Q: I’m starting to do some research on vendors for my wedding and I’m finding that everything costs more than I expected. With this new info in mind, I need to adjust my wedding budget and to help with this, I’m thinking about cutting out the wedding videographer. Obviously, the wedding photographer is a must, but what do you think about the videographer? Is it a must have?
Oooh, you are asking a very hotly debated question. But, it’s a good question to ask and I’m glad you asked it. The answer is a difficult one and you will get different answers depending on who you ask. A wedding videographer (or filmmaker or cinematographer) will, of course, tell you that it’s a must have (hey, this is what they do!). Others will say it is definitely not a must have. I personally love wedding films for many reasons, but that is not the question you asked. You want to know if wedding videography is a must have.
Here is my take – it depends on what is important to you.
Before you cut anything out of your budget, you really need to think about what is important to you (and your fiancé) about your wedding. What do you want to happen at your wedding? What do you care about? What do you want to take away from the wedding? These answers will drive not only your budget but your time. You want to spend your time and money in the areas that matter and find creative solutions (or do away with) the areas that don’t matter.
So, a good question to ask yourself is, what is more important than a wedding film? Nothing? Everything? Rank the items and vendors in terms of importance to you. Maybe you don’t care about the food or flowers or cake, but you care about the music. If so, where does the film fall into that hierarchy?
Thinking through these questions will show you how important it is to you because really, that is all that matters. It doesn’t matter if I think it’s a must have or if your sister thinks it’s nice to have, but totally unnecessary. It really doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks, what matters is how you feel about it and whether it is a must have for you.
Just be honest with yourself and you should be able to see how important or unimportant a wedding videographer is to you. Once you have a good grasp on that, then you can make a decision to cut them from your budget or not. You may find that you end up cutting something else instead or that you were right all along to cut the wedding videographer. Just remember, don’t construct your budget based on what others think, but do base it on what is important to you.
(A wedding videographer in action at one of our destination weddings)
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