Post # 1
So, for me having a videographer is a huge thing. I could honestly do without a photographer as long as I had an amazing videographer. And I found one finally who is reasonably priced with what I consider to be great work. Anyway, I’ve been emailing him back and forth for a bit and have come to a bit of a condrum. Initially I was interested in his package 2 on his site which is here: http://www.divinetreasuresvideo.com/Divine_Treasures/Packages.html
That comes with video of just the ceremony and reception. Which sounds good and all, except that it doesn’t come with a videographer for getting ready. Or, as I found out today, anything of the couple taking photos between the reception and the ceremony. And that is something I REALLY want in our video. So now I’m wondering, is just that 2 or so hours of extra videography worth it? I really could care less about seeing myself get dolled up before the wedding, although it’s not something I’m adamantly against either. And if we were to get the videographer before to film all those shots, I know I wouldn’t need or want a photographer for that beforehand either. And we’ll have two videographers, so why not make the most of the situation is my thinking, haha. I don’t know though bees, what would you do in this situation? Would you take the premier package or stick with the package 2?
Post # 3
I’m in the same predicament. I want photos of the whole day but can’t afford it. I found a local photographer here in GA who will do four hours for 400.00 and also has a video package available. 400.00 is a lot of money no matter which way you swing it. Maybe it’s not a lot for a photographer, because photographers charge a lot, and maybe it’s not a lot for a car, but it’s still a lot of money when you’re needing other things for the wedding as well. So I’m debating should I spend the extra money on a videographer and I honestly think that we’re going to want the video of everything. Yes you’re going to want the video of you putting your mascara and lipgloss on. You’re going to want the videographer to catch your family and friends putting your veil on and you’re going to want them to get your husband straightening his tie and tieing his shoes before his walk down the aisle. Try to find a way to get a mixture of photography and video because look at how technology is changing. We can’t forsee what type of technology we’ll have in 30, 40, or 50 years.
Remember when all we had was records? Then we got cassette tapes?… then cd’s then mp3 players, then the ipod and now all of this new technology is just booming and I can’t forsee what will be next but I can say that there may come a day where they may not even sell dvd players anymore just like they don’t sell VHS players anymore. You’ll love and cherish your video but don’t overlook photography because a picture says a thousand words and it lasts forever.
Maybe you can do the photography package and have the photographers arrive like 30-45 minutes before the ceremony, that way they’ll get only the necessary shots. No you don’t need the photographer to capture you with no makeup on and you don’t need the photographer to capture you with half your head curled and half not as you are trying to get ready. But I do think it would be nice for them to arrive a little bit before the ceremony just to get a few shots pre-ceremony of you maybe applying the last touches like lipstick and zipping up your dress etc. Then they can stay for the ceremony, they’ll catch you walking down the aisle and the first kiss as husband and wife etc etc. They can stay until you cut the cake and toss the garter and then they can leave.
I don’t know exactly how they work but I think 4 hours is plenty for your photographer to capture all the special important moments on your day and yes find a way to add the videography so you can watch it back on a rainy day.
Thats just my two cents. 🙂
Post # 4
I say package 2 as long as you’re going to have a photographer there to get the special pre ceremony shots.
Post # 5
Well I figure we can fit the photographer in for all the main events with 6 hours. She says the formals shouldn’t take more than 1 hour and 15 minutes. But I think I’m gonna give us a 2 hour buffer just in case. And that will still be more than enough time to get a few pictures of us getting ready before the ceremony.