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Friday, January 25, 2008

Kicking myself.

I'm officially having my first regret of wedding planning. Hopefully this is the only one.

I've never been a big fan of wedding videos. I don't think anyone really likes to watch them more than once, and I thought spending $1,000+ on having someone come to our wedding and film it was stupid. We spent a lot of money on a good photographer, and figured we'd have our moments captured in awesome, photojournalistic photographs.

Well, about a month ago, I had a change of heart.

I guess now that it's getting closer, I'm getting more emotional about it all. And I think that years down the road, there actually will be value in having it all on tape--the vows, the best man/matron of honor speeches, our crazy families, the dancing, etc. When I was on the fence about it all, I started asking around. Someone said, "Well, what about your kids and grandkids? It'd be really special for them to have a video." Someone else chimed in, "Wouldn't it be nice to have your parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, all on tape to have long after they're gone? All happy and dressed up?"

All good points. Damn you, voices of reason.

So I began the search for videographers. I want a good one. I don't want some crappy video. But I also just want the basics. I want there to be some basic editing so we don't have to sit through six hours of boring to see the highlights. And I'd also really like the "recap of the day" feature, where the videographer slices video pieces of the day together, set to music. You get to see the whole day in like 3-4 minutes. Perfect for most people who want to see your video.

And our last requirement? We'd like it to be $1,000 or under.

Oh, and... available. This person needs to be available.

And that last thing--well, that's what is causing all of the problems. 'Cause, you see... we have less than five months to the wedding. So all of the people I've found who have great websites and great video samples on those websites? Well, they're booked. Of course they're booked.

I'd like to give myself a swift kick in the ass for not realizing I wanted this sooner. We could have booked this last summer and found someone without a problem, I imagine.

But now? Noooooo.


Linda said...

I'm debating the same thing. I think I'll be ok with just the pictures. But I'll keep my eyes out for a good deal.

Polka Dot Bride said...

What about someone from a local college? Or perhaps even asking the booked ones if they have any recommendations?

Jacki said...

hey... I don't know where in NY you are located... but you can try my video company... or maybe they can recommend someone...
good luck!