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Why I Didn’t Hire a Videographer (and Would I Do It Again?)

July 23rd, 2014 by Jeannine

Why I Didn't Hire a Videographer (and Would I Do It Again?)

When I was planning my wedding, I was debating for a very long time whether I wanted to hire a videographer or not. It was definitely something we wanted but at the same time, couldn’t justify. I’ve decided to write it all out for you in hopes that it will help you make your own decision.

Why We Wanted a Videographer

The shortest answer is to preserve the memories. Sure there are photos but having video of the ceremony, the vows, the reactions, the good times, the speeches, and all the important parts will allow you to relive the day better. The wedding day goes by in a flash and sometimes it can be hard to remember and with video, you’ll be able to see it happen all over again.

Why We Said No…

The bottom line was money and it wasn’t high on our priority list. We had a pretty small budget and we couldn’t fit it in. We also figured that since we were getting quality photos anyway, it wasn’t necessary to have video as well, so we didn’t give it much priority. I even tried to see if I can get someone to shoot our wedding for us and I would edit it but that didn’t work out either. In the end, video was left out from the list.

Do I Regret It?

Yes and no. Yes because I feel like I missed out. My aunt found out that I didn’t hire a videographer and took it upon herself to tape some parts of the ceremony and reception. I appreciated the gesture but unfortunately key things were missed, and the quality was, to be expected, not on par with professional work. If I had hired someone, they wouldn’t stop recording during the key moments and it would come fully edited and packaged. The only reason I didn’t regret it was the fact that the marriage didn’t work out and I didn’t shell out an extra few grand. In fact, it ended up being a really smart decision.

Would I Do It Again?

It depends. If I were to have another fairly sized wedding, I think I would hire a proper videographer. If I were to elope, which is something I’m considering one day, I’d be leaning towards no unless I got a good deal somewhere. When I’ve made the decision to hire someone, I would invest in a skilled videographer whose shooting and editing skills I admire. I realize now that to me, video is just as important as photos and next time I will make sure I have room in the budget for it.

There’s nothing wrong with not having a videographer. You just have to figure it out as a couple if it is important for you to have one.¬†Hope my experience has enlightened you… Will you be hiring a videographer? Why or why not? Share your stories in the comments below :)

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  • July 23rd, 2014 at 10:36 am
    Michelle says:

    Interesting topic and thanks for posting your take on it. We also have a small budget and pretty sure it won’t fit in. I would rather splurge on quality photos. However in order to “try and have it all”, I was going to see if I could find a film student or someone just getting started to do it for cheap, or get a family member to do it… Of course knowing quality would suffer. It’s a hard decision to decide on anything wedding related as it’s not like you can re-do the day if it didn’t turn out quite right. (To the same person I mean haha)

  • July 23rd, 2014 at 11:42 am
    Joey MacDonald says:

    IMO: The video and photo comparison is similar to a wedding meal and wedding cake. Most are booking a cinematographer now because of the impact on the story of the couple, instead of documentation. I truly wouldn’t hire a so called “videographer” but wouldn’t even get married without a good photographer and cinematographer.

    I think the best start is to ask your photographer, planner, or venue who they think would be good for video, and go from there. If someone else says they are amazing, then they probably are.

    I do this for a living and don’t want to sound bias, but when your daughter is about to have one of the best days of her life and there’s only one day where you can hire a film maker to tell a true story of her and her loved one, it may as well be her wedding day.

  • July 23rd, 2014 at 2:10 pm
    Heather says:

    We didn’t hire a videographer or cinematographer, and while I have enjoyed watching other people’s videos, I really don’t mind that we didn’t spend the extra money. I’d rather have my memory of the day and share those with the family and friends who have their own memories. I love our photos and we spent heavily on those. For those who do hire someone to record all of the special moments, great decision! I think the key is to not regret your decision after the day is over.

  • July 24th, 2014 at 4:37 am
    Monica says:

    I’m currently trying to decide whether we should hire one or not! We have a great photographer, which was my top priority, but I think I would really really like to have everything filmed as well. The fianc√© isn’t so keen on spending the extra money (he’s paying for most of it) but its our one day and I’m afraid if I don’t get a videographer I’ll regret it. :S

  • July 24th, 2014 at 12:15 pm
    Jessica says:

    My two cents worth — we hired a videographer for an awesome deal! Needless to say our wedding budget was very low — think around 5k. The videographers were just starting up and needed us for their portfolio. We were willing to shell out a minimal amount as we were able to get photographers for free (who were also just starting up and wanted to add to their portfolio). Plus our guest list was only at 50, so most of our friends and family around the world were still able to view the wedding highlights and feature films online and through this, we were able to share our wedding to them.
    No regrets! :D

  • February 9th, 2015 at 1:09 pm
    VanWeddings Cinematography and Photography says:

    If you could watch your great grandma walk down the isle one more time, would you want that as a still photo, or as high resolution video with audio?

    Nowadays, proper done video looks just as good as photo, and is both a much more holistic record of your wedding, as well as something that gives awesome wow effect, just as much as great photography.

    As a company that offers both photo and video services, we are not really biased in either direction, just our own view on this. Look up the top videographers, watch their work, and ask yourself what you’d want to have for your children, grand children, and great grand children.

    Jen and Frank, VanWeddings

  • July 11th, 2015 at 3:48 pm
    LJ says:

    Looking back on my daughter’s wedding you made the right decision. She hired the guy from Vancouver who commented on your blog July 23, 2014 but he didn’t show up. Now we can’t reach him as his phone is out of service and besides being devasted that he didn’t show, until he returns her money she is out 1200$. He said in an email that he doesn’t have the money right now but would pay her in a few weeks. So her wedding has been tarnished and while on her honeymoon she will be thinking about whether or not he will return the funds. He says he thought her wedding was on the 11th even though the signed contract said July 4th 2015. Pretty rotten memory of her special day. :(


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