can have it afterwards like relatives that couldn’t make it and the guests can record the party themselves on phones if they want.
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  • Sarahk
    Dedicated December 2021
    Sarahk ·
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    I, myself, know for a fact that I will not sit down and rewatch my wedding. So I decided not to spend the money for a videographer. I have seen others and think It’s a great memento.
    I think you’re going to have to decide if it’s worth it for yourself
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  • Stephanie
    Savvy August 2022
    Stephanie ·
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    Photographer only. I can see myself and my partner looking through a photo album many times over.
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  • devotedlydavis
    Expert March 2022
    devotedlydavis ·
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    I was photographer only. However, we recently lost my FIL and now we are hiring a videographer too. While pictures are great, they can’t replace watching and hearing a loved on who has passed one more time. For that reason only, we decided to go with a videographer.
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  • Jessi
    Super October 2022
    Jessi ·
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    This is also why we decided to hire a videographer. Originally both of us were perfectly fine without one, but after losing half of our remaining grandparents in a like 8 month span, we realized we'd really like to have footage of people who won't always be with us.

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  • Cece
    Rockstar November 2022
    Cece ·
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    I had planned on doing photography only, but after hearing so many brides here on WW say that their biggest regret was not hiring a videographer, or that videography was the best decision they had made, the best money they spent, etc. I changed my mind and hired a videographer. And I have to say, I feel much more at peace now that we have! I would much rather risk “wasting” extra money on something that we only watch a few times, than risk regretting having not done it for the rest of my life.
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  • Lisa
    Rockstar July 2022
    Lisa Online ·
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    My fiance and I initially didn't plan to book a videographer, and opted to instead spend extra cash on photography (additional hours, adding a second shooter, etc). We postponed due to COVID, and since reading on these forums about how many people loved their wedding videos, and also hearing from friends and family about how glad they were to have their videographers, we figured we should at least look into it to make sure we felt good about skipping it. So we did some research on vendors in the area and watched some example wedding videos. We found a videographer whose videos we both absolutely loved, and decided to book them! There are so many things that video captures that pictures do not, and while the photos are my higher priority, we are super excited for our wedding videos too! If videography is in your budget, I recommend looking into it! You might be able to save money by booking a vendor who does both photography and videography.
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  • L
    Dedicated April 2022
    Liz ·
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    Try to find a vendor who can do both! It’s much cheaper to hire one company to do two services than it is to hire two companies.
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  • Heather
    Rockstar November 2021
    Heather ·
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    I only had a photographer. I was sooooo set on getting a videographer, but they were over our budget and I honestly didn't like a lot of their work lol.. I don't regret not having one Smiley smile Friends and family were able to still capture videos on their phones for certain moments like our ceremony, wedding entrances, dances, etc. We did a small backyard wedding so it was totally fine lol. So, if you have the budget then go for it!

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  • S
    Expert November 2021
    Sara ·
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    We had both but if budget were a factor, then I would have invested more in a high quality photographer and skipped a videographer

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  • Meghan
    Master October 2019
    Meghan ·
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    We had both and are SO glad we did! Photos are great, and we love them. But the videos of our entire day are our favorite. Your wedding day will go by so fast and is like a blur. It’s nice to have the videos to look back on and relive your day. It’s worth every penny!
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  • Taylor
    Dedicated October 2022
    Taylor ·
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    I probably just hired a photographer and paid for him to bring a second photographer with him. It’s costing us $7100 so we weren’t going to do a videographer which is why we hired two photographers. I changed my mind and hired a videographer too for $3500 which is for a 6 minute highlight video and a one hour documentary edit video. I understand though if you don’t have the budget (honestly we don’t 🙃) I would go photographer
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  • Taylor
    Dedicated October 2022
    Taylor ·
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    *I actually just hired a photographer
    Damn spelling mistakes lol
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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I wanted video more than photo.

    i ended up with both. i don't really look at my photos but i do every now and the relive the day through watching my short video - that's why i wanted it. i felt like you're not going to scroll through hundreds of photos but watching a 3-4 minute video that recaps the day is easier

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  • Rebelle Fleur
    Rockstar July 2021
    Rebelle Fleur ·
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    We had both. I’m still waiting on my photographer to edit the video. You can try the thumbtack app to try and find a less expensive videographer. I am happy with my decision to spend the extra money. These are memories that you want to relive forever. The day went by so fast I’m happy that I’ll be able to watch it over and over.
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  • Lisa
    Just Said Yes December 2021
    Lisa ·
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    This is my second marriage and didn’t do either in my first marriage because I couldn’t afford it and really wished I had. This time around we’re getting both! Thankfully our planners have contracts with local vendors so the prices weren’t too bad.
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  • Stefanie
    Devoted May 2022
    Stefanie ·
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    We are only doing a photographer.
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