Spring Bride
Beginner May 2020

Videographer or mirror booth??

Spring Bride, on January 26, 2020 at 10:37 AM Posted in Planning 0 22
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It would be a 30-60 minute video for $1600 and full coverage... or the same price for a mirror picture station for 4 hours...our budget is only allowing us one.. any advice from experience? Thank you!

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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
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    I would undoubtedly go with videography. You can keep a video (in theory) forever. People will have fun with the photo booth and then never think about it again.

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  • Nicole
    Expert August 2020
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    I would go with videography. I would rather be able to watch my wedding video than look at photos from the photo booth.
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  • MOB So Cal
    January 2019
    MOB So Cal ·
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    Agree with pps! Absolutely videographer. People can take goofy pictures on their cell phones for free, if they are dying for the photobooth experience.

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  • Chrysta
    Super November 2020
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    I’m going to be the minority here. I would go with the photo booth! It creates a more fun atmosphere at the reception and also serves as party favors for the guests & allows them to take home a fun memory from the wedding. Personally, I couldn’t see spending $1600 for a video that I would probably watch once and never again. I think it all depends on how much use you think you would actually get out of a wedding video. If you are like me & would just watch it once, then maybe just have a friend or family member record it for you
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  • Nikki
    Devoted August 2020
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    Videography! Even though you might not watch it very often, it’s so nice to be able to show your future children and have all your speeches to watch for later.


    If you really wanted the photobooth on top you could always DIY. That’s what we’re going to do and it will cost us about $100 with the ring light and backdrop. Your guests will still have the fun experience without having to spend so much money on it. Also, your photobooth seems very high. Our DJ and photographer both quoted it to us at $500
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  • Samantha
    Dedicated July 2020
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    I would say video, but you can also find photobooths for a lot cheaper too

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  • Jami
    Dedicated March 2021
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    Video for sure! you should be able to find a photo booth for way less than 1600 my DJ added the photo booth for 250 for 4 hrs

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  • Dayna
    Devoted March 2021
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    I agree with videographer. Could you cut the cost by asking for a shorter highlights video and the rest of the raw footage? 30-60 seems long, my videographer is just a 7 minute highlight video and then we will just get the rest of the footage raw. We could always pay to have it edited later. That would leave room in your budget to DIY a photo booth as others have suggested.

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  • Catherine
    VIP November 2019
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    I had a magic mirror photo booth (included in my DJ package) and it was a lot of fun. i got an album of all the photos the guests printed and have a file of all the photos taken that day.

    I do wish i had video only because the day was so hectic it flew by in the blink of an eye. but its really what you prefer! I really enjoyed the booth.

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  • Melle
    Champion June 2019
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    I agree with video.

    i personally feel like that's something you'll look back on more rather than photobooth pics

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  • Dana
    Beginner May 2020
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    I would go with videography because you can always look back at people having fun at your wedding by a video. I love the mirror photo-booth but that takes time away from the wedding and partying, in my opinion.

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  • Meghan
    Rockstar October 2019
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    Videographer!!!! No question! Our wedding videos are one of my favorite parts of our day. We watch them fairly often and I still get butterflies. You will not regret hiring a videographer.

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  • Maria
    Super October 2019
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    We are really glad we went the video route as is our family! We've watched our 3-4 min highlight video many times and are excited to see the raw footage! We will definitely be watching it for many years to come and liked seeing what everyone is doing in the background Smiley smile I would look into more affordable options if you are going to do a photo booth.

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  • Gen
    Champion June 2019
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    Definitely videography!

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  • ALYSSA
    Devoted September 2019
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    I look at it as a video to last a lifetime, or a temporary photo station? I would choose the video, unfortunately memories do fade over time.

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  • Elizabeth
    Just Said Yes July 2020
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    When I announced that I was engaged, once of the first things some of people said was to make sure I got a videographer. Others mentioned they regretted not getting one and if they could go back, it would definitely be something they would do. I think it'd be something nice you could show your kids and grandkids later. What the style was "back in the 2020's" :p when you're old and wrinkled and details of the wedding memories start to fade. I think I will actually make it a point to pull it out every anniversary.

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  • Samantha
    Super October 2020
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    Definitely go with videography. You can have a do it yourself photo booth with props for virtually nothing.

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  • Renay
    Devoted April 2020
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    This is exactly what I was going to say! I don't see us watching the video, and personally I would rather have all the photos of friends/loved ones to cherish. I do plan on DIYing my photo booth because I just don't have it in my budget, so if you really want the video, you could go that way and set up a photo booth DIY.


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  • Jo
    Devoted November 2020
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    FH and I thought about this a lot. We have 2 photographers and the video package is 2 more people. We are getting married in a historic mansion that has a weird layout and is sort of small. We also only have 130 guests. I was just picturing 4 people running around with cameras and I just think it would look weird in my venue. And I know myself, and I think I would watch the video 1 time and then maybe for an anniversary. Maybe. So I would go with the photobooth.

    However, my sister said she really regretted not getting a video person because they had the money. Her venue was 3x the size of mine though so for her it would be different.

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  • Pattie
    Devoted June 2020
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    Videography! hands down.

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