Unless you’re taking nostalgia to extremes, you’re not going to want your wedding film to be a silent movie. Audio has a crucial part to play alongside the visual aspects of storytelling.
As a Manchester-based UK wedding videographer, I know how important it is to get the best final edit of a wedding film, and that includes all its audio elements, from vows and speeches to soundtrack and helping to establish the overall mood and tone of the day.
Capturing the Soundtrack of Your Wedding
Obviously, you want your wedding to feel as natural and flowing as possible, but that doesn’t mean your wedding videographer hasn’t got work to do behind the scenes.
Capturing the soundtrack of your wedding means ensuring the right audio equipment is in place.
That’s the bit we take care of, using a combination of microphones but in such a way that we remain unobtrusive always – the last thing you want is for your wedding to come across like a press conference!
So, we take care of all the audio feeds, but what do you need to do?
What You Say on the Day
Planning your wedding is about striking a balance, between it feeling relaxed and natural, and knowing what needs to happen when, and making sure it does.
When it comes to your audio, this means rehearsing vows and speeches, so that when you say them on the day, they come across clearly, and meaningfully.
In other words, while we can ensure the sound of your wedding works, the content is down to you.
This is not just about what you say, but how you say it.
For example, when it comes to your vows, leave yourself plenty of breathing space. Take your time. Yes, you are very likely to feel nervous, but pause as much as you need, because this is your moment, your time, and it should be something you enjoy immensely.
When the officiant (vicar, official or otherwise) says lines you must repeat, leave plenty of space. Don’t be tempted to rush in and overlap.
Remember, your invited guests want to hear you clearly, and so will anyone watching your wedding film after the event.
There’s a whole separate bunch of issues surrounding wedding speeches, including length and tone, and how tasteful (or not) they should be.
Here, I want to focus on clarity. Everyone giving a speech on the day should rehearse what they’re going to say, diligently. No, it shouldn’t be robotic recitation, but nor should it be a bumbling, rambling mess.
Speeches matter. They form one of the dramatic centrepieces of the day. People care about what they hear. Don’t be frightened of expressing emotion. Be clear about what the wedding means to you, whether you’re the groom, or the father of the bride, or someone else scheduled to speak. Try and capture this in how you say your speech.
Trust me, it’ll matter on the day, and on your wedding film.
Do let me know when the speeches will be on the day, whether before, after or during the meal.
Other Audio Considerations
As a wedding filmmaker, I look for the soundbites that will work in the edit, for the stray remarks that capture the entire mood of the day.
Also, as bride and groom, why not consider writing letters to one another to read out on the day? These can be powerfully, emotionally resonant in your wedding film. I can use them in voiceover, or show each of you physically reading the letter you’ve received.
Letters are a great way of establishing mood and reaffirming the central, romantic message of your wedding story.
When it comes to music, you must take into account licensing restrictions. However, I can provide suitable soundtrack music as part of the finished film, and, obviously, will consult you first about suitability.
What your wedding film sounds like matters as much as what it looks like. I specialise in cinematic wedding films with this kind of attention to detail. Contact me to talk about your wedding plans and how to remember your special day.