Wedding Videography Tips

Wedding Videographer Tips

Videography Company Interview

  1. Ask to see videos of entire weddings, you’ll fast forward through it, but it’s preferable to seeing a video montage of “hits.”
  2. Focus on the quality of the images, the lighting, the special effects, and the way the story of the day is told. Is the sound clear? Are there a variety of images that make it interesting to watch? Don’t get dazzled by beautiful flowers or an opulent site — that’s not a function of the videography.
  3. Do they shoot in Betacam or digital camera (both broadcast quality), SVHS-the next best, or VHS (consumer quality)?
  4. What kind of equipment do they use? What sort of microphones? Lighting?
  5. How many cameras do they use?
  6. How many people are in the crew?
  7. What is the editing process? What equipment is used? Is digital editing included?
  8. What special effects are available?
  9. Can you be involved in the editing?
  10. How do they charge?
  11. When will you receive the final product? Who owns the master tape?
  12. How much do copies of the tape cost?
  13. How much of a deposit is required to hold the date? Is the deposit refundable? How much notice is required?

Here is a handy list to help you compare companies.

Videographers shot list

Here are the not to miss photos for the videopghapher

Wedding pictures before the ceremony

Wedding dress lying over a chair
Zipping up or buttoning the wedding dress
Mother of the bride fastening the bride’s necklace
The bride’s garter
The bride’s veil
*The bride’s bouquet
A close up of the brides shoes peeking out from under the dress
Bride looking into a mirror
Bride looking out of window
Bride and bridesmaids putting on makeup
Bride pinning corsage/boutonniere on mother/father
*Bride hugging parents
Bride touching up makeup
*Bride and parents leaving for ceremony
*Bride getting into car
Groom tying tie
Groom looking out of window
Groom pinning corsage/boutonniere on mother/father
Groom hugging parents
Groom and parents leaving for ceremony

Wedding pictures at the ceremony

Outside of ceremony site
Parents arriving at ceremony site
*Guests walking into ceremony site
*Bride and father getting out of car
*Bride and father entering the ceremony site
Parents being seated
Grandparents being seated
Bridesmaids walking down the aisle
*Bride walking up the aisle
*Flower girl and ring bearer walking down the aisle
*Groom (nervously) waiting for bride
Ceremony musicians
Alter or canopy during ceremony
*Close up of bride, just before she makes her entrance
*Bride and father walking down the aisle
*Groom seeing bride for the first time
The back of the bride and father walking down the aisle
Father of the bride and bride hugging at the top of the aisle
Shot of audience from the bride and grooms point of view
*The unity ceremony
*Close up of bride and groom saying the vows
*Wide shot of the bride and groom saying the vows
*Exchanging the rings
Close of up hands
*You may kiss the bride (the kiss)
*Bride and groom walking up the aisle
*Confetti being thrown over bride and groom
*Outside the ceremony site
*Receiving line
*Bride and groom hugging guests, laughing and getting congratulated
Bride and groom getting in car
Bride and groom in back seat

Posed photography before the reception

(these can be taken before the ceremony to save time)
*Bride alone (full length)
Bride with chief bridesmaid
*Bride with bridesmaids
Groom with bridesmaids
*Bride with parents
Bride with siblings
Groom with siblings
*Bride and groom together
*Bride and groom with bride’s parents
*Bride and groom with bride’s immediate family
*Bride and groom with groom’s parents
*Bride and groom with groom’s immediate family
Bride and groom with bride’s siblings
Bride and groom with groom’s siblings
Bride and groom with bride’s entire family
Bride and groom with groom’s entire family
*Bride and groom with entire wedding party
*Bride and groom with flower girl and ring bearer
*Groom with parents
Groom with best man
*Groom with best man and ushers
Bride with best man and ushers

Wedding pictures during the reception

*Bride and groom arriving
*Bride and groom greeting guests
Table centerpieces
Table seating
Bride and grooms table (head table)
Musicians or DJs
Guest book
Place card table
Close up of bride and grooms place card
*Wedding cake
Gift table
Decorations (specify which)
A shot of bride and groom with guests at each table
Bride with school, university and/or friends
Groom with school, university and/or friends
The buffet or dinner serving
*Bride and grooms first dance
*Bride and father dancing
*Groom and mother dancing
Guests dancing
*Bride and groom cutting the cake
Bride and groom feeding each other cake
*Toasts and speeches (specify who is giving them)
Bride and groom drinking champagne
*Signing the marriage license
*Bride throwing bouquet
Groom retrieving garter
Groom throwing garter
The getaway car
Bride and groom leaving party
*Bride and groom driving away

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