Do you have a wedding planning checklist, and if so, where does your wedding video come on it? If it’s right down at the bottom, think again. If you’re having a wedding video it’s got to be right, and getting it right requires proper planning.
Where and When Will You Have Your Wedding?
Of course the venue’s important, and you’ll be planning the date well in advance, but these things can really affect wedding videography. You’ll need to make sure that any venues involved – and some people have more than one – can accommodate, and will allow, filming. Many churches now charge for filming weddings, and some religious venues may actually restrict any filming taking place at all.
Now the time of year is likely to have some influence on how your wedding is filmed. Given the unpredictability of the typical British summer, have a contingency in place in case your outdoor scenario looks like becoming something a good deal wetter than you expected. Things like natural light, or lack of it, will also affect how your wedding should be filmed.
Who Do You Want to Film?
It’s obvious isn’t it, the bride and groom. But hold on; many weddings have dramatic guest appearances of long lost friends and relatives, or planned-for peaks in the day’s narrative. Your wedding videographer will need to know all these details in advance if you want to capture them properly on film.
Again, early planning will pay off when it comes to understanding how the venue will work with the ebb and flow of guests, including the people you want your video to concentrate on.
Unaccustomed As I Am…
Oh yes, the speeches. Don’t forget them. You’ll need to brief your videographer about who’s doing what and, if they go on at length, which choice bits to keep in. Much of this will happen at the editing stage, but a bit of forward planning will make the actual filming of them easier, and the end result better.
Do the Collars and Cuffs Match?
By which I mean, is the video you’re planning going to match the mood of the wedding itself. There are lots of different ways of telling a story on video, but you need to decide in advance how your wedding story will appear when it’s going to be captured for posterity.
If you’ve gone for a traditional white wedding, for example, you’re probably not going to want to your video to be too adventurous in presentation; however if you’ve gone for a ceremony in the woods with everyone dressed like druids, the video might want to look a bit different.
In the end, it’s up to you.
We are In Love Wedding Films and we film wedding videos in Manchester and throughout the North West. I’d really like to be a part of your wedding plans, so why not get in touch to talk about it and see what we can do for you?