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#1 Kita1

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:04 PM


Is anyone having a videographer? I have decided that it would be a really good idea to have one, but the other half thinks it's not necesary and it will only cost money we don't need to spend! Needless to say, i got what i wanted wink.gif lol But i still feel like i need to convince him of the importance of having a videographer. He thinks strapping a camera to one of our guests is good enough, but i just don't see it capturing the moment! He loves me, no doubt, but weddings arn't his cup of tea and i know the more money i spend the less excited he becomes. But he's been a good sport so far happy.gif

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 06:10 AM

QUOTE(Kita1 @ Feb 22 2012, 09:34 PM) View Post

Is anyone having a videographer? I have decided that it would be a really good idea to have one, but the other half thinks it's not necesary and it will only cost money we don't need to spend! Needless to say, i got what i wanted wink.gif lol But i still feel like i need to convince him of the importance of having a videographer. He thinks strapping a camera to one of our guests is good enough, but i just don't see it capturing the moment! He loves me, no doubt, but weddings arn't his cup of tea and i know the more money i spend the less excited he becomes. But he's been a good sport so far happy.gif


We aren't having a videographer. I talked to quite a few friends colleagues etc and those who didn't have a videographer didn't regret that decision and those who did were sorry they spent so much on it for something that they never or maybe once watched. But if it is an important thing to you then you should do it. We have tried to isolate things that are important for us and not worry about other stuff - so to me live music at the ceremony was important but cars weren't. So we have spent the money on the musicians instead of cars. We have a fairly expensive photographer because having good photographs was definitely important to me.


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Posted 23 February 2012 - 08:15 AM

We're not having one either. I'm still tossing up asking the best man (a filmmaker) or someone else to set up a camera on a tripod just to record the ceremony, in case it's all such a blur I need it to remind me what was said, and to listen to the classical trio we have playing as I'm worried that I won't pay any attention to them on the day. But honestly I think wedding videos are generally cringe-worthy and I'd much rather look at some nice photos.
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 08:40 AM

I didn't have one and really regret it. The day goes so quickly I feel like there were so many things I missed and would love to have watched again. I really wish I could see the speeches again too as MIL did an hilarious one and three years later am struggling to remember it.


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Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:14 AM

That's one if my biggest regrets, that I didn't have a videographer.

At the time I didn't want to spend another couple of grand on it, and we had friends video with a camcorder. It's better than nothing but falls seriously short of a professional job. I have watched the DVD a number of times, not so much the whole thing but definitely the ceremony. Plus, it starts in my hotel suite so shows my bridesmaids and I getting ready etc first too and I still get teary watching all the excitement of that morning, and walking down the aisle and our vows etc etc etc. All the speeches were captured on camera too which I love and the footage at the reception of the dancing etc is hilarious laugh.gif

Almost 5 years on, I'd never miss the money now so if I could do it again I'd absolutely pay for a professional videographer.

Now I want to watch the DVD again...maybe I'll watch it later today ph34r.gif
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:14 PM

Money well spent IMO. We spent heaps on capturing our day which was worth it because it went by in the blink of an eye. We spent about $1800 on photos (which was 6 years ago now) and that was the biggest package we could get, we spent several hundred on videography and that included them making an edited version which is short and sweet to send to family and friends. We show our kids the movie now (the edited one). And whilst its not an 'every weekend' showing its something that we have forever.
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:46 PM

This wasn't something we questioned. For us it was a must.
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 04:04 PM

I'm going to be the odd one out here. We didn't get one and it isn't something I regret at all. We aren't overly sentimental and I could tell you that it would just sit on our shelf and never be viewed. Waste of money in our household laugh.gif

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 05:54 PM

QUOTE(MissNic @ Feb 23 2012, 05:04 PM) View Post

I'm going to be the odd one out here. We didn't get one and it isn't something I regret at all. We aren't overly sentimental and I could tell you that it would just sit on our shelf and never be viewed. Waste of money in our household laugh.gif

Yeah, if I was getting one I would probably watch it once, cringe, then it would gather dust. laugh.gif
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 06:02 PM

My nephews love watching their parents' wedding video. I would love to have seen one if they'd had videos around when my parents married and am looking forward to showing our little one when she's old enough.

From a personal perspective, I lost my father four months later so that footage is extremely precious to me.

It's great for future generations, not just for ours.
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 08:27 PM

We had one at our wedding, and apart from the music entertainer at our reception, it was the best money we spent. We were both pretty set on having one right from the get go, but a lot of ppl, including our parents, tried to talk us out of it. Everyone now says its the best thing ever! The day goes so fast, and there's so many bits u miss out on purely because u r so overwhelmed on the day - its so special to have that all on hand to re-live. I particularly enjoyed watching my hubby & his groomsmen get ready before the wedding (& vice versa) and I loved being able to see the emotion on all of their faces when they realised "it was time " etc. Also seeing the emotion at the church and reliving the speeches is really lovely.

To be honest, unless your wedding budget is super dooper low, and ur not having alot of extras that most weddings have, I think the extra money it costs for a video is hardly noticeable. The amount u spend on a wedding these days... Whats an extra $1500-2000? Ul probably end up spending that money on something else anyway!

We decided to save money by not forking out all the money for matching wedding cars which ppl only see as u r leaving the church, and instead just borrowed some nice cars of some close friends.

ETA - in terms of whether ul watch it again, wev watched ours about 3 times in the last 18months and I'm sure we will cherish it when we have children and want to show them. It's not every day that u have all of your loved ones around you and so capturing that is a precious thing. Professional videographers are seriously amazing and I think it's when it's an amateur friend filming the day that it becomes cringeworthy and probably something ul watch once & then try & banish it from ur memory laugh.gif
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:49 PM


Yeah, i think it's absolutely worth doing! So thankyou for all of your input.

If you asked me 2 weeks ago, i don't think it would have bothered me not to have had one. But, I went to one of my highschool friends weddings last weekend and she didn't have a videographer and she didn't mind, but i found the day to be so amazing and emotional, and the moment she walked down the aisle and i saw her face, it was priceless and i just don't think that a photo could capture everything. The gasps from people when they saw her, you could even hear people start to cry. I just think it's a really nice memory to have on film.

Not only that, our daughters are our flower girls and they're only 3 and 1 years old, so they won't remember the day, and it will be nice to show them when they're olde. And like it was mentioned in an earlier comment, we have alot of grandparents and older relatives coming, so it would be nice to have footage of us all together when they're gone. Plus, i have a terrible memory as it is, and the day goe's so fast, so i know it will be something that i will watch more than a handful of times.

I have found a really good videographer through the recommendation of our reception that charges $990 for 6 hours including bride and groom getting ready, arrival, ceremony, photo locations, some of the reception and speaches if time permits, plus 5 dvd's, a 5 minute feature of edited footage and the rest of the edited footage of the day. I think that's pretty good value for money! We don't have a very high budget, but that's just because we chose not to spend more than what we thought we could get away with, so it can be extended to include this wink.gif



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Posted 14 July 2012 - 10:25 AM

I had a videographer for my wedding and indeed it is more money to spend but reaaly in my opinion it worth it. Of course you can borrow a camera and make a video by yourself but at the end it won't be the same.
I am really happy about my video, it's a good way to remember the most beautiful day of your life and for sure later I will show this video to my kids ! haha

What is your location because if you can chance your fiance's mind I can recommend you my videographer in Sydney, check out Sydphotos and the good thing is that it's not too expensive, one again it worth it !

Good luck and have a lovely day for your wedding !




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