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!