By Pete Hastings
When preparing for your wedding ceremony many people forget that their ceremony is being recorded. It is important to follow these important tips to ensure your wedding video turns out perfect.
1. Make sure your guests are told ahead of time that “No pictures or video are permitted to be taken during the ceremony” I have seen many wedding videos interrupted by rude guests who are selfish and want to take their own photos and video during the ceremony. Many times these guests are blind to the fact that professional staff have been hired to do this. They even sometimes will walk or stand right in front of your hired media personnel to take their pictures. Nothing is worse then when the bride walks down the aisle and no one can see her because the view is obstructed with guests holding up their iPhones and iPads.(See pictures below.) It is your day and you can set your own rules that your guests must abide by. It is not unusual to make the announcement before the ceremony, print an announcement in the front of the program or even have all electronic devices turned off and checked in like a coat check. This will also ensure your ceremony is not interrupted by cell phone ringtones.
Guests who ruin your video.
Do not have this at your wedding.
2. Pay extra to have your photo and video persons attend your rehearsal. It sometimes costs as little as $50 but will get you advance advice you would not otherwise have. Also, if there are any conflicts between your celebrant and your photo crew it can be worked out in advance. Nothing is worse then a minister yelling at a camera crew in the middle of your ceremony. Remember, this is your day and nothing should be imperfect.
3. No Backs to your camera– When using only one camera packages it is important to know where your videographer will be stationed. Remember if your video person is in the audience then you shouldn’t have your back to the audience. I have done many weddings where the bride and groom have their backs to the camera the entire time.(See Below) It makes for a poor wedding video, and does not leave much creativity with any other shots. You should always face each other and have your celebrant directly facing the audience.
Poor example of how to stand.
Correct positioning of bride & groom.
4. Remember how to walk- It is very important to remember two factors when entering the ceremony. A. Do not walk too slow when entering and B. Do not walk too fast when exiting. Many people get overly concerned with the processional and not concerned enough with the recessional. Do not have your participants walking down the aisle too slow. This can drastically increase your ceremony duration and lead to many problems. It also makes your guests loose attention and creates more editing for your videographer. You wedding party should be properly spaced and walk at a moderate speed on the way in. Upon exit you need to be aware that your camera personnel need to follow you out, in most cases while carrying heavy gear. You need to walk at a slow pace when exiting. I have done several weddings where the bride and groom have raced out of the church at the conclusion of their ceremony only to ruin their exit videos and photos. Leave time for you media crew to pick up their equipment and follow you thoroughly, even stop at spots to take some posed pictures.
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