How to Get a Wedding Video You'll actually want to watch!
1. Choose A Good Videographer
Don’t trust just anyone with your wedding memories. Just like you wouldn’t rely on cell phone photos to fill your wedding album, don’t ask your family members or friends to shoot your wedding. For a wedding video that truly captures the memories you’ll want to relive over and over again, go with a professional. Not only do they have experience and expertise, but they also have equipment far better than anything a friend or family member will be able to provide. When searching for your videographer, watch at least three of their videos to ensure that you like their style. After you’ve selected the one that is perfect for your special day, book immediately. Chances are, if you like them, so do a ton of other couples. Videographers, like photographers, are often booked far in advance, especially for wedding season, so be sure not to leave this important task for last. Once you’ve booked them, trust their vision – keep in mind that they want your wedding video to look just as amazing as you do.
2. Try To Fit All The Important Moments Into Eight To Ten Hours
Decide early on which moments are the most important ones for you. For many couples, this includes things like getting ready, having make-up applied, the ceremony itself, all speeches, and the first dance. To save time, try and ensure that both the bride and the groom are getting ready in the same building. This maximizes what a videographer is able to film and ensures that more special moments before the ceremony begins are caught on film. Give your videographer as much information about the schedule for the day as possible – no detail is too small. This helps everyone ensure that they can be at the right place at the right time, especially if there are going to be gifts or surprises for either party. Another tip is to have your post-ceremony photos done close to your venues. This helps keep everything on schedule and running smoothly, and removes the risk of someone getting stuck in traffic along the way.
3. Appoint One Responsible Person From Each Wedding Party To Text Your Videographer
You and your spouse-to-be have enough to do on your special day. Help yourself, and your videographer, out by assigning this important point-person job to a responsible person in your wedding party. This can be especially helpful if there are going to be surprise visits or gifts given that you and your spouse may not know about, but definitely will want on film. Try and choose a member of your wedding party who is always on their phone to be your point-person. This can help ensure that your videographer is where you need them to be, when you need them to be there.
4. Make Sure There Is Good Lighting In All Venues
In addition to ensuring that there is adequate lighting for your ceremony and reception, think about each aspect of your wedding video and consider the lighting. For example, when you’re having your make-up done, try and position yourself in front of a large window with natural lighting. This makes for a beautiful, and dramatic, shot. Videographers can do amazing things, but helping them out by providing natural light where possible, and better light where it isn’t, can ensure that your wedding video is as stunning as you.
5. Keep Speeches From Overlapping With Food
Some couples are tempted to have their speeches at the same time as the meal is served, in order to help keep things on schedule. This may be good for timing, but it is terrible for audio. The noise of changing plates, not to mention cutlery and the murmur of people eating, can make it much harder for your videographer to record the speeches. The visual may also be ruined by servers constantly crossing in front of the line of view, and will distract viewers from the heartfelt or humorous message delivered by the speaker. In addition, your guests are more likely to pay attention to the speakers when not distracted by a meal.
6. Make Sure Your Sound Can Be Tapped Into By The Videographers
Good audio is essential for a good video. One way to ensure that there is clear, crisp sound in your video is to ask your DJ and the venue if the sound system/mixer can be tapped into. This helps obtain a clean, live feed, and greatly reduces the risk of the sound being inadvertently ruined by other distracting noise. If you happen to book your videographer before you book your DJ, ask them for recommendations. Often videographers will encounter the same DJs at multiple events, and can help you find one that suits your style.
7. Have All Speeches Done In A Designated Space
Ensure that all speeches and readings are done in the same area for both your ceremony and reception. This will help add consistency to the video, and will ensure that your videographers can capture those moments without needing to move around. In addition to providing a smooth video in the end, it will also help control the sound and reduce the amount of unnecessary noise.
8. If You Write Letters To Each Other, Read Your Own For The Audio
Many couples write letters to one another to be opened on the wedding day, in addition to writing their own vows. This is a wonderful way to tell your spouse-to-be how excited you are to swear your love for each other in front of friends and family members. If this is a route you choose to take, let your videographer know and read the one you’ve written so the audio can be recorded. This helps build your story, and leads to a beautifully emotional wedding day video. Ask your videographer how they intend to incorporate this into the video – it may convince you to write one if you’ve been on the fence!
9. Share All Vendor Information With Your Videographer
All your vendors need to work together to create a smooth day, this includes your videographer, photographer, DJ, and anyone else you’ve hired to help make your special day come together. Give your videographer a list of all your vendors early on, so that they can contact each one and work together to coordinate their services with the goal of making your wedding the best it can be.
10. Keep A Good Balance Between Your Videographers And Photographers
Certain parts of your day will be ideal for photos, others for video and others still are perfect for both mediums. Both your photographer and videographer will want anticipation shots, in brightly lit areas, but may want different angles or different perspectives. Trust your experts to let you know which is which. This will help your vendors work well together, and will ensure that your wedding album and your wedding video capture all the moments you’ll want to remember for years to come.
BONUS TIP: Choose An Officiant With A Great Speaking Voice
When it comes time to choose the officiant for your ceremony, try and pick one who has clear speech and good articulation. This helps ensure that all of their words are caught on film, and are easy to understand for years to come.