Before you say, "I cant afford this..."
Hey mate, I remember being EXACTLY where you are right now. Researching for my upcoming wedding. Trying to see how much I could afford. Trying to fit in the things I wanted into my budget. I completely understand how overwhelming it is to start seeing the prices for everything, freak out and then start determining the things you'll have to go without. Here's what I need you to do...BREATHE. Take a step back for a minute and try seeing it this way.
YOUR BIG DAY IS HERE - Nerves are finally extinguished seeing your partner at the first look. Everyone watches you walk down the aisle in that gorgeous dress. Vows are exchanged. You've cried hearing your parents and siblings say such wonderful things about you and your partner. You've danced your first dance, eaten your cake and done the Nutbush with all your friends and family.
But how are you left to remember all of that? Trust me, the day goes by SO fast!
Your flowers will die, the food and cake are gone, the venue is getting ready for their next wedding and you may never wear that dress again. Most likely, you'll only walk away with some photographs. But is that really enough? Is a photograph from your first look going to help you remember how he cried the first time he saw you? What was it your dad said in his speech again? Will you actually remember WHAT you vowed to each other?
Don't in anyway take this as me saying photography isn't important, because it absolutely is! But I feel like videography is sooo overlooked sometimes simply because "it's too expensive". But I prefer to see it as an investment, because it's the ONE THING that you can look back on to actually remember and RE-LIVE your day. Watch the nervous excitement as you get ready, feel the joy on your parents face when they saw you for the first time, watch your partner hold back tears as you come down the aisle, hear those vows again. Listen to the way your dad choked up during his speech and watch you and your bridesmaids dancing together on the dance floor having the time of your lives. These are things you just CAN'T get with photos.
I guess the question is, "How much are memories worth to you?" I know couples who have ZERO regrets hiring a videographer. But I know twice as many couples who whole-heartedly REGRET not realising what an HEIRLOOM it can be and wishing they had prioritised the budget for it. So yea...that's just my take on it.