You also need to make a list of everything that you need to bring to the
wedding, including a tripod, extra batteries, wireless mics, video tapes or
discs, extra lenses, headphones, products to clean lenses with, and anything
else you think you might possibly need.
It is better to be over prepared than it is to be under prepared! Don't
assume that you will remember to bring everything that you need. Write it
down, and check it off as you put it in the car on the wedding day.
Tip 4: Know what you will ask
Make a list of questions to ask the bride and groom when they are getting
ready for the wedding, such as 'Are you nervous?' 'What has gone wrong
today?' 'When did you know he/she was the one for you?' Add a little humor.
Try to catch the groom off guard and ask him what the date is. The bride
will love you for this!
Tip 5: Use multiple cameras if possible
If possible, use more than one video camera to make the wedding video. The
second camera can simply be used as a backup, or it can be used by another
videographer to get scenes that you can't get due to that pesky 'can't be in
two places' problem.
The more video cameras in use, the better. Make sure that the date and time
are not embedded in the video on any of the cameras in case you need to edit
one video using footage from another video. Make sure that the settings are
identical on all of the camcorders being used.
Tip 6: Make a list of shots to get
The bride and groom will want you to make sure that you get specific shots,
such as the ring exchange or the cutting of the cake, but there are other
memorable shots that you will want to make sure are on the video.
Some examples include: the father of the bride putting a penny in her shoe,
shots of all of the flowers and wedding decorations, and panoramic views of
the church before and during the ceremony. Talk with the wedding planner for
Tip 7: Things to avoid
Use the tripod as much as possible during the ceremony, and avoid touching
it when you can, but make sure that you do use the pan technique when it is
appropriate. This will reduce or eliminate shaky shots, and make the video
more professional. Avoid sudden movement, or fast zooming. It's a wedding,
not a car chase.
Tip 8: Wedding Day
Make sure that you arrive where you are supposed to be early enough to set
things up. Allow yourself plenty of time, and don't take no for an answer.
Use common sense when shooting scenes. For instance, if the bride starts
having second thoughts, nobody will appreciate that appearing on the video
if she goes through with the wedding.
If you are asked not to shoot a scene, by the bride or groom, don't shot it.
Don't ask the bride or groom inappropriate questions about the wedding
night. This is unprofessional, and they won't want to let their future
children see that. Relax and do the best job that you can do for the bride
Tip 9: Editing the video
Begin by watching the videos as they were recorded and taking notes. You
want the video to tell a story and follow a specific order, for example:
- The introduction that shows the names of the bride and groom
- The date, time, and place of the wedding
- The groom getting ready
- The bride getting ready
- The photo sessions
- The arrival at the church by the bride and groom
- Last minute preparations by the bride and groom
- The ceremony
- The receiving line
- The cutting of the wedding cake
- The first dance and other important dances
- Toasts and speeches
... and so on.
Write out how the final product will be organized. Make a copy of all of
the videos before you start editing anything, just in case. After you've
decided exactly how you want the video to be, begin the editing process, and
keep at it until you have what you want. Keep the original videos until you
know that the bride and groom are happy with the finished product.
You can become so good at wedding video production, that you might consider
starting your own wedding video production company! Wedding videos are
probably the most enjoyable videos to shoot. If you are prepared, and you
follow all the steps, you will be able to present the couple with a wedding
video that they will cherish for the rest of their lives.