So, you decided you want a wedding film.. Woo hoo! As always, a skilled (and pleasant) videographer is one of the most important ways to make your wedding film a success and capture memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
But there are some simple things you can do in the planning process which add tremendously to the experience of your wedding film! Take a look at some of the following ways to make your wedding film the envy of your friends, family, and strangers alike!
1. Get ready somewhere beautiful
The time when you’re getting ready in the morning sets the tone for your entire day, and the setting is important. Where will it be? Will it be in your basement or in a hotel room? Try to find someplace appealing, with lots of natural light, space to move around, and décor that has character. Your video will have a more exciting feel, and you’ll feel better, too!
2. Live in the light
Did I mention light a little bit ago? Light is by far the most important component of video and photography. Everything we do is capturing light! Our cameras do well in low-light, but extremely dark rooms tend to result in unfavorable exposures. Natural light is especially appealing. We may bring a light to your reception and use it at our discretion. Have no fear! It’s for your benefit! As always, having a lighting person to assist you doesn’t hurt.
3. Talk to your venue about videography
Some venues are very open to videographers, and some venues have some pretty restrictive rules that may impact where we can stand or what techniques we can use to get the shot. You may want to consider this when booking! As always we try never to be annoying to anyone with our gear or equipment, and we will respect the venue rules as well as the other vendors we’re working with. We never go up on the altar during the ceremony, but we don’t feel very creative when we’re confined to the balcony either (unless you like that “view-from-the-heavens” kind of thing). It’s always better to know what the rules are beforehand so you know what to expect!
(we hope to one day live in a world where videographers are kindly welcomed into any venue.. that world is not yet today)
4. Take time for details
This one is kind of a no-brainer, but all the little details on your wedding day really do shine through while we tell your story. When you’re planning, think about the stories you want to tell (in your ceremony, toasts and vows—we capture the audio for those), don’t chastise yourself for wanting decorations and floral arrangements that are meaningful and purposeful. We love seeing your creativity shine through!
5. Portraits, golden hour, timing, and more
One of the most beautiful things we can do with you on your wedding day is spend time with you and your photographer doing portraits. It’s important to leave time for this. While you’re going to want your family photos and so forth to show your kids, the most romantic and stunning moments happen when we have time to set up a sweet shot in a beautiful setting. The best time is usually just before sunset in the “golden hour,” when the lighting is soft and dramatic. Find a photographer who is comfortable with this and fun to work with! We also like to work with the photographer in a cooperative way during these moments, and don’t worry, we play nice!
Last tip: Enjoy.
It may sound kind of basic, but after working with hundreds of couples, we can safely say that the more time you leave yourself to accomplish the things you want to on your day, the more you’ll be able to relax and enjoy it with your friends and family. Careful planning beforehand is essential to this so you don’t find yourself caught off guard at the last minute. Delegate tasks and let other people take care of the details. It’s your day. We’re there with you to help you enjoy it, so you can remember that joy and share it with others.