Wedding Video Question

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Christine99 Posts : 1 Registered: 5/3/11
Wedding Video Question
Posted: May 3, 2011 10:48 AM

I have the age old question...to spend the money on a videographer or not. The quotes are pretty high so far and we are thinking about having family and friends shoot some video of the ceremony. I was thinking about a compromise and having the video professionally edited as there are a few sites online that do it:

http://www.homemoviemagic.com
http://www.editmyweddingvideo.com/
http://www.familyflix.com/

Any thoughts or regrets about not having a video done?

Edited by: Christine99 on May 3, 2011 10:48 AM

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Aunt Posts : 794 Registered: 12/31/10
Re: Wedding Video Question
Posted: May 3, 2011 12:58 PM Go to message in response to: Christine99

Dear Christine,

I got married before videos were common (1976), so I just have a photo album.

I'm totally OK with that.

As our children were growing, we took videos of them but to tell you the truth we almost never watch them. We are more interested in what they are doing tomorrow than what they did 10 years ago.

Some people love having their wedding video. As a tie-breaker, ask yourself and FH how often you watch your own childhood videos? Often? Never?

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Shadowcat Posts : 16 Registered: 2/17/11
Re: Wedding Video Question
Posted: May 3, 2011 9:12 PM Go to message in response to: Aunt

My brother (who is a good amateur videographer in his own right--he took video at my aunt's wedding that came out great) hired a professional videographer for his, and they watch it on their anniversary, like a tradition. (They made digital copies for family who wanted them--I've watched it as research for planning mine!) So it was worth it for them, but they knew they were going to watch it at least once each year.

We're planning to hire someone to do ours, because I like the idea of having it to show kids and grandkids someday, or elderly family who might not be able to make it--it doesn't need to be long, and just a digital copy would be fine, but I want to have something that captures the audio (vows, toasts, song of the first dance, etc) rather than just pictures--and professionals, rather than random family, will have the right equipment and know how to compensate for background noise or lighting issues. So we decided it'll be worth it, but in the end it's up to you.

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GunningMedia Posts : 1 Registered: 11/12/10
Re: Wedding Video Question
Posted: May 4, 2011 2:33 PM Go to message in response to: Christine99

I was the best man in my friends wedding and he paid $4000 for his video. I was impressed he shelled out the money to do it and we were all excited to see it. When he got the final video he was too embarrassed to show it, I laughed and insisted to see it. It was terribly cheesy and did not do their day any justice. So, being a young film maker I thought it would be a cool idea to really get intimate with a film style wedding video and offer a inexpensive approach... Have a look. gunning media.com

Best,
Kelly
http://www.gunningmedia.com/

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chris42005 Posts : 89 Registered: 4/6/10
Re: Wedding Video Question
Posted: May 5, 2011 2:52 AM Go to message in response to: Christine99

You got good point of view here.

My advice to you is to figure out if you are going to honestly watch it. If you are not than don't worry about it, or have frineds do it for you.

We have a video and don't watch it. In fact I am not even sure we actually have it, my mil may have it ;)

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blushingbride0889 Posts : 7 Registered: 10/16/08
Re: Wedding Video Question
Posted: Jun 11, 2011 8:40 PM Go to message in response to: Christine99

In my opinion, a picture is worth a thousand words, but a picture will never repeat the vows you took or the special things that were said between you and your parents, wedding party, future husband, etc. The choice is up to you, but I personally want to be able to listen to the vows I take for the rest of my life if I so choose. Therefore, I am definiately getting an expirienced videographer.

My parents had my mom's uncle video their wedding reception and it was terrible. The video barely focused on my parents and you could tell it was of homemade quality. My cousin, however, did have a professional videographer and their wedding video is awesome! She had him video the wedding party getting ready, the ceremony, and the reception. The videographer included songs that were sung/played at the ceremony into the video and even recorded friends and loved ones' personal messages to the couple from the reception at the end.

The best thing to do to answer your question, is to do your homework and research videographers in your area. Find out if they have websites and view samples of their work online; if they don't have websites, give them a call and see if you can set up a meeting to view their work at their studio.

Hope this helps...Good luck with your wedding!! :)

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MrsWilliamsToBe Posts : 11 Registered: 3/5/11
Re: Wedding Video Question
Posted: Jun 12, 2011 12:00 PM Go to message in response to: Christine99

When my cousin got married they were on a really tight budget and a videographer was something thing they really wanted. Well all the ones they found that were decent work were not so decent priced!! Well they found one that would give them really time copy. This is the unedited version of your wedding. It's not as highly priced cause they aren't doing all the fancy editing. They recorded the whole wedding ceremony and then my cousin schedule to the main "events" ie cake cutting, first dance etc closer to the begining of their reception and got that part recorded as well. They then got family and friends to record here and there of they reception just as is. A year or so later they took their real time video and the videos they got from friends and family had it edited all into one video for the fraction of the cost!!

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