Post # 1
getting ready video or video while we’re doing non-posed photos??
Ok Bees, I wasn’t going to hire a videographer until so many brides on here said that they wished that they had or that they caved and it was the best decision. Also a visit with my Grandma (who isn’t able to travel to our wedding) made me really want to video it to show her.
So we’ve hired a videographer for two hours (that’s all we can afford) our ceremony will be about half an hour, then immediately after the ceremony we’ll do formal family photos. I can either have the videographer come from 2-4 and cover getting ready as well as the ceremony and these formal family photos (as well as people mingling while we do that) OR I can get her to come for 3-5 which would cover the ceremony, family photos and maybe a tiny bit of footage of just the two of us in Crissy Field in San Francisco.
p.s. Our photographer is NOT doing getting ready photos, she’ll just meet us at city hall for our ceremony. And we aren’t having a reception, just going out for dinner with the 12 people who are coming to the ceremony. So neither the photographer or the videographer will come to that.
Post # 3
Without a doubt I say getting ready!
1. You won’t have professional photos of this part of the day
2. This is your only opportunity to see what that part of the day was like for your groom (and vice versa)
3. I think the getting ready portion makes for some of the best moments (so much anticipation!). It will remind you of how you felt leading up to that special moment.
Post # 4
@Beelow: Thanks! I never even thought about seeing him get ready!
Maybe it would also give the videographer some time for us to actually speak etc rather than just videoing us while we are also getting photographed?
Post # 5
The videographer at my wedding said he usually only shoots at the end of ‘getting ready’ because the bride ends up asking him to remove any part of the video where her make up isn’t done yet.
So if you are fine with not having any make up on in the video, then i would say go with the ‘getting ready’ in the video 🙂
For my video he came in once I already had my make up on, and then we had my mom pretend to do my make up, just for the video.
Post # 6
@Honey_Rach: That’s a good point… Although since she’d be hired from 2-4 and our ceremony starts at 3 I think we’d all basically be ready and just kind of chilling in the hotel rooms for the purpose of the video? Does that make it sound like a waste of film time???
I’m trying to imagine what my grandmas and people who weren’t there would find more interesting. On one hand getting ready is part of the experience and something that My grandmas would have probably been involved with. On the other hand, we’re not from San Francisco so it’d be cool to chow off the city, although those will be in the photos anyway.
Post # 7
This poll is neck and neck!
Post # 8
Yes it’s very tough! For my video we exchanged a gift and lovenotes before the ceremony as well, have you thought about doing that as part of the ‘getting ready’?
Here’s my video so you can see what it looks like. I love that part of the video hehe, makes me tear up every time