It’s your wedding day! Your dreams of the perfect day have come to fruition. Now the only task at hand is capturing these very special moments on your wedding video. Wedding videos, like wedding photos last for lifetimes so it is important to always know what you want and what you are getting.
Apart from actually hiring your wedding videography and photography team there are some steps that you as the bride or groom can take to ensure that everything you want captured, will be. We have compiled a small list that details what videographers will need to fully capture your love story. We have narrowed down our list to 7 essential wedding videography tips.
1. Find YOUR Style of Video
It’s always good to watch different wedding videos with different styles of videography to get inspiration for your own wedding film. There are many different styles to choose from. Do you want your wedding video to look more like a music video, or a short film with an element of storytelling? Ultimately it is up to you and your fiancé to decide what you want your video to look like. Always discuss this with your wedding videography team beforehand so they know how to shoot your special day.
2. Allow Time For Your Video & Photo Team In Your Wedding Timeline
Having a sufficient amount of time in your wedding day for couple portraits is key to creating a wonderful wedding film. It allows videography and photography teams to get the shots needed to create your beautiful love story without the disturbance of the craziness of the day.
3. Include Your Wedding Day Prep
You may think “why do I need shots of my makeup artists putting blush on? Or shots of my fiancé hanging with their wedding party?” Well, to a videographer wedding preparation is a crucial element of storytelling.
Not only is it where a lot of emotions occur (suspense, excitement, happiness etc.), but also videographers get more time to get establishing shots to show the environment of the wedding day. These shots allow us to tell the full story of your day. Videographers don’t need to be there the entire time you are getting your makeup done to get the prep shots we need. But at least one hour would be an ideal amount of time for us to gather the prep shots we need.
4. Incorporate a First-Look
During the first look, videographers have the ability to gather more footage of pure emotions coming from both you and your fiancé. The first look also allows you and your fiancé to see each other before the ceremony thus lessening the pressure and stress the day has put on you both.
5. Letter Readings & Personalized Ceremony Vows
Personalized Ceremony Vows and Letter Readings really add a storytelling aspect to any wedding film. Letter readings are intimate notes that can be included in your wedding video as a voiceover. We usually record these during prep time before the ceremony. If you do not have personal ceremony vows we highly suggest including a letter reading. Both letter readings and personal vows, when added as a voiceover on your wedding video, make your film feel even more personal and heartwarming.
6. Golden Hour
One hour before sunset is the best time to shoot creative portraits as the sun is not as harsh and there are no shadows on your faces. Also known as magic hour, the quality of the light makes skin tones look better.
7. Ignore Me, Please!
To get the most natural looking results it’s usually best not to look at the camera and imagine that I’m not there. Think of a memorable moment like the first kiss, or how you met. Enjoy your moments while I capture them!