Officiant vs. Photographer // What should we pick?

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: What would you allocate more money to on your wedding day?
    Photographer : (47 votes)
    87 %
    Officiant : (7 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    This is an odd decision as you need to have an officient for your wedding…

    An officiant is gonna cost money no matter what.  I’d consider cutting something other than the offient for photography since you can’t really get married without one.  And for christ’s sake don’t rely on family member’s iphons for wedding pics, yes I think you will regret that.

    Post # 4
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    3959 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @JAS:   I’m in the planning process.  For us, having a superb photographer for the entire event was of primary importance.    What sort of photography does your family photographer do?  Weddings?  Don’t plan on getting much out of the iPhone shots – at least not if you want to enlarge them much.

    Post # 5
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    6048 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Your poll only has photog as an option.

    Post # 6
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    So if you don’t have an officiant…. who marries you?  Or do you just kind of stand around and let the photog take pictures of you all? 

    Post # 7
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    1491 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I would (and did) choose photographer over officiant any day. Amazing photographs as a memento of my day would win out for me. The day was SO crazy and long, that my photographs are the only way I have to look back and help remind me of my day (and all the planning that went into it).    I’m not close to any of my priests though, so take that into consideration.   

    Post # 8
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    1433 posts
    Bumble bee

    @JAS:  Hmmm that is an interesting choice to make. I’ve always heard of photog/vs videographer but never this! On one hand I think its special having someone you know marry you but for me, after the wedding is over the photo’s will be the main memory you have. I would rather have good photos and someone else officiate my wedding. Most post wedding regrets are not having good photo’s. 

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    Could you have someone who’s already coming to the wedding marry you? We had a friend marry us, and it was incredibly special and meaningful. On the other hand, we’re not religious, so your mileage may vary. 🙂

     

    Post # 12
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @JAS:  Photographer, hands down. 

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I don’t really understand why you have to make a choice.  No matter what you need an officiant. I would definitely not skimp on a photographer! An iphone is definitely not an adequate substitute for a professional photographer. I would cut down on flowers, cocktail hour, table settings, etc. before compromising on the officiant and photographer.

    Post # 15
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    1721 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @JAS:  my FI went through a website on line to be ordained to officiate his cousins wedding and his uncle is going to do the same to officiate our wedding. It’s completely free too! I know not all states allow this but Ca does. Might be something to look into to save some costs though!

     

    Post # 16
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    28 posts
    Newbee

    A family member/guest with a camera with the addition of other family members with iphones sounds like a disaster. Hire a local officiant and a professional photagrapher. Your pictures will last a lifetime.

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