Wedding Videos: The Ultimate Checklist
The rise of the Wedding Videos is a good sign for the all the videographers out there. The styles have made Wedding Videos more appealing to the couple, so it has become a blossoming business. Anyway, still, some couples don’t understand the value of it. I have written many articles on “why you should have a wedding video footage,” but this article is for the videographers out there (I am focusing the beginners.)
Shooting Wedding Videos is not an easy job. A wedding is a very busy function, and as the videographer; you must capture the important moments under so much pressure. The busyness of the function is not an excuse for you to miss the special moments. You should have a sit-down meeting with the couple to discuss their likes and dislikes. It’s the best way to plan “what to capture” ahead of time. In my previous articles, I have explained what to discuss during the sit-down meeting. So, I will get to the point straight.
Keeping a list of “what to go” in Wedding Videos is a tool that you can use to lower the additional pressure about remembering everything under stress. As a videographer, you should know all about the equipment. If you bought a new camera, make sure to study all its settings and functions before going to the wedding. You can always talk with an expert for more information.
Every couple wants “traditional shots” to be in their footage. These traditional shots are the foundation of Wedding Videos. Below I am highlighting the traditional shots of Wedding Videos, so take a printout and keep it with you as a reference. You can’t ask the couple to do that “first kiss” again, so make sure you don’t miss anything on the first hand.
* Preparation shots: Wedding Videos should have these shots to build up a story.
1) Bride and bridesmaids getting ready.
2) Exterior and interior shots of the church/venues.
4) Flowers and decorations.
5) Groom and ushers hanging out.
6) Pinning boutonniere on the groom.
* The ceremony: The hardest part of a wedding. Having a second videographer would be a big release for you here.
1) The arrival of the guests (including sitting, reading and so on.)
2) Family members entering the church.
3) Groom waiting at the altar.
4) Father kissing daughter and handing over to the groom.
5) The vows and the first kiss.
6) Record the full ceremony and later edit.
* The reception: Now that the hardest part is over (the ceremony,) you can take a deep breath.
1) Exterior/interior shots of the reception venues.
2) Guests signing the guest book.
3) First dance/last dance.
4) Cake cutting.
5) Bouquet toss.
6) The couple leaving the hall.
In between the highlighted shots here, you will notice many moments to capture. Think creatively as videographers. Be ready to capture the unexpected. Capturing everything yourself may not be possible on some occasions. It’s better you having a second videographer if the function is a “big function.”
Some final Words: Editing is what makes Wedding Videos more professional. It’s not a necessary that every videographer becomes an editing expert. You can get someone else (who’s an editing expert) to edit the footages you captured. As you know, Wedding Videos have many styles, and the editing part varies according to the footage style the couple requested. Make sure you have the necessary equipment to capture quality Wedding Videos (but you don’t want “the most expensive” equipment.)