Are Wedding Videos Worth It?

For many years, the videographer has been considered a standard expense in the wedding budget – on par with the caterer, the photographer and the invitations. However, more and more brides are rebelling against this tradition in favor of more cost effective alternatives to memorializing their big days. As you plan your wedding, you’ll need to decide whether or not you feel the wedding video is worth the extra expense. Consider the following points when making your decision:

First of all, you’ll want to take a look at the cost of producing a wedding video. Base packages – including one videographer taping only your ceremony – will run from $400-$900, depending on your area. When you start adding in extras, like a second videographer to create a higher quality video or coverage of your reception, the price can easily start to push the $1,200-$1,900 range. Finally, if you opt for the highest quality in wedding video production – including such things as DVD menus, guest interviews, coverage of your rehearsal and more – you can expect to spend anywhere from $3,300-$6,000. Obviously, this is no small line item on your list of budget expenditures and for many brides, this represents money that could be better spent somewhere else.

But beyond the cost of wedding video production, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself to determine whether or not having a wedding video made is worth it for you.

1. Will you ever really go back and watch your video?

Some brides have been planning their wedding since they were five, while others view the marriage process more as a necessity or a personal stepping stone than as a fairy tale night. If you’re the type who’s fantasized about your wedding day ever since you’re elementary school years, paying for a wedding video might be totally worth the expense. If, however, you feel that your wedding is more of a formality, the money you spend on a video might be better spent elsewhere – like on the down payment for a house or on paying off other debts incurred by the wedding.

2. Do you want to have a video crew running around during your ceremony and reception?

Most wedding photographers are fairly unobtrusive, since their equipment can be carried around their necks and they’re able to move quietly around your ceremony and reception with a minimum of disruption. Videographers, on the other hand, don’t blend into their surroundings as well, given the extensive equipment they need to capture a high quality video. Some brides often express resentment at hiring videographers to cover their weddings, citing frustration at having a camera crew following them around all day. Think about it – in order to capture your walk down the aisle, the videographer must be walking closely in front of you, which is what your guests will see. Even if you’re set on having a wedding video made, you’ll need to understand the impact this can have on your big day.

If you’re dead set on having a wedding video, but can’t come up with the money to pay a professional videographer, why not make your own? Enlist the help of three or four friends and family members with camcorders to videotape as much as possible of your rehearsal, wedding ceremony and reception. Once you’re back from the honeymoon, you can combine their footage into your own wedding video using your personal computer. Don’t worry – the video editing software that’s available today is cheap and extremely easy to use. With a little elbow grease, you can produce your own, more personalized wedding video while still saving yourself hundreds or thousands of dollars.

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Filed under: Videography,Wedding Planning — vicky at 9:56 am on Wednesday, October 15, 2008