If a picture says a thousand words, a video says a million. From seeing your first kiss, hearing the heartfelt speeches and reliving your first dance, nothing compares to the magic of reliving your wedding day. Your wedding video captures every moment - not just the way you remember it in your mind, but the way it actually happened. Watch it in a year - or 10 - and put yourself right back in that moment.
Before you book your wedding videographer, consider these five must-dos for your best wedding video:
1. Discover your style
Think about “the look” of your wedding video. Is your style more cinematic or documentary? Would you prefer it to be more artistic by incorporating feature film techniques? Or, do you want to go more the traditional route with a video that chronicles the day sequentially from start to finish?
2. Hire a company whose style matches yours
Once you’ve identified your style, it’s time to do your research and seek out a company whose wedding style matches yours. How can you tell? It’s simple - watch some of the wedding videos. If it’s a match, book them. Then, make sure you and your videographer are on the same page with how you want your day documented so there are no surprises in the end. Make sure the day's events are clearly communicated so they have time to set up!
3. Take videography as seriously as you do photography
Your wedding video is a big deal. It’s a visual time capsule of your wedding day, so treat it just as thoughtfully as you would your wedding photography. If you want a great video, don’t wait until the last minute to hire a videographer. Chances are, your decision won’t be well-considered, and you might be disappointed in the end. Talk to friends and family for recommendations! Research, research, research every last detail. Lighting is just as important for video, so make sure your videographer has professional equipment.
4. Have your videographer and photographer coordinate with each other
This is so important! Discuss video and photo coverage beforehand so no one is competing for shots or standing in each other’s frames. Your videographer and photographer should work fluidly together, complimenting your wedding footage so you get the best of both worlds. That’s why it’s important to hire the same company for both your wedding photography and video. It’s seamless. Chances are, they've worked with each other before and know how to achieve that wedding day magic! Plus, why not make it easy on yourself?
5. Declutter your surroundings
The camera sees everything - and that goes for a video camera, too. Be mindful of your surroundings and get them film- and photo-ready. Make sure the bridal suite is free of clutter like makeup, trash, food, drinks and extra chairs. It can really add up throughout the day from getting ready, so take a good look around before your talent arrives. Your videographer is there to set the perfect scene, so he/she might want to do some rearranging as well. Trust their vision!
Now you’re ready for your close up. Lights, camera, action, I do!