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Couples getting married on September 3, 2021 in Ontario

Sarah, on October 21, 2020 at 17:17 Posted in Ontario 0 4

Hello everyone, congrats on your engagements as well! I hope planning is going smoothly despite current COVID-19 restrictions and that none are still in place next year. Smiley smile

Curious if anyone is splurging on a videographer? My fiance and I are on the fence and am wondering thoughts on this. My family said that anyone can take videos nowadays on cell phones but then that could interrupt having an unplugged ceremony. Thoughts!?

Happy planning and engagement bliss.

- Sarah


Latest activity by Vanessa, on October 22, 2020 at 16:13
  • Vanessa
    Devoted December 2021 Ontario
    Vanessa ·
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    Welcome to WW!

    So I most likely have a bias opinion on videographers but for me, it was a YES, 1000%. Right after booking our wedding planner, this was the first item on my list ... even before our venue lol.

    I have been in several weddings and attended even more and every single time the couple didn't get a videographer, they always said they wished they did. It has been engraved in my mind the past several years. Capturing those moments on a phone, isn't the same and the quality won't be as good. They now do same day video edits which you can play at the reception, this is by far one of the best parts.

    Advice/Tip: I was able to book a videographer through my photographer as he works with 2 companies so he has met them before the wedding. I found this option to be great because my girlfriend hired a photographer and a videographer that hadn't worked together and it was a little bit of a disaster at the start. They still received amazing footage and photos but the communication wasn't there.

    Good luck!

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  • R
    Newbie September 2021 Ontario
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    Hey Sarah. My fiancé and I initially wanted a videographer but after talking to recently married couples, we decided to not get one. You will only watch it a handful amount of times and others will watch it once (if that). It’s probably more fun watching raw unedited videos from people’s phone, and looking at photo booth pictures.

    That being said we’re investigating on a good photographer. And have a list of things we want for the photographer to capture and how we want it captured.
    Hope this helps.
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  • Marsha
    Devoted July 2022 Ontario
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    HI Sarah welcome to wedding wire and congrats!

    Hank made some good points

    I booked a videographer because I love how they do these videos like a trailer to a movie. yes you can get people video taping on their phones etc but it will be a raw footage. For me photos and video is one of my top priorities when i did my budget.

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  • Hank
    Featured September 2021 Ontario
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    Hey Sarah, welcome to Weddingwire. Hope you and the fiance are feeling the joys of planning your wedding.

    We're hiring a videographer to capture but not edit since I can edit so I'm going to save costs that way. Not to mention, I can do it at my own pace and make various videos to send to people instead of just having one final edit.

    Your family is right in the sense that anyone can shoot a video on their cell phone but how good is it going to look? (The answer is not that good at all.) If you want your videos to look like the sample wedding videos you see on YouTube and Vimeo, a cell phone shot video will not give you that effect, even if they shoot on the latest and greatest iPhone. If budget is tight and all you want is a memory of the footage you can look at, it's an option but even then, an experienced shooter using okay equipment will still trump an amateur using the best equipment. If you can't get an experienced shooter, I highly advise getting a tripod and keeping the phone camera stationary instead of having some hold the camera the whole time, giving you shaky footage.

    That being said, depending on your wants you may also not need a videographer for the full day and that can save you costs. For most, the ceremony is the important part. Do you need professional shots of the party where people are just eating and dancing? Maybe you do, maybe you don't but if budget is a concern, that's one area to save costs. One other thing to factor in is if you want your videographer to produce a full "documentary" or cinematic trailer for your wedding, it will add time to your day. Just like how a photographer needs an hour for the bridal party to do a photo shoot, the videographer needs time to get b-roll of the couple, interview the couple and bridal party, set up shots for events before you can proceed, etc.

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