Obviously, hiring a professional videographer is the place to start if you would like to have a wonderful wedding video to watch over and over again throughout the years. However, there are several things you as a couple and do when planning your wedding, that will help make your video even better. Here are a few things:
Obviously, hiring a professional videographer is the place to start if you would like to have a wonderful wedding video to watch over and over again throughout the years. However, there are several things you as a couple can do when planning your wedding, that will help make your video even better. Here are a few things:
1. Avoid colored lighting, and colored up lighting. It is as simple as that! Unless you love your face to look like the color that you choose for your up lighting, avoid colored lighting. I know purple and red are very popular, however it might not look so good on your face. Videographers do use professional lighting to minimize some of this, but there’s only so much they can do.
2. Keep your getting ready area nice and clean. It is as simple as it sounds, a clean room looks much better on camera than a messy room. While most videographers will move around furniture, open blinds, and move around clutter, it helps when everything looks good already. I know you really don’t want the fast food trash and beer bottles in the background!
3. Think about the time of day you’re having your ceremony. If the sun is really bright, or directly overhead, you may be working with some shadows. Sunset ceremonies may be nice, but sometimes it leaves one or more parties looking or squinting into the sun.
4. Brides, try to wear a dress that you will not be fidgeting with. So many times, we see brides adjusting their chest, pulling up their dress and generally messing with their clothing. I get it, a wedding dress is not the most comfortable thing to wear, but it is also not great to see those constant dress adjustments in the wedding film.
5. First looks make the timeline go a lot more smoothly. We understand that you may not always want to break tradition, but it is very handy and it ensures all of the photos are done in a non-rushed manner.
6. It is your wedding video and we want it to be beautiful. We know you do too, that’s why this point is so important. If there is something that you absolutely love and want covered, make sure to tell your Videographer to cover that for your wedding video. You really can’t capture the s’more bar or the photo booth on video six weeks later when it’s time to edit the video. Likewise, If there is something you absolutely do not want included, like your drunk aunt Bev, please tell your videographer. In one case we had a couple dislike white lattice so we avoided at all costs. It just comes down to communication. And chances are, if you like the videos on your Videographer’s website it should be fine. If you are looking at another Videographer’s wedding videos maybe it is time to think about using that Videographer instead.
7. The last and most important point of all, is to have fun and smile! A pouty bride or groom does not make for a fun film to watch. Big smiles and happiness make the wedding video something you really want to watch and keep watching over and over again.
Nikki Lopez contributes articles about wedding videography that are funny, fun, and useful to couples as well as other videographers. She hopes to educate and inspire.