Wedding Videography Tips

By choosing to hire a professional wedding videographer, you have already taken the first step towards ensuring that the filming of your wedding day goes smoothly. There are still a few more things that you can do to make sure that everything goes the way you want it to, and your expectations are met.

Meet your videographer before the day

Looking for a wedding videographer online or at a wedding fair is a great way of finding the right person to film your wedding, however, neither is a real substitute for meeting your videographer for a proper chat in the run up to your wedding day.

When you meet with your videographer, give them a list of anything specific you want filmed, especially if it is an unusual request.

Arrange for your videographer to visit your venue before your wedding day

Where possible, arrange to meet your videographer at your wedding venue. This way, not only will you have the opportunity to chat through your requirements with them, they will have the opportunity to see what the venue has to offer.

Things like lighting and acoustics might not have been a factor for you when deciding on your venue, but they are very important to your videographer. It is useful for your videographer to be able to get an idea of things like where the natural light is coming from and how bright the artificial lights are. Similarly with sound, some rooms carry sound better than others. Giving your videographer the chance to see your venue before your wedding day means they can assess what, if any additional equipment they need to bring, in order to get your film looking and sounding just right.

Plan the seating

You don’t want your videographer getting in the way of your guests; after all, they are your closest friends and relatives who have come specifically to share your wedding day with you. On the other hand, you don’t want a wedding film where all you can see is the back of your guest’s heads. Plan the seating for key moments such as the ceremony and the speeches so that both the videographer and your guests have a good view. This is another thing that you might want to talk through with your videographer on a visit to the venue prior to your wedding day.

Practice in front of the camera

If you’re not used to being in front of the camera, you may find yourself feeling awkward and unnatural when you know you are being filmed. The best way to get around this is to practice in front of the camera. If you can, do it with your videographer before your wedding. If this is not possible, having them around before the ceremony will help you ease into your day, or alternatively, spend some time being filmed going about your day to day business by a friend – even if they do it on their phone. Whilst this won’t be quite the same as the real thing, it should help you adjust to your videographer a little more quickly.

Give your videographer a detailed timetable for the day

Weddings rarely stick to an exact timetable; however, there will be certain parts of your day that you will have a time for well in advance. Make sure your videographer knows when your guests will be arriving, what time the speeches are and when you are doing the cake cutting and first dance. You don’t want to have to delay your day because you can’t find your videographer, nor do you want a key moment to be missed because your videographer was on a badly timed toilet break. By letting your videographer know where and when you need them, they can make sure they are in place and set up in plenty of time.