Are you worried you’ll regret not having a wedding video? Or even wonder why EVERYONE keeps telling you that you will regret not having one?
Well, I wrote this blog for you!
Let a few of my past couples share their newlywed wisdom with you.
3 Reasons We NEARLY Didn’t Book A Wedding Videographer…
Here are their 3 top reasons why they nearly didn’t have a wedding videographer but how they thankfully didn’t go on to regret not having a wedding video of their own…
“If I’m honest I wasn’t even thinking of booking a videographer!”
“We totally had concerns about spending money on the videography as neither of us really wanted to actually be filmed!”
According to Bridebook 75% of couples go on to regret not having a wedding video.
You’ve possibly stumbled across my blog post because you’re wedding planning and you’re worried you may go on to regret not having a wedding video or your own.
You’re not alone.
I’d say MOST couples have worries about having a wedding videographer film their day (including myself and my husband, you can read more about that on my About Me page!).
In fact in the 10 years I’ve been a wedding videographer I can recall only a handful of couples who have said video was a priority from the moment they started planning their wedding…
“When William suggested getting a wedding videographer I wasn’t keen. I didn’t like the thought of seeing and hearing myself on a DVD.
I also thought we would never watch it so what would be the point.”
“I always said I wouldn’t have a wedding video.
This was based on my idea it would be a constant rolling image of the day picking up my most unflattering angle and us having to say awkward things to the camera, being asked to recreate scenes over and over again.”
Below are a few of the common reasons you may decide NOT to have a wedding videographer for your wedding day along with some (hopefully) helpful and honest comments from REAL couples who have been where you are now…
We already have a wedding photographer, do we really need a wedding videographer too?
For 9 out of 10 couples wedding photography is a priority. We felt strongly about having great wedding photos too!
So if you’ve booked an amazing wedding photographer that you love, is there really a need for a wedding video too if you’re not 100% on having one?
Well in my totally biased opinion as a wedding videographer, yes! But don’t take my word for it, lets here from some other couples…
“Now I’m really pleased that I fought my corner and so is Gary because we love it.
It’s easy to show people a snapshot of our wedding without boring them with hundreds of photos.
I also feel that the video adds something more because it captures the mood, ambience and atmosphere of the whole day.”
“My husband Iwan was against it as he doesn’t like to be videoed but I pushed for it. I would advise all brides to do it. You seriously don’t want any regrets, you can show them to your future children! You cannot relive the day just through photos, videos offer a different experience!”
“When I speak to others planning their wedding, I always say please please please have it filmed. Your photographs tell the story but your wedding film captures so much more. I don’t think you can really put a price on it. Our wedding film really is one of our treasured possessions.”
Will we even watch our wedding video again…? I hate seeing and hearing myself on camera
I hear you. I HATE listening to my own voice on camera and even now, after all these years of filming weddings and YouTube Videos, I cringe watching myself back on camera.
BUT, my wedding video is totally different.
On my own wedding highlights video it’s not about me.
It’s about EVERYONE else.
I can’t begin to tell you how amazing it is watching everyone having the best time celebrating with you on your wedding day and I can hand on heart say that I saw past all my weird personal issues with seeing myself on camera once I saw the whole video put together.
Despite me saying all this during their wedding planning some couples still feel super nervous about being filmed after booking me.
Thankfully my discreet, laid back documentary approach means they soon realise what I meant!
Here are a few honest words from the newlyweds…
“I’m relieved we spent money on a good videographer and photographer, it’s only after you realise that once the day is done these and memories are all that’s left.
We’ve both said that the money that went on these two was the money best spent.”
“As soon as we received our highlight video he instantly regretted his comment (about having friends film it instead) and watched it for the 50th time!
We would tell our friends to highly prioritise a videographer as it captured the best day of our lives that we and our family and friends can watch over and over again.”
“every time I watch the DVD it brings back all those excited and nervous emotions I had on the day. It is such a special memento to have and it has its own place on the shelf for everyone to see. We have watched it on many occasions and especially enjoy watching it with other wedding guests and reminiscing. I can’t wait to be able to share with Fred and any other children we may have in the future.”
We don’t really have the budget for a wedding videographer…
Ah the challenges of the wedding budget.
There’s no right and wrong when it comes to how to allocate your budget during the wedding planning. After all, we all have a budget to work to and it’s really hard to make it all work!
But it does help to be flexible!
We learnt the hard way after trusting those magazine wedding budget calculator things…
If you fall in love with someone’s work but they’re way out of budget there may be a way to make it work.
You could either go back to the drawing board and maybe jiggle that wedding budget around to make it fit?
OR you could ask them if they do any smaller wedding video packages that may suit your budget?
Or maybe they even have a way to offer a way of being flexible by splitting the costs or helping you add things on after the wedding?
There is usually a way to make it work if you feel you need to.
If you’re debating the wedding video subject much closer to your wedding then the budget question will be a serious one so why is it worth spending the money on a great wedding videographer?
I think these guys explain it a little better than I ever could…
“We love our film so much and I’m so pleased we made sure it was in our budget.
It also holds a very special place as since our wedding day my step dad has passed away and it is the only recording we have of his voice and him enjoying the day, so Hugo will be able to know what his Granda’s voice sounded like.
That means so much.”
“The husband thought it was a lot of money for someone to stand there with a video camera and asked could one of our family or friends could do it.”
“I did have concerns regarding cost but having spoken to people and researched a lot on the internet it seemed to be the one thing that was a real necessity.”
“Looking back, I can’t believe we only wanted a video for dad…. and I am so glad you were there while I was getting ready. I actually look comfortable in front of the camera!!
You know I was adamant I didn’t want to be videoed but as soon as I saw you filming Marella (my daughter) it became massively important to me to capture those moments and for Ian to see them too.”
See, you’re not alone when it comes to debating if you should have a wedding video or not!
If you’re worried you may add to that Bridebook stat and go on to regret having your day filmed is there anything I could do to help? You can easily contact me HERE.
I’m always more than happy to chat through any concerns, thoughts or debates you and your partner may be having about adding a wedding video to the list.
If like me you’re worried about being filmed on your wedding day you may LOVE this other blog I created HERE. It also has a link to sign up to get your hands on my FREE guide to helping you with your fear of being filmed!
“Following actually booking and seeing videos it was absolutely the best choice and a clear keepsake for the future.”
“I am now a true advocate of wedding videos, telling everyone I know who’s getting married to get one! It’s the best investment ever!”
“We love our film so much and I’m so pleased we made sure it was in our budget.”