How to take the headache out of wedding video
If you think planning a wedding is tough, you’re right.
But help is afoot if you want to save time hiring someone to shoot your wedding video.
This mini-guide will help you answer the most important questions about your vision before you start contacting candidates.
Going in ‘cold’ with videographers can lead to wasted time or a mismatch of personalities at best. At worst, you’ll be left with a bad experience and a wedding video you hate.
So, take 5 minutes to answer the questions below and get yourself prepared.
What kind of style do you like?
The answer to this question will have – hands down – the greatest influence on how satisfied you are with the finished video.
- Love natural, un-posed vision capturing the raw emotion of your day as it unfolds? Then a videographer who specialises in 1980s-style formal set-ups isn’t for you.
- Do you prefer a cinematic style of wedding video, with plenty of abstract vision and little in the way of traditional structure?
- Would you prefer focus to be on your guests, the actual events of the day, and a little less on yourselves?
- Would you like a wedding video of the whole ceremony shot with a lighting set-up from a single location (great for some, not for others…)?
- Or would you prefer a fast-moving videographer to be on the look-out for short-lived opportunities as they appear?
The answer to these questions will give you a great insight into what you like (and what you don’t).
It will also give you a strong sense of what kind of wedding videographer you should be looking for.
What personality type are you?
Your personality should play a large part in deciding who should shoot your wedding day.
If you have a shotlist planned down to the minute and a storyboard showing how you want it edited, you’ll need to seek out providers who work that way.
On the other hand, if you’re a little more laid back – but still want a beautiful result – you’ll need to consider working with a team who rolls with the punches.
One that captures the spontaneous moments that emerge during your wedding day.
Not every wedding videographer falls neatly into these polar-opposite categories, but the majority is somewhere on the spectrum between.
Here at Brandsten Media, we only work with couple who are closer to the ‘laid back’ end of the scale.
We’ve spent more than 15 years shooting weddings, and five years covering professional sport and large corporate events. In that time, we’ve found that the greatest vision is most often captured with only a loose plan.
Of course, all of the traditional moments like the exchanging of rings, the kiss and anything else nominated by the couple are covered as a matter of course.
But after those have been captured, we like to get creative.
That’s the time to start seeking out those special moments that disappear in the blink of an eye if you’re not ready to roll.
From our experience, this approach produces the most memorable, enjoyable and treasured memories that far exceed the value of the standard ‘cookie cutter’ style.
What do you want to capture on your day?
While no videographer can capture every moment of your day, they can do a fine job of capturing those things that make your wedding unique. But they need your help.
And the best way to do this is by talking to them about it.
When you meet with your videographer, they should be working to identify the ‘story’ (or theme) of your day – i.e. the elements that come together to make it uniquely ‘you’.
For instance, you may wish to ensure the bond between mother and daughter is captured at the bride’s home prior to the wedding. Or the light-heartedness of the goofball groomsmen. Or the reaction to the surprise visit of Aunt Betty from the States.
Write these down and make sure you have them ready to discuss with your videographer.
This will help them frame the shoot in their mind, and they may even be able to provide suggestions to enhance your vision.
It will also help avoid miscommunication that can lead to disappointment with your finished wedding video.
What are the times of your wedding’s key events?
It’s customary (expected, even!) that the bride will be a touch late to the ceremony. But most other parts of the day are expected to run closer to schedule (touch wood).
Regardless of how it unfolds, it’s important to note down and provide your videographer with a list of times for the key elements of your wedding.
This will help your videographer get to the right place at the right time BEFORE the moment has passed.
It’s rarely a precise exercise, but a list of even loose timings is infinitely better than none.
What is the MOST important thing to capture on your wedding day?
This one is easy, but funnily enough, is often overlooked.
It could be a moment, a scene or a general ‘feel’ that you’d like to permeate the whole video.
Make sure you confirm this with your videographer when you meet, and highlight its importance.
This will make things a lot easier for everyone on your wedding day, and it will help ensure you receive the wedding video you’d envisioned.