5 things you ought to know about wedding videos

Often times you'll be so busy 'getting married' on your wedding day that you will miss a lot of the action, even though you're the main attraction! 

Wedding videos are a wonderful way to capture the magic and raw emotion of your wedding day. Forever captured are the sights and the sounds, the love and the joy, the speeches and dancing ... unless, they're not.

With wedding videos often being a service that is considered at the last minute, happy couples need to know what to look for when hiring a wedding videographer or alas, they may become a not-so-happy couple.

Here are 5 things you ought to know about wedding videos!

Number 1 - Wedding videos are technically challenging to produce.

There is a lot more to producing a wedding video than just hiring someone with a video camera. Consider for a moment your wedding ceremony being in a large church.

These events need to planned in advance so make sure your wedding videographer attends your rehearsals so as to determine camera positions and microphone placements. This is also a great opportunity for your bridal party, parents and celebrant/priest to meet the video team.

Are you having an outdoor wedding ceremony? Perhaps on a beach or in a park? All of these scenarios bring assorted challenges to wedding videographers particularly in relation to audio recording (strong winds, background noises etc) and multiple camera operations.

Choose a wedding videographer who has experience in all of the scenarios above. Outdoor shoots are a lot different to indoor shoots and you want someone who can think on their feet and be ready and able to shoot in any/all conditions.

It's also a great idea to ensure your wedding videographer is socially adept and able to be mindful and courteous with your family and friends of course, but especially so with your wedding photographer!

Hot tip: An ideal scenario would be to book both wedding photographer and videographer from the same business!

Number 2 - Wedding videos require lots of high end video production equipment.

For the best coverage, your wedding videographer will use at least 3 video cameras. All video cameras need to shoot in 1080p format, suitable for Bluray discs - this is entry level nowadays with 4K and UltraHD being top of the line .. at least for now.

What's more important than video? AUDIO

Quality audio recording is crucial to a well produced wedding video. Therefore your wedding videographer needs to have a variety of microphones to ensure the audio is captured where and when needed.

For example, lapel mics on the groom and the priest/celebrant are essential! So too are microphones for your guests as they give readings.

An assortment of production equipment including TRIPODS, MONO-PODS, SLIDERS & CAMERA STABILIZATION SYSTEMS are very important. Ask your wedding videographer about these pieces of equipment to ensure you get smooth, consistent pictures.

Cain and Leisha on their wedding day. The wedding videos that I produce are always supplied on Bluray and can include all of the days events from bride and groom preparations through to the farewells at reception. You also receive a bonus wedding highlights video for sharing online.

Number 3 - This is your love story, so own it!

Don't be afraid to tell your wedding videographer what you want. Play up and talk to the camera - this is your love story and it will be so much more personal and memorable if you allow yourself to open up.

Ensure you have a wedding videographer that allows you to call your own shots - if that is what you would like to do. I encourage all my couples to have some input in their production. I might sneak up and ask you to say a few words, tell me about how you're feeling, share your excitement with me. These are all candid moments that make each wedding video unique and beautiful in their own way.

You might like a certain style and have chosen your wedding videographer based on what you've seen them produce in the past. In these situations you can just be yourself and let your videographer work his craft as he sees it.

Either way, I believe flexibility is key. Your wedding videographer needs to share you with your wedding photographer as well as listen to you on the day and accept your creative input. If they are working their own style, be mindful of how that might affect your photographers schedule.

Be sure to find a harmonious balance for both of these professionals BEFORE your wedding day!

A video still taken from Cameron and Michelle's wedding video.

A video still taken from Cameron and Michelle's wedding video.

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Number 4 - It's all in the timing!

As previously discussed, wedding videographers may use a considerable amount of gear (particularly at your wedding ceremony) and therefore they will require time to setup and pack down.

In order to ensure you give yourself the best chances of capturing all the important moments on film (such as your arrival at the church), be sure to consider the times between events.

Depending on the number of wedding videographers working with you on the day, they may need to depart from your bridal preparations well in advance of you in order to arrive at the ceremony location and setup the equipment.

Another consideration when having a church ceremony is to delay the post ceremony photo-shoot with family by 10 minutes or so to allow time for your videographer to collect the gear and exit the church.

Of course when you have a team of videographers you needn't worry so much however when working with just one or two videographers, a little extra time here and there would be beneficial for everyone!

Wedding photos with Phil & Fiona at the University of Qld, St Lucia.

Wedding photos with Phil & Fiona at the University of Qld, St Lucia.

Number 5 - Video cameras love good lighting

The final chapters of a wedding video take place at the reception. The first official introduction of the bride and groom as Mr & Mrs, the speeches, the cutting of the cake, the first waltz .. these are all wonderful events to be captured on film.

Once thing to consider when planning your wedding reception is the lighting at the venue. Perhaps the most important consideration would be to ensure adequate lighting at the lectern or location at which your guests will be giving their speeches.

If the venue does not have suitable lighting for your speeches, be sure to advise your wedding videographer who may then choose to bring their own lighting. However, be sure the lighting being provided by your videographer does not make your speech givers uncomfortable by either blinding them or blocking them from sections of your guests.

As much as those dimly lit reception venues are lovely and intimate, video cameras can struggle in low light and it is important to find a good balance of lighting that allows great pictures to be shot as well as keeping the desired mood.

Oh my goodness!!!! Dave!!!! We love it!!!! You have done a magnificent job. Its more than we ever could have hoped for. I’m blown away by how awesome the highlights video is. We just can’t thank you enough, we are speechless at how well you have captured the moments in the day and we’ll treasure it forever.
— Cain and Leisha

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I'd love to hear from other videographers and photographers about what they think couples need to consider when planning a wedding video - or photography for that matter.

I provide wedding video production services as well as combined video and wedding photography packages with some of the most talented photographers in Brisbane. If you would like to find out more, please contact me here.