Your special day on film, what to ask for and what to expect

Asking the right questions when you are in the search phase of finding a videographer, can help you shortlist the right person for you. There is a wide range of services and outcomes on offer, so this blog explores what to consider. The day for a videographer can start early and end late, use this checklist to mark off each aspect of the event. The timing shown is an estimate of the actual amount of watchable footage that is produced in the final edit.

Pre-wedding activities

Quite often the event will begin way before the special day. Cultural requirements such as additional ceremonies or the gathering of family members from overseas or even visits to people that won’t make the event should all be recognised and considered. Whether you need the help of a professional or you intend to film these aspects yourself, the footage can be included in the final cut. Take advice from the videographer of how to shoot it properly.

Bridal preparations (10 minutes)

Usually either early or mid-morning, this part of the day can be fun and also reflective for the people involved. It often is the only time you can get each person on their own, which means that sentiment is spoken and recorded at quite an emotional time. Take into consideration, if you want both parties to be filmed, the distance and the travel time to both locations, is it feasible for one videographer?

Ceremony (30 minutes)

The ceremony, whether church, registry office or registered location is a set piece in terms of filming. To capture the whole process requires multiple camera angles to capture the officiate and the faces of the bride and groom as they make their declaration and vows. The videographer needs to know before time, who is doing what, not only to capture the footage, but importantly the sound. Hidden microphones are the only way to record crisp clear speech, eliminating background noise.

Official photographs and pre-dinner drinks (10 minutes)

The photographer will go through a routine of building up family memento’s, set pieces calling forward each family member in turn. Sometimes, the bride and groom are whisked off to a separate location for photographs. Do you want this routine to be filmed? The alternative is to capture what else is going on. Family members sitting together talking, the overall view of the hotel gardens, possibly a drone shot of the venue. This is one of the times the videographer can pick up the speech of the guests. A lasting memory will be the people you love most in vision and sound.

Wedding breakfast and speeches (30 minutes)

You will need to discuss with the wedding videographer the order of proceedings, are the speeches first or at the end of the meal? Again, we need to consider microphones and camera placement. At the time eating is taking place, the videographer and photographer generally retreat from the scene for a short break allowing the group to relax.

1st dance and evening celebration (20 minutes)

With guests gathered around the floor and the photographer and videographer vying for space, we will need to have a plan to get the best possible footage. Most photographers and videographers have an understanding and an etiquette to get this done. Finishing off the day as the light begins to become unworkable, the final moments caught on film will be energy of the celebration.

Your videographer will have the experience to take you through all of these aspects and questions a few weeks before the event, so that on the day you can relax and enjoy this long awaited moment in life.

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