Wedding Photography vs. Videography, The Decision You Don’t Want to Make


Let’s start off by saying we strongly advise you to hire both a professional photographer and professional videographer for your wedding.  Both are investments that not only remain long after your wedding day, but they will both increase in value to you as the years go by.  That being said, unfortunately some couples will have to make the difficult choice to hire one or the other.  Here are some things to take under consideration if you’re forced to make that decision:
1.  Imagine yourselves ten years down the road, piled on the couch with your kids, pets, parents, or just the two of you.  Which do you think you’d want to do on a Friday night, flip through your photo album or watch a movie of your wedding?

2.  Which format do you think will capture the emotions of your day better, still photos or video?  Do you think pictures or video will bring you the closest to reliving your wedding day?

3.  Let’s assume if you don’t hire a professional that your friends will help out.  Are your friends better equipped to take good pictures or good video footage?  If they have decent video camera and audio equipment and the skill to get some steady shots, you’d want to let them take your video footage and hire a professional photographer.  If they have decent camera equipment and can take some good shots, you’d want to let them take the photos and hire a professional videographer.

Obviously we love video and would go that direction ourselves, that’s why we went into videography, but hopefully these are relatively unbiased questions that you can think over before making your decision.

We really do think you should hire both though!



  1. Denise Issacs

    I get what you mean that if “a picture is worth a thousand words, a video must be worth a million”. I love pictures, but video really helps you relive the moment.

  2. Maddie Christensen

    Yep. We’re one of those poor (and broke!) couples that can’t afford both a prof. photographer and videographer. I liked the part where you said to ask yourself if you’d rather be sitting on the couch watching a video of your wedding or flipping through a picture album. I’d definitely rather watch a video. It’s so much more real and telling than pictures.

  3. Alan Harrington

    Our friends are definitely better photographers than videographers! They can’t even take a steady video when they’re sober and chances are they’re even worse if they’ve had some champagne in them!

  4. Whitney Welch

    I’m having this struggle right now myself! We have a photographer booked but are struggling to figure out what to do about video. We want a wedding video but don’t have a super large budget to make it happen. We have some friends that could do the video for us, but… we’re just not sure how comfortable we are with that (especially because our friends are drinkers!). What’s a bride to do? 🙂 Your piece on “would you rather..” on watching a video versus looking at photos really strikes home with me. We’re thinking about rethinking our decision.

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