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Anyone else getting a videographer?

I know pictures are important to everyone but for me, the videographer is even more important because he/she will capture those forgotten moments and take shots of what the guests are doing. My cousin had a videographer at her wedding and when I saw the video later, it was great! I especially liked the part that all the guests gave comments to the new couple. Any opinions on this? Or for those who are already married do you wish you had someone video your wedding and reception?

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    edited December 2011
    We are definitely getting a videographer. I already booked and paid a dep. to my videographer. I think a video is very importatnt because it gives the couple the opportunity to hear how they sound when they said their vows and to here all of the solos, etc.. I think this is a good investment in my opinion...
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    edited December 2011
    No. We are going photog only. Most couples I know have warned us about this expense.  They say they watched it like one or two times since they got married then it collects dust somewhere in their house.
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    edited December 2011
    I'm still undecided about it.
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    missevansmissevans member
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    edited December 2011
    We're photos only eventhough I desperately wanted a videographer.  FI didn't think it was worth the money.  Hmph, we will have someone taking "rough" video though.
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    edited December 2011
    I am getting a Videographer. At first I didn't think that it would be important, but then I realize that the day goes by so fast and I want to capture everything that we can for memories.
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    edited December 2011
    Well, we haven't booked the guy yet.  But I am totally obsessed with this, and FI thinks we could do without.  To him, it's just more money coming out of our pockets...to me it's deeper, especially since I have experienced a great deal of loss in the last few years.  So, I'm obsessed for emotional reasons and am not thinking 100% logically about it.  I can admit to that.  So in short, we have not booked one yet, but are planning to if funds allow.  We both agree we would watch it, and I would also use it to show my children what the day was like and relatives they may not have gotten the chance to meet.
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    PressMePressMe member
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    edited December 2011
    FI and I decided it was an extra expense we didn't want. I don't believe we would watch it more than once or twice. I'm a picture person and I'm trying to incorporate pics where ever I can. If it's really in your heart, go for it!
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    edited December 2011
    We are. I really want to see and hear the emotions going on througout the day.
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    edited December 2011
    We have 2 videographers.  While I believe the photos of the day are extremely important there is nothing like seeing it in real time on video.
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    NELCORPNELCORP member
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    edited December 2011
    We have a videographer. This was actually my first vendor booked. It was way important to me. On that day your focus will be channeled visioned on you and DH and not much of the other parts of your wedding. I wanted to be able see my wedding in the view point of my guests. I also wanted to be able to hear their words of encouragement, b/c hearing is always better then reading a little sentence in your guest book. Now, I  will only probably watch it once or twice and then pull it out when the baby is old enough so I can say "See you were there inside me at this time." and then yes, it will probably go into a media library and start collecting dust but to be honest so will my photo album b/c how often do you really sit down and look through your photo albums.
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    missjones2009missjones2009 member
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    edited December 2011
    We had the ceremony taped for $200 by a freelance videographer, well worth it. I've watched it several times. Like a p/p states theres nothing like seeing things in real time. The photos didn't capture how my DH used his thumbs to rub my the top of my hands the whole ceremony lol---it was something i didn't even notice at the time-- he claims he was doing it in case i was nervous--but i think it was he who ws nervous.I can hear my brothers laugh during the funny parts of the ceremony (the pastor had jokes lol), and can hear my mother cheering on my 3&4 yr old cousins who went down the aisle all by them selves..."goooood job"I have my 80+year old great aunt and uncles marriage advice to us on tape for ever....If we didn't have the video I would not be able to recall even 5% of what was said during the ceremony. Now I can play it back any time.I say do it even if it's just sitting and recording on a stand somewhere in the room, or have a friend record--it doesn't have to be perfect. You don't have to go all out and spend crazy money to have video.
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    winter443winter443 member
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    edited December 2011
    I haven't started looking for one yet but I do want to get a videographer. missjones' post has further convinced me that it's a great idea
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    edited December 2011
    We are having a videographer for sure. We went to the local college that has film studies and hired a student who specializes in documentaries. His videos can be in color and/or black/white. This is one of my FI best aspects of the wedding.
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    edited December 2011
    See missjones, that is exactly what I am talking about.  THOSE are the moments I want to capture and remember.  Can you talk to my FI for me?  Lol.  No, I think he understands but just doesn't want to come up out of pocket for it; but in the end, he'll do what will make me happy and later be glad he did because he would like to see those moments too.
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    edited December 2011
    FI really wants a videographer. I think it's an unnecessary expense. We compromised with having the only ceremony taped. Our photog has a journalistic style, so I'm confident that she'll be able to tell stories with her shots. A montage video will be created and it will basically open with photos of the day (ceremony is at sunset), lead into the cereomy video, and finish with photos of the reception.
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    edited December 2011
    We will have a videographer. 
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    edited December 2011
    We have booked a freelance videographer, and I believe it will be well worth it. I would like to see everything in real time along sith the photos. He is only charging us $150.00.
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    tippytoe1981tippytoe1981 member
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    edited December 2011
    we really didn't have that much money leftover in the budget to pay for a professional one that i would've trusted, so i was really blessed with having my brother being our videographer as our wedding gift. since he worked at a tv station, he had access to some professional equipment.  it was his first wedding, but i had total faith in him.  honestly, i am SOOOOO happy that we had a videographer.  our professional photos from the photographer were up on the website about 12 days after our wedding, but we still haven't received the FIRST printout or coffee table book from our photographer. and that's not unheard of compared to what others have told me.my brother was done in about 6 weeks after the event and we saw our entire vows, i saw entire ceremony, i listened to the toasts from the MOH and BM again, i heard some of the music that the band played, heard some of the guests commentts about the wedding, he video taped me and my husband's comments throughout the day, and the best thing is catching the comments and other little things that i didn't even get to pay enough attention to that day.  it was the video that made me shed tears and relive my wedding.  and the funny thing is that since the groom cried, it just makes me see that day again, how much emotion we felt, how we cried and laughed, and it truly was a great video. it sounds so corny, but i get soo mushy after i see it, bc it shows clips about how happy we were that day. and sounds to go along with the images of the day just makes it so much better.  if you can afford it, DO IT! HTH
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    braxtongirlbraxtongirl member
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    edited December 2011
    Fo sho! I haven't read the other prior posts but I am surely having one because I know the day will be a blur so I will need to watch it later. SOmetimes pictures aren't always there to capture the funny moments. PLus how am I am going to get paid from "Amercia's funniest home videos" with a picture in case something funny happens.
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    edited December 2011
    I really want a videographer; I'm trying to find an afordable one.
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    edited December 2011
    At first FI did not think it was worth the money because it may be watched once or twice and then it will be lost among the other DVD's somewhere but I think that it is important. That day will go by fast and I know it will so much I will not remember in all the excitement, so I wanted to get one. Pics are good but it is not enough. FI finally gave in and I found a freelance videographer for $300. I think it is worth having.
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    withmikewithmike member
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    edited December 2011
    I didnt have a videographer but a great photographer.  I dont regret not having one either.  If I did it again I still would not have a videographer, JMO.
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    pretteonepretteone member
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    edited December 2011
    I really want a videographer, if I can find one to fit my budget!  Missjones who was the videographer you used?
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