Two bridesmaids laughing while holding bouquets at Galgorm

Right now thats out of the way, let me explain further on my subject title.

Videographers and Photographers are big budget expenses for truly great professionals who have shot more weddings than you’ve had hot meals, you’re not just paying for your wedding day, you’re paying for peace of mind that nothing will faze them, kinda like how you would pick a heart surgeon who’s been cutting people open for 20+ years over the newbie surgeon who’s only done a few.

However that said, it doesn’t mean you have the money to afford them. I mean I know that an Aston Martin Vanquish V12 is incredible and very much worth it’s price tag, doesn’t mean I can afford it though!

So what options do you have at your disposal? Well these are options we’ve suggested when they’ve not been able to afford me for video, we’ll include ball park costs as well as some pros and cons.

1. Ask friends or family with decent cameras to capture moments

This is a great idea as it can sometimes take one text or phone call and bobs your uncle, you have someone who may not charge anymore than a wedding meal!

Be wary of this option, set very tight expectations with them. They may have filmed lots of different things, though Weddings are a completely different beast. So they will need your guidance on things to expect, things to film, things not to film, how to stay discreet during intimate moments etc.

A bride and groom standing in front of of the Harland and Wolff crane in Belfast

2. Set up multiple Phones in strategic locations to cover different angles of the ceremony and speeches

This is a good idea if you only want these two parts covered, some of the newer Samsung and iPhones have incredible video quality and if people are happy to lend theres during the ceremony and speeches then not only is that free but you also get an “unplugged” day where you aren’t looking at your guests with phones covering their faces, win-win!

Remember that although the quality is incredible, it will never match for professional gear can achieve. It will likely look more grainy especially when it’s a little darker, not to mention the audio. These can all be improved with some editing after the wedding itself so all is not lost!

A beautiful bride laughing in the trees at Tullyglass Hotel

3. Encourage guests to share their footage by creating a collaborative video

We’ve seen guests do similar things, usually with disposable cameras back in the day. It wasn’t in replacement of us as photographers but a fun option. Can you guess what most people took pictures of?

A group of bridesmaids in colourful dresses walking in a field at Markree Castle

4. Explore renting affordable video equipment

With this, make sure you do your research on the Camera, Lenses and Accessories you may need for your wedding day!

A wedding couple smiling at the sun outside a Church in Syrencot

5. GoPro cameras for wide-angle perspectives and smooth shots

GoPros are pretty versatile and can literally be suction cupped to a window, they also have very good in built stabilisation so much less camera shake! Just like phones though, the quality isn’t great in low light and if you’re wanting more than a couple the costs start adding up.

A silhouette of a bride and groom in front of a vibrant background.

6. Edit the footage later using beginner video editing software for a better final video

So you have the footage, now comes the editing. Your friend or family member may be able to help, you can look online for video editors or you can teach yourself. All could be cheaper and save a few monies. Just remember that the editing will never be able to “fix” poor video footage so have your video people well prepped!

A bride and groom joyfully running on a grassy hill in Brighton

1. Friends or family with camerasLow to no costPersonal touch, no added expensesVaried quality, may miss key moments
2. Multiple smartphonesLow to moderate costCovers different angles, accessibleQuality may vary, potential distractions
3. Renting video equipment£300 – £2500 (depending on what you needHigher quality footage, equipment choiceLimited time, potential learning curve issues
4. GoPro cameras£300 – £800Wide-angle shots, versatileLimited zoom, may struggle in low light, not great audio
5. Encourage guest footageLow to no costDiverse perspectives, memorable momentsQuality may vary, not professional
6. Edit footage with software£50-100Better than in camera raw footage, Creative controlTime-consuming, learning curve, cost of software
(Please know that these are of course just rough estimates, and actual costs will really depend on a few different factors!)

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