It takes more than great filming and editing to make a fantastic wedding video, so we have put together a few tips and secrets every bride should know as well as things she can do to make the wedding video just perfect.
Knowing the type of lighting at the various places the wedding video is to be filmed is a great help to the wedding videographer as this assists in the right camera settings for a perfect wedding video.
Video generally looks better if the lights at the ceremony and reception are not turned down too low. If the location is dark, the most unobtrusive choice for the videographer is to use a low-wattage, on-camera light. Using a diffuser, the light will be spread evenly which prevents squinting at the light. Brides and wedding planners should ask the emcee to turn up the lights for important moments such as toasts, cake cutting, bouquet tossing and garter removal. If lighting is dim and the venue is dark, it can result in poorer quality grainy images on the video.
An outdoor wedding will look much better if the bride and groom, as well as guests, are not in direct sunlight. Direct sunlight will wash out vibrant colours and bleach out make up. Shady areas or canopies that let in some light work best.
Ask your videographer about positioning. Even the most thoroughly rehearsed weddings can make it difficult for your videographer to get the best shots, especially if you not aware of your positioning. Including camera positioning in your rehearsal can keep key moments intimate and ensure the best shots.
Exchange of Vows
Facing your guests during the ceremony, or facing each other (instead of the officiant), will give you the best unobtrusive shots. If neither is an option, ask your videographer to use small hidden cameras strategically placed throughout the ceremony location for multiple camera angles.
Manage your Guests
Your videographer should never block the view of your guests; however, the same holds true for guests who often block the videographer’s shots. Consider requesting that your guests stand behind the official videographer and photographer during key moments such as the ring exchange, the kiss, the bouquet toss, and cake cutting. Overzealous guests and even young children can easily block these important shots. As your guests are seated, the ushers can discreetly remind them of your request, and you can include a statement in your printed program as well.
Try not to react to the presence of the camera. The bridal party usually becomes accustomed to the camera after the first hour during the bridal preparations. Never turn your back on the camera, as this can render the footage unusable. When in doubt about whether to look at the photographer or videographer during traditional shots, always look at your photographer unless the videographer specifically requests otherwise.