Yes, you should. Or maybe you shouldn’t…
Let’s start off by saying that we recognize our bias. We are wedding videographers, so feel free to take anything written here with a grain of salt…or a whole bucket of salt depending on how much salt you like to season your blog posts with.
There are a few options when it comes to hiring a wedding videographer for your wedding. Let’s go through them.
- Skip the wedding video and hire a better photographer.
If your budget doesn’t allow for a wedding videographer, that’s totally fine. It’s probably better to have no wedding video at all than to have a really bad wedding video. I think ultimately, you will regret not having one. Photos do a great job of capturing the moments and you can spend the extra money on an amazing photographer. We would love to recommend a few to you if you need help narrowing it down.
- Hire someone off Craigslist, or maybe a college student with a camera and pay them in Golden Corral gift cards.
This is my least favorite option. I’ve found in wedding cinematography (true for life in general too) you get what you pay for. If you pay a videographer $300, you’re probably going to get a $300 wedding video. Like this one: https://vimeo.com/48568372
I can make fun of this video because it’s mine. This was the very first wedding I filmed…and it shows.
When you hire someone that doesn’t have experience, you’re running a very high risk that they will miss important parts of your wedding day. You just can’t make up for the experience of hiring someone that has dozens of weddings under their belt. You just don’t know what you’re going to get with an inexperienced videographer. Will they show up in flip-flops? Will they piss off your wedding photographer? Will they stand awkwardly too close to you during the ceremony because they don’t have a long enough lens? Will they get in the way when you’re walking down the aisle? Will they capture great audio of your ceremony? Will they actually edit the video and deliver it to you in a reasonable amount of time?
These are the risks you take when you skimp on a wedding video. This is why I mentioned earlier, that it may be better to not have a wedding video at all. It’s probably better to let your friends film with their iPhones, because the end result will probably be the same….
Real Life Example: One of my best friends let their photographer’s husband film their wedding. He wanted to get into the game, but had never filmed a wedding before. He knew how to work a camera and even had pretty good equipment. He showed up to the wedding, filmed it and everything seemed great. Unfortunately, he was overwhelmed with the editing process and didn’t know what to do. My friend and his wife tried for over a year to get the videos from him, but could never get a response. Finally, he contacted them and mailed a hard drive with the raw footage on it. They ended up giving it to us to edit and we created the best video possible for them to watch. They were so excited to have a video that they could actually show their friends and family. I know if they could do it all over again, they would, and they would’ve hired someone with experience.
- Hire a real pro to shoot your wedding.
This will result in a wedding video that you can watch over and over and over again…and maybe even show your kids and grandkids one day. You’re probably going to pay somewhere around $3000 to film your wedding day, but it’s worth it to have the peace of mind that your day will be captured beautifully. Hiring a real wedding pro means they’ll communicate clearly with you before the wedding day. They’ll be on time and look professional. They’ll be in the right place at the right time and capture all the important moments. They’ll have the proper gear and understand how to tell the story of your wedding day. And most importantly, they’ll deliver the finished product to you in a reasonable time.
We understand that it’s not cheap. The average professional wedding videographer charges around $4000. That’s a lot of dough. But you’re probably putting a lot of effort into making sure your day is perfect, so why not pay a little more to make sure it’s captured perfectly too.
We don’t expect every bride who reads this to like our style or to hire us. We write this because we truly believe it’s important to hire a professional to do the job. We would love if you would consider us for your wedding or we’d be happy to recommend some of our friends with different styles and packages. Leave a comment and let us know what you’re going to do! Good luck with the wedding planning!