Currently, when I do wedding party portraits in the front of the church sanctuary, I use two Speedlites with white umbrellas. It works well enough, but I know there are better solutions. Also, I use them with CyberSyncs, so they are constantly powering off automatically, which I'm not sure how to avoid (off-camera).
I am thinking of picking up at least one AlienBee B800 and 47" octabox with speedring - http://www.paulcbuff.com/b800.php. If I wanted to incorporate that with my formal indoor lighting rig, should I swap one of the speedlites out with that? Should I lose the speedlites all together and pick up two of the B800's?
I'm assuming the B800 is going to give me much more power than a 580EX or 430EX, so I was thinking that would be sufficient (as compared to the B1600).
I am definitely budget consious, so I can't go out and spend give grand on a lighting rig, but the AlienBee products see to be an economical option that would be better than speedlites. I use the Paul C. Buff CyberSyncs for my remote triggering, and they seem to work pretty well. I have heard good things about the AlienBees.
Also, I'd be interested to hear what others think might be a good setup with two to three lights, similar to what I have mentioned above. Thank you!