Choosing to film your own wedding will undoubtedly be cheaper than hiring a professional videographer, but is it worth it?
In our eyes… absolutely, yes! We see it often starts off as a cost saving exercise, but people end up realising there are many benefits to filming your own wedding video.
Why would you film your own wedding video?
Since you’re here, we figure you already want to film your own wedding video… but if you’re still on the fence, here are the main benefits:
- It’s cheaper – videographers can be a huge wedding expense and filming it yourself will definitely save money!
- It’s more personal – everyone can relax a little more if it’s someone they know on the other side of the camera
- You can film more – a videographer will only be available for a set period of time, and the longer you have them the more they will be charging. If you’re making a DIY wedding video, you can start filming in the build up and continue capturing content the morning after, or even on your honeymoon!
- It’s fun! It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for many filming it yourself can be a fun experience
Okay, so how do you do it?
There are a number of ways you could go about organising your own wedding video. Essentially, you’ll want a guest, or multiple guests, to be responsible for the filming. We certainly wouldn’t recommend the bride or groom taking on this role as you will have plenty going on on the day and you won’t want to be stressing about whether the camera is still recording.
We’ve split it into three main categories.
1. Do everything yourself with minimal expenses
If you already have some videography experience, this is one option. If you have a video camera lying about at home, then great! If not, most phones these days film excellent quality video.
Have guests take care of filming on the day, and you do all the editing afterwards. This isn’t ideal though – as it means you won’t get to experience that film premiere moment with your other half, where you both sit down to watch the finished video for the first time.
2. Hire equipment and outsource the editing
The second option, would be to hire equipment such as cameras, spare batteries, memory cards and tripods yourself (using a company like Lens Lab), so you have everything you could possibly want to capture the perfect video. Then, outsource the editing part to a professional, or a friend if you know someone that knows their way around Adobe Premiere Pro or other video editing software.
3. Use FIY Wedding
Yep, we’re bias. But using our service (FIY stands for Film It Yourself) is a great way to get the best of all worlds. It’s still cheap, but we send you all the equipment (or guests can use their phones), and edit the final video together for you.
We also always provide all the raw footage, so you can go back and watch those uncut moments if you want to!
If you’d like to learn more about what we offer, take a look at our film your own wedding service.