Videographer a Must or a Maybe?
In short—it's definitely a must.
You may think that having both wedding photos and a video are overkill, or may not want to prioritize videography in your budget, but trust us—you'll want to hire a wedding videographer. For one, the day literally flies by and there are things you'll miss that your videographer will capture beautifully, like seeing your grandmother's emotional reaction as you say your vows. Also, you have to think of the sounds that can't be captured in a photo, like your "I dos," the reception music and meaningful toasts. But don't just take our word for it—listen to feedback from these real brides from our message boards.
"The only regret I have about our wedding is not having a videographer. The day goes by so quickly—you really miss so much of it. I look back now and wish I would have spent the money for it." —Vikki2pay
"I was really worried that I might regret not having a videographer—not only to capture my fiancé and me, but mostly our family members. I know it's kind of morbid, but I know they won't be around forever and I wanted to capture their voices and mannerisms." —rmfriedman
"While we're very pleased with our photographer, I'm now starting to have second thoughts about not having a videographer. I guess there's nothing like having a video to capture the details, people's faces/expressions, our vows—things that I might miss during the day as a busy bride and that don't necessarily get captured in even the best quality photos." —caramels03
"DO IT!!!!! I promise you will not regret spending the money. You may not think you want to relive every minute, but after the day you have been meticulously planning for months flies by in what feels like seconds, you will be desperate for a way to remember it!" —rachaelj99
"I just got married in June, and we had both a photographer and a videographer. I am so, so, so thankful that we ended up going with the video. It was something we almost cut to save money, but it was so worth it! When we got the pictures back, there were many guests and moments that were missed—and thankfully were caught by the video. I hate being filmed, but I never even noticed him throughout the day." —megc2
"You can replay the most special moments in your life if you have a videographer." —susannalvovsky
"Our videography was some of the best money we ever spent. It's true that [your wedding] goes by so fast, and you do see things you didn't notice when you see the video. Absolutely zero regrets. Our reasoning was that if we're going to spend so much money on one day, don't you want to be able to relive it through video? Plus, we can show it to our kids." —ExpatPumpkin
"I regret not having one. I thought that I'd never watch it and I'd have my pictures, but there's a lot of your wedding that, as the bride, you don't get to see. For example, I wish I could see what was going on inside my ceremony tent before I got there. I wish I could see my bridesmaids walk in. The whole thing went by so fast—I'd kill to have more memories of it." —starrbuk13
"I'm definitely planning on hiring a videographer. I want to be able to see fiancé's and my expressions when we say our vows. I want to be able to hear how we say them—and I just want to see everyone have a ball at our reception. And come 40 years from now when DVDs and Blu-Rays are old-school, I still want to be able to watch us on our big day." —jenandcris
"I did not think I would be so excited to watch our wedding video, but the day went by so quickly! I want to see our ceremony and cocktail hour, which I missed. Though I may only watch it a few times, I think it was worth the money." —foozzle
"I think that the video will capture things that the photos won't. I know it gets really expensive, but if you just want a documentary-style video (no love stories and all the extras), it will be much cheaper." —christikao
"We barely even considered hiring a videographer and were confident in the decision not to have one. But after the wedding, I really wish we'd had one. We really underestimated how much we would want to relive the day and see things we missed. Our photos are wonderful but video still captures something photos don't." —rel830
"I was anti-video, but I bit the bullet and got one anyway. We don't watch it very often, but I love having it there for me to watch. We had both the ceremony and reception filmed, and I love being able to see everything that I missed the night of my wedding." —emimayor
"I had my wedding last month and I regret not getting a videographer. I thought pictures would be enough and most people don't watch their videos anyway, but your wedding goes by so fast and you miss a lot of things. Plus, I feel like I was in a blissful daze for a lot of it and would love to have the important things captured in video. Pictures just don't capture everything." —JDechen