Post # 1
Ok, although it’s close to the wedding, FMIL and FFIL are offering to either get us a videographer as a wedding gift or to buy us several settings of our china. We previously passed on videography because it came down to choosing between mediocre photography and mediocre videography or splurging on one and not doing the other–which is what we did.
The videographers they are offering are awesome (http://www.2duce2.com/) and are way beyond what I could have ever fit in our budget. However, china would also be really nice and would be something that we would have forever.
I’m really torn, what would you do?
Post # 3
The video is a really cool thing to pass down to your children later on – that’s what I would choose… Then again, I’m not big on China and my dad’s a videographer, so my judgement is tainted! 😉
Post # 4
This is hard because it’s a personal choice. Personally, I’d choose the video, because I could get the china whenever I want, but I could never go back and get a video of my wedding day.
However, not every cares about videos as much as I do, which is okay too. 🙂
Post # 5
My parents rarely use their china (and I mean RARELY – in my 23 years, I can remember using the china MAYBE 3 or 4 times…), so I would pick the videographer myself.
Post # 6
@Gemstone: Oooh never being able to go back in time is a good argument too!
Post # 7
Thanks ladies. It’s a good point about being able to get china later. We wouldn’t have money for something nice and discretionary like that for a couple of years (we’re mid-20s and just really getting settled into our careers) but we probably would be able to get it ourselves eventually.
Post # 8
I would rather have the China because I can’t see us watching the video more than a couple of times. I bring my mom’s China out every time we have company, so we use it quite a bit.
Post # 9
As someone whose (totally amateur) wedding video was stolen during a home break in, I can say that even if you might not watch it that often, it’s a nice thing to know you have! Of course we weren’t going to watch it much – but I imagine it’s something my children would have liked to see, not only to laugh at what we look like but so I can say things like “that’s your great grandmother” or “yes that’s exactly how grandpa danced”.
I agree with others – you can totally buy china later. DH and I still have the same standard white dinner plates we’ve always had, and they do the job just fine. I’d rather have my wedding video back than have nicer plates 🙂
Post # 10
videographer hands down. 🙂
we’re having one and I’m SO happy we are because – while my pictures will be awesome – i want to be able to see how the entire thing that I planned went down! ya know?
and i agree with others…i have some china my mom gave me when she bought new – i’ve NEVER used it.
Post # 11
How generous of your FILs! 🙂
I would choose videography. We didn’t even register for fine china.