35% of brides say that not hiring a Wedding Videographer is their #1 regret from their wedding day, and 25% of couples that DID hire one wish they had spent more money on one.
So, after finding this out, I wanted to set out and attempt to elaborate on why 1/3 of brides regret not hiring a videographer, and why those that did wish they had invested more in it.
“I wish I’d hired a videographer.” - Two big reasons couples don’t get a videographer?
Budget and “we already got a photographer.”
There’s only so much budget, and it has to be stretched or allocated. You can get this DJ and these flowers or this band and get WAY less flowers. Then there is photography. The reasoning sometimes goes that if you are getting a wedding photographer, do you really need a wedding videographer?
My answer to this is that BOTH a wedding videographer and wedding photographer are key in documenting the day.
Wedding videography captures your love story in such a different way. Visually it is different, but it also incorporates audio and emotion in a way that really shouldn’t be compared to a wedding photographer’s craft. I love photography, and I do think that a lot of photographers are storytellers by their own right. To compare the two though is such a misstep. They are different things, and will mean different things to you when you get them.
“I wish we had spent more on video.”
A lot of couples wished that they had spent more on photography as well. I have always believed that you get what you pay for.
There isn’t a magic number here. Some people charge more than others. Just keep in mind that if you are shopping for a wedding videographer with a low budget, all of the quality work is going to be out of reach.
So, the wedding videographer writes a post about how you should hire a wedding videographer. Not surprising – I get it. The great news is that more and more couples ARE getting videographer's, and I do think we are headed for a time that it will be rare that a couple doesn’t want one.
Documenting your day is, in my opinion, one of the most important investments that you can make in your wedding day. Don’t find yourself 10 years or 20 years into marriage wishing that you had spent more on things you can show to your kids, instead of flowers that you don’t have anymore. Photographers and videographers create family heirlooms – they document your love story.
Does that mean you need to scrape more together, start shopping sooner, get your photographer and videographer first, or re-allocate expenses that you have already made?
In my opinion, whatever you have to do to make it happen will be worth it.