Wedding Day Videography Tips for Couples
It's no surprise that we attend more weddings than the average person. One of the most interesting aspects about that is, having attended so many, we begin to notice patterns that emerge. This helps us correct for problems before they even happen, but we figured it might be good to gather our observations into a post to share with the couples as the big day approaches.
So, without further ado, here are a list of tips that will surely make both your wedding video and photos turn out beautifully:
- Plan for the worst and hope for the best
Can you think of another day in your life that required more planning and execution from so many different friends, family members, and professionals? Not to mention all of the little bits of chaos that can occur like traffic, bad weather, traffic because people can't seem to drive in bad weather, hair and makeup running overtime, flowers are late, missing boutonnieres, etc. Take any and all of these moments in stride, the most important thing is that you and your partner are together.
- Natural Lighting Is Clutch
...and if it doesn't exist where you're getting ready or at the ceremony, we're going to be bringing some of our own. When choosing a spot to get ready, we'd handily recommend a much more plain setting with ample light and windows than a very elaborate space with no natural light. If you're getting married outdoors, download an app like Rizon to find out when Golden Hour is happening, schedule your ceremony to start promptly at that moment, and we guarantee everyone in attendance will look amazing.
- Sometimes Natural Lighting Can Be Your Enemy, Though...
If we're capturing formals or first looks/touches, do everything in your power not to schedule them outdoors from the hours of 12-2pm when the sun is highest in the sky. It has the tendency to cast nasty downward shadows on everyone, it's difficult to see without squinting, and if it's summer it's definitely the hottest time of the day.
- Build in Buffers
There have been a few times we've seen wedding day timelines down to increments of 15 minutes and that's rarely enough time to get anything done (beyond maybe a drink order). Whenever possible, give yourself breaks of 30-45 minutes between the big moments so you can have a snack or drink some water. If you're rushing from spot to spot all day you'll be exhausted and probably not be able to enjoy the day to your fullest.
- Are You Scheming? Let Us Know!
We're good at keeping secrets. If you have an impromptu dance number with the bridal party planned or will be singing a duet or something equally amazing, give us a heads up as to when that might be happening so we can make sure the cameras and lights are pointed in the right direction!
- Suiting up? Do it right
Before the big day, take 10-15 minutes to learn to do the following: Tie a bowtie or Windsor knot, pin a boutonniere, and fold a pocket square. We have gotten really good at doing all four of those things for our couples, but we'd much rather capture the bridal party helping each other with it.
- Phone Videography
We get it, the cameras on phones are friggin incredible these days and everyone wants to get the hero shot of the big kiss (us too!), but when a bunch of screens go up at the big moment or, even worse, someone steps out into the aisle to shoot a video or grab a photo it can ruin a shot. We've seen a wonderful trend emerge in less formal ceremonies over the past year: when the couple arrives at the front they pose and give everyone the opportunity to get a shot of them looking great and smiling, then kindly ask everyone to pocket the phones and be present. Everyone gets a shot they can toss up on Instagram, and the videographers and photographers are able to capture footage without worry.
- Make That Kiss Count!
When you go in for the big kiss, hold it there and really take in the moment and the amazing promise you just made to each other. Some of our favorites had the couple going back for multiple small kisses, too. It's a little thing, but watching it back should give you the same butterflies you felt while it was happening.
- Try Not to Look at the Camera
We always tell our couples that if you don't notice us on your wedding day, then we've done our job. We like to be discrete when we capture your moments, but there is something to be said for a smile and glance at the camera. If those moments happen organically you can bet we're going to add them in, but more often than not the couple is too fixated on each other to even notice us.
- Plan Speeches Around Courses
You will be famished on your wedding day because you may have just had a light breakfast and then nothing until dinner because of the whirlwind from place to place. Try to grab some hors-d'oeuvres during cocktail hour and plan with your venue/DJ to get toasts/speeches done between courses. We have one camera pointed at the person giving the toast and another on both of you to get your reactions. If you have a plate of delicious food in front of you, you might not be able to help yourself from partaking and we'd potentially lose those amazing reaction moments!
This is just what we were able to come up with off the top of our heads! As we dive headlong into the 2018 wedding season, we hope to be able to provide many more tips and observations for the soon-to-be-wed!