To have a videographer or not, that’s been the big question for a while now. In my last wedding diaries update I said that I wanted one, but my fiancé Darryl didn’t. A lot of research and countless YouTube wedding videos later, we both agreed that getting was the right decision for us.
So, having just booked our videographer (which I’ll go into a bit more later on), I wanted to share a balanced view on the pros and cons and a guide to finding your videographer, to help any fellow engaged couples make the big decision!
Why you might want a wedding videographer
There are many pros to a videographer, and not just that you have a beautiful video that encapsulates your wedding day from start to finish.
Firstly, you have a record of all the best bits from your wedding, so you will never forget. As the years go on, you might not remember who said what in the speeches, or how your partner reacted to you making your grand entrance at the end of the aisle. Personally, those are the parts that I want to remember forever.
If you choose to start a family one day, then you can show your children. They probably won’t care or understand for a while, but one day I bet they’ll be so excited to see how their parents celebrated their wedding. Though from what I’ve heard – a lot of kids can’t understand why they didn’t feature in the video!
Forget you and your bride or groom, how lovely is it to have video footage of your loved ones? Especially your grandparents, or perhaps people who you don’t get to see too often. The idea of having my nan and grandma in a video is amazing.
One last pro is something that hadn’t even crossed my mind until I heard it on the Rock My Wedding podcast.
They said that in your video, you will see snippets of the day that you weren’t there for. You’ll see people arriving when you were busy getting ready, you’ll see your partner waiting at the aisle before your arrival, and you’ll see what your guests were up to whilst you were off having your photos. I love the thought of this.
Why you might not want a wedding videographer
But it’s not a balanced argument without cons, and there is one major one in the form of the cost.
You can absolutely get a cheaper videographer, but you have to be absolutely sure of a few things if you book them – which in fact goes for any videographer:
- You’re 100% happy with the quality of their work.
- You are sure they have the appropriate insurance.
- You have read five-star recommendations and reviews.
- You have seen several examples of their work.
- You know about any hidden costs, such as travel fees.
I have personally looked at about 30 videographers over the last six months, and it does become exhausting. I have found ones I would book in a heartbeat, but they cost upwards of £2000. Some even £4000! If your budget allows this – then go for it – but ours does not.
Like a photographer, they are also fairly intrusive. Not in a bad way – but they will be there every moment of the day. From you getting into your dress, to the big “I do” smooch (eek), to that long awaited first dance – they’re there through it all. I don’t mind having someone to capture it, but others might.
Lastly, will you watch it again? I know for a fact I will – many times! – but if you don’t think you will then there’s possibly no point in forking out for something so expensive. You might be better off spending your money on another aspect of the day that’s more important to you both.
Booking our wedding videographer
It was quite the process, but we have finally committed to our wedding videographer.
To be honest I let time get away from me slightly, and with all the cancelled 2020 weddings being pushed back to next year, I found that suppliers were suddenly booking up fast.
So the wedmin intensified at the end of June.
Our videography budget started at £1000 – which in itself seems insane – but it did end up being slightly more. We decided to compromise on this as we found someone who created the most perfect videos in the exact style we love. The more videos I watched, the more I realised that sometimes it’s worth paying that bit extra to have exactly what you want.
Before booking, we ran through the checklist that I shared with you earlier to make sure we were completely happy. Our videographers aren’t the most known or active on social media in comparison to others we looked at, but certain factors about them made it a no brainer.
I’ll share all the info on them post-wedding in a supplier round-up post, as I’m sure I’ll be the first to recommend them to future brides and grooms. In the meantime – drop me a message if you’re on the hunt and would like more details!
I really hope this post helps anyone who is currently planning their wedding and can’t decide whether to invest in a videographer!
Let me know if you’re also a bride-to-be in the comments below!