A recent study by the Wedding and Event Videographers Association revealed that 98 percent of newlyweds would recommend getting a wedding video, yet only 29 percent said they'd used professional videography services on their wedding day. So clearly, it's important to make room in your budget to hire a videographer. And with all the cutting-edge pros out there elevating wedding cinematography to an art form, we think it's totally worth the money (which is about $2,000 to $8,000 for most professional videography packages).
But let's say you've crunched the numbers and just don't think you'll be able to hire your favorite local videographer. How can you still get a beautiful, professionally edited wedding video? The answer: Weddeos. The concept is centered around the idea that the post-production phase is where much of the magic happens. The Weddeos team sends you five mini HD cameras and a step-by-step guide to capturing a wedding—you then distribute the cameras to four trusted friends or family members (one camera is for the pre-ceremony action, one for the ceremony, one for wedding details, one for the reception, and the last for you to bring on the honeymoon). When you're done, ship the cameras back (prepaid labels are included), and their team of award-winning editors edits the footage into an emotionally compelling highlight reel and wedding video, which you receive on DVD. (See the example above.) You also get a personalized URL so you can share the final product with family and friends. To get more details about how Weddeos work and what's included in the packages (which range from $795 to $1,795) visit weddeos.com.
Bonus: Weddeos is hosting an awesome contest for our readers. To enter, sign up for the Weddeos newsletter on their site (write "brides.com" in the "How did you hear about Weddeos?" box) between now and December 31, and one lucky couple will be chosen at random to receive a free Princess Package (worth $1,795). The winner will be announced on the Weddeos blog January 5. —Lauren Matthews, editor