Wedding Photographers vs Videographers
...Is a question I frequently get asked by clients.... My reply is pretty straight forward. There is no versus. Wedding Videography offers a different product and service to photography. Videography can record aspects of a wedding that photography can't and vice versa. For example, stills can't record a bridal couples' vows, or record word for word, the speeches.
In essence, Videography records a couples wedding day in a different way.. The music of the first dance, the interviews with various guests wishing the couple the very best for their future lives together, sharing fun stories about them.
As they say, a photograph is worth a thousand words. It literally captures and brings into sharp focus (no pun actually intended!), and holds forever, a split second in time -the look on the bridegroom's face when he sees his bride for the very first time; the look on a couples face when they are pronounced man and wife; the look of emotion or laughter when a bride looks to her father when he is making his speech; or the spectacular set piece photographs of a Bride & Groom that work beautifully as a photograph but not on video...
The bottom line is that Photography and Videography compliment each other rather than be alternatives...
In my many years of experience, for most couples, videography is usually something of a luxury and is only included if their budget allows for the extra cost involved.
What I would say is that if possible, videography should be included when planning a wedding simply for the same reason as booking a wedding photographer. Your wedding day is so important; so special and unrepeatable, that not to make sure you have it beautifully photographed and filmed really restricts the day to memory (which let's face it fades with time) and sadly ends up being a false economy. After all, after the food has been eaten, the champagne drunk; the flowers wilted and the band has left, photographs and video are a couples' lifelong record of their wedding day.