By Stephanie Yun of Ace of Hearts Films
You want your wedding day to be perfect. You’ve got all of the details worked out. If you’re planning on hiring a videographer to shoot your wedding, there are a few things you can do to make sure your video turns out great. We’ve put together 6 simple tips you may not have thought of that will help your videographer (and your photographer too) create a video you will cherish for years to come.
1) THE AISLE
With more & more guests taking pictures during the ceremony, it’s best to have a nice wide aisle. As much as you love Uncle Bob, we doubt that you want his head or iPad to block our shot of your first kiss. We’ve also seen couples tie ribbons from chair to chair down the aisle (from front to back), with guests entering from the sides. That way well-intentioned guests with cameras won’t step into the aisle during your ceremony & block our view of you (your photographer also appreciates this!) Better yet, post a polite sign letting your guests know that you’ve hired pros to take care of photos and video and to just enjoy the ceremony.
2) THE VOWS
The best way to hear your vows clearly on your wedding video is to have us place a small lapel mic on the groom or your officiant. If your package includes more than one mic, and your officiant will be speaking into a mic hooked to a sound system, we can also plug directly into the sound system.
Many couples stand with their backs to their guests and face their officiant. The result? The backs of your heads (or your photographer/videographer walking around behind your wedding party, which is distracting to guests). Instead, stand with your bodies facing each other, but turn your heads toward your officiant while he/she is speaking. Don’t forget to hold hands and really look at each other during your vows.
4) YOUR VEIL
If you wear a veil, make sure it rests behind your shoulders instead of in front of them (your maid of honor can help you with this)… that way your guests can see your face instead of your veil.
If you have an outdoor wedding, visit your ceremony site a day or so before your wedding at the same time of day your ceremony will take place. Will the sun be in your eyes, causing you to squint? Will your arbor cast odd shadows on your faces.
6) UNITY CANDLES
As you can imagine, we’ve seen many unity candle malfunctions over the years. An easy fix is to burn each wick for a minute or so at some point before your ceremony. They’ll light much easier. A wind-safe alternative is unity sand or a wine ceremony.