Post # 1
Since we have quite a gap between the wedding and reception, we will probably only get one part of it professionally recorded.
Would you choose the reception or the ceremony? I am leaning toward the reception and getting someone to set a camera up on a tripod at the church. I figure someone will be more likely to want to record the church part, than miss out on the reception.
What are your thoughts?
Post # 3
I would choose the ceremony. FI and I both were all about the ceremony from the getgo, especially our vows. We’re all about the solemnity and significance of our vows and having witnesses participating in our wedding ceremony.
I think you should talk to your FI and prioritize what is the most important aspect to you both as a couple, then choose that.
ETA: Also, think about if you were to pull out the DVD 20 years from now to show your kids, do you want them to see a ceremony (which could be potentially boring) or watch everyone dance and party for hours (which, admittedly could be hilarious… but also potentially boring). Just a thought… it’s totally a personal preference whatever you choose! 🙂
Post # 4
I would choose the ceremony. I know that throughout our lives, we will dance, party, and celebrate with friends and family many times (for different occasions). Our wedding ceremony, though, will only happen once. Never again will I walk down the aisle, will we say our vows, etc. I don’t think we can afford a videographer, but if we could, this is what I would choose. I would love to be able to replay those moments.
Post # 5
Ceremony. That is something that can never ever be duplicated again. Good luck!
Post # 6
I’d have the ceremony recorded, personally. You only get one wedding ceremony. I’d rather my kids see my ceremony than the reception. For me, that’s the important part of the wedding.
Post # 7
That’s so tough, because obviously the ceremony is THE focus of the day, but if I could only choose one, I’d go with reception.
I’d insist on getting fantastic footage of our first dance as a married couple, our entrance and I’d ask for the videographer to go around and have some of our friends and family wish us well as a couple and share what they hope the future holds for us.
To me, that would be so special to look back on someday when we’re old and cranky!
Post # 8
Definitely the ceremony. There are a few things I would want taped at the reception (speeches, a couple of dances etc) but I would love to see the ceremony again.
Post # 9
I’m torn on this one. While I would have loved to have had our ceremony recorded, I think I’m more upset that we didn’t record the amazing speeches people gave at our reception 🙁
Post # 10
I would definitely choose the ceremony!
Post # 11
i would choose the ceremony for sure! i am not having a videographer, but i am thinking of asking one of my guests to videotape the ceremony. i figure a crappy camera video is better than none at all. maybe at the reception i will try to arrange getting a few things on tape as well.
Post # 12
Ceremony- I know I have friends that will record the important parts of the reception but those same friends are in the ceremony so I know they won’t get that part.
Post # 13
Definitely the ceremony!!! You will want to make certain that your vows and facial expressions are captured by a quality recorder.
Post # 14
@kelmac: I agree with you on this one. We chose not to have a videographer. I would have loved to have those speeches on tape. However, I’ve seen some friends video compliations from their weddings, they seem uptight and uncomfortable, then I’m happy that we didn’t have it.
Post # 14
I’d choose the Ceremony. People want to remember that moment more than a bunch of drunk people at the reception lol
Post # 15
Another question- If I had them do the reception, with friends and family wishing us well, the speeches, etc… Would it be a fair compromise for me to get a friend or family member record the ceremony with a camera on a tripod. Probably not, eh?