Your wedding day is guaranteed to be one of the most memorable of your life, so a video that captures every special moment of your big day is essential. Therefore, it’s important to get to know and prepare your wedding videographer before your wedding. What do you need to establish beforehand, how can you make sure your wedding video is ‘you’ and what do you want included in the film? There’s a lot to think about, which is why we’ve written this guide! By following our advice, your wedding video will be something that you will love watching for years to come.
Getting to know me, getting to know you
It may seem obvious but we’re going to say it anyway. Meeting and getting to know your wedding videographer beforehand will help them to understand you both better. This means that when they are filming and putting together your wedding video, they will already know what sort of things you do and don’t like. It’s like anything – the more knowledge you have, the easier it is to do! We’re not talking anything complicated, just a couple of cups and a coffee will do wonders in creating a great working relationship.
Themes, tunes and finishing touches
Your wedding theme is what is going to tie everything to together, so you’ll want to convey that to your videographer. Talk to them about things like colours, flowers and other little details that you’ll want them to pick up on. Music is important too. If you want a particular song playing in the background during your video (maybe the song you’re planning to have your first dance to?) they will be able to do that for you. The more you can tell them, the better your video will be!
What’s your style?
A wedding video can vary massively from couple to couple. Some people are fans of the traditional wedding film, where the bulk of your day is filmed, with minimal alteration or editing. These have a lovely, relaxed feel and watching one feels as if you are back there all over again! For others, the only way is the cinematic style wedding film, where scenes are cut together in a sleek, stylised way. These are often shorter than traditional wedding films, with selected moments of the day being included. This option is perfect for those who value style just as much as substance! Find a few examples online of what you like and show these to your videographer, so that they can see what kind of style you are after.
Ask and you shall receive
Of course, you’ll want to ask your videographer questions too. Ask them what they think what would work and what wouldn’t, as their expertise is invaluable. Enquire about extras too, such as the groom’s party getting ready before the ceremony included in the video, extra videographers there on the day, or even just some additional DVD’s to give to family and friends. Asking about these will make it easier for your videographer to suggest things to you, as there may be extras you didn’t know existed but would be the icing on top of the cake. By taking time and care preparing your videographer for the big day, you’ll have the best wedding gift you could ever ask for – a permanent record of the best day of your lives
Andrew Shepard is the Founder of Crystal Clear Visuals, a wedding videographers based in Perth, Australia.