(Closed) Officiant vs. Photographer // What should we pick?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: What would you allocate more money to on your wedding day?



  • Post # 19
    10451 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Hands down photography.

    Post # 20
    147 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Photography. A flight to hawaii for your officiant would be really expensive. It would make more sense to have the officiant if you werent doing a destination wedding. you might find another officiant that you really like for your wedding (a local) and then you can have the best of both worlds!

    Post # 21
    1769 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Ha! Getting married in HI – no wonder the officiant is like “oh yeah, I’ll totes do that – just pay for my flight and hotel!”.


    This is tough – but I think ultimately I would hire a local (inexpensive) officiant and the photographer.

    Post # 22
    9544 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We actally had two officiants – one was my childhood pastor and one was our current pastor. Both are good friends. It was incredibly special for us to be married by someone who is special to us, so I would pick offciant.

    Post # 23
    1344 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

    Photographer, but we also had a friend who officiated for free, so it was kinda not a question.

    Post # 24
    36 posts

    Oh wow! I understand your delimia. My father in law is a pastor (who married us) and that was really special but as a photographer I Cringe when I hear people say that they have a friend or they can do it on an I phone. It is not the same thing. Photography is even different depending on the subject. Just because he is amazing at landscapes doesn’t make him good at people. given the choice I would hire a local officiant (that does the conch shell and lei ceremony and all) and pay for the photographer. Are you planning on taking a photographer who is local ir was the photographer from Hawaii? 


    Post # 25
    1936 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I would really consider cutting in other places of your wedding. A special officient is really special and photographs are necessary IMO. You could consider cutting the photographs down and/or using hte photographer from the resort. We had a free photo shoot at the resort we stayed at in Mexico and hte pictures were AWESOME and they gave us such a good deal on packages of photos. You could also cut down the time of the photog – just doing profesisonal photos for wedding party shots and haveing a friend photograph the reception.

    Post # 26
    1680 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @JAS:  It looks like I’m in the minority here. There are plenty of good (even fantastic) photographers who can capture your special day without having to cost you an arm and a leg. Surely there is someone local to your Destination Wedding that can shoot your wedding.

    Your officiant has a special relationship to you. I couldn’t imagine having been married by a random stranger, it would be missing that special connection that only someone you know can provide. Also, I would be thrilled to know I gave a long time friend a one in a lifetime chance to visit someplace they otherwise might never get to go!

    Post # 27
    841 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    @JAS:  Great photographer + local officiant.

    Post # 28
    1399 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Pictures or it didn’t happen! Tongue Out

    Photographer, for sure!

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