Tips for a Beautiful Wedding Video
Every little girl’s wedding day dream is important to her. As that dream fades into memory, we hire photo and video professionals to preserve that memory for us. After all the planning and joy of the event, be sure you have preserved this precious memory on video. No matter who shoots your wedding video, here are a few tips to help you and your video look best.
Applying make-up for the camera
Wear a foundation with good coverage and higher contrast lip and eye definition than you would normally wear day to day. Waterproof mascara and eyeliner are probably a good idea! Tears are a wedding day hazard. Many people also arrange professional hair & make-up stylists for their special day, so you will probably go over these issues with the vendor of your choice.
As you plan your wedding, consider the following issues. What will the lighting conditions be like during your ceremony & reception? Will the sun be shining through a window behind you? Will you need a little extra light at your candlelit reception? Planning ahead for the lighting situation can be a very important factor in wedding videography.
Staging your event
Think about the camera’s line of sight during the ceremony. If possible, you would of course prefer an unobstructed view. You should have at least two cameras to provide adequate coverage of any live event. For a wedding, it is preferable to have at least two videographers, one each for the bride & groom. A third camera for a wide shot is also desirable. Place a microphone at the altar to capture vows. Nervous couple often speak softly, and you’ll want to hear your vows on your video. Act natural! Remember, the camera loves you. Your wedding video is an intimate portrait for you and you alone. There is no need to feel self-conscious. A good videographer will blend into your wedding day and capture each moment with a kind eye.
Take a little time to talk with your videographer. Tell her who the members of your wedding party and family are and any special circumstances that surround the wedding. Pictures, stories of your courtship, and personally meaningful songs can all be brought together to shape the personalized artwork that your video will become. During the event, make sure your videographer has a heads up to get in position for special moments such as the cake cutting and exit.
Your videographer should have a list of shots that she is sure to get. This list might include:
- Pre-ceremony preparations, decorations & flowers, and establishing shots of the location & architectural details
- Bride’s room candids and finishing touches
- Boutonnieres and candids for the groom’s party
- Guest arrivals and candid family interactions
- The procession and ceremony in their entirety
- Wedding photo session
- Reception venue, decorations, flowers, food, and cake
- All reception events such as the toasts, cake cutting, garter and bouquet toss, formal dances, and exit
- Party candids, well wishes, dancing, and guest interactions
Five reasons to hire a professional
- A pro knows what to focus on
- Better shot framing and stability, better sound
- Better anticipation of events
- Allows your loved ones to relax and enjoy the event instead of working
- Greater watch-ability and preservation of your precious memory