What should a wedding video include?

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Shooting the video of a wedding is a big responsibility that comes with a level of stress. The best way to reduce the stress and capture everything the couple wants is to plan the shots and ensure you have the right equipment shooting at the right resolution. Check out Vines of the Yarra Valley wedding venue for your ultimate wedding reception.


Talk with the participants to get a feel for the timeline of the activities so that you can be in the right place at the right time. Work with them to develop a list of important shots, and keep the list with you as you shoot the wedding.


There's so much going on during your wedding that you don't want to miss. The engagement, the invitations, the reception, and the vows themselves—to preserve those memories as they happened or share them with others, video is a must.


Once you have your equipment ready and you have settled on the preferred shooting style, it's time to get the cameras rolling! As the videographer, you should not get to the venue with the wedding parties at the same time. You need to arrive early and consult with the wedding planner or the officiating clergy over the wedding program. Videographers are just as important as wedding DJ!


The essence of this is to let you know where both the bride and the groom will enter the venue, the various sitting arrangements and if there are any special activities out of the normal planned during the day. With this information, you will decide on the best places to have the cameras stationed, and you will also know where you should be and at what time to get the best shots. As a tip, always have the wedding program with you.


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The Classic Style

If you're working with a couple that would like something more traditional, then this is the style they may be referring to. Some couples prefer to have the entire ceremony captured in a continuous video.


With this style comes challenges in both shooting and editing. If they'd like their entire ceremony captured, that means you'll have to set up a multi-cam system. This'll require multiple cameras and multiple camera operators to get the shots you need. You'll also need to mic up the room and place lav mics on the emcee and the couple — if you can. So, if you're looking to give the couple a price quote, make sure to include these extra additions to your final total.


When it comes to editing, you'll be editing in either a multi-cam format or a multiple-track format. Either way, it's going to take you longer to edit this style of video than to edit a small, five-minute highlight reel. While this type of wedding video is a great souvenir to have (to show the folks unable to attend), it comes at a cost.


A truly professional-looking video project incorporates a mix of basic camera movements that will not only enhance the storytelling but will also keep your viewers interested. If you want to bring your videography to the next level and really impress your audiences, you may want to apply a few cinematography techniques.


The techniques you choose to use will greatly depend on your level of creativity and how you want to present the scenes, but it's always ideal to choose just the essential few that will best tell your story. You don't want to overdo them and end up overwhelming your viewers with the visuals rather than with your story.


The Cinematic Style

The "cinematic" style has become the new norm in wedding videography. Most couples want a highly stylized "highlight reel" of the entire day's process: getting ready, the ceremony, the bridal party photos, and the reception. It's kind of like you're creating a video that captures the "feeling" of the day, compared to capturing the reality. This type of video is highly popular among social media users, as well. It's the perfect package to pitch to a couple who want to share their story with the world.

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You can easily shoot this style of video by yourself. All you need is a good run-and-gun set-up — a high-quality DSLR or mirrorless camera, a good gimbal, and some strong arms. You're looking to capture the highlights, which means you can stage things a little bit. Have the couple run through a wheat field. Ask them to stare longingly into each other's eyes. Capture all of these highlights in 60-120 frames per second so that you can slow them down in a post. This is my favourite style of wedding video to shoot since you get to add more of your own creative vision — bringing the wedding to life through a lens.


Editing-wise, it'll almost play out like any other highlight reel you might see on YouTube for an event — attractive visuals, emotional music, and sweeping drone shots. You also get the opportunity to colour grade in interesting ways, which can really capture the feeling of their big day.


The "Blended Package"

This is the package I usually recommend to clients for their wedding video. It's a blend of both the traditional and cinematic styles of wedding videos — capture the entirety of the ceremony (albeit on just one camera), and use another camera on a gimbal to capture cinematic shots. When you shoot in a blended style, you're basically giving yourself a safety net in the edit. If some of your highlight shots don't pan out, you still have the full video of the ceremony to use in a pinch. This is especially important when you need to capture an important part of the ceremony, like the kiss. Say one of your cameras stopped working a second before the kiss — you've got a backup you can use.


Editing in the blended style can also make things easier for you. Since you have so much footage from a dual-camera set-up, piecing together an edit is much easier than pulling from just one. As a bonus, you can also sell the raw video of the ceremony to the couple for a small fee.


Since there are all different kinds of ways to portray a couple's biggest day, it's important to keep in mind that you're working to give the couple their favourite video, not yours. Sure, you can add your own flavor to the pot, but since your client is the one paying the bill, their vision comes first. Always have a pre-wedding meeting to discuss their preferences and expectations. Once you get their input (after showing them all their options), you'll be ready to get out there and shoot some killer video.


Before the ceremony begins, you need to have your camera trained at the entry which will be used by the bride and the groom. Ideally, you need to set up somewhere behind the altar so that you get good and direct shots of the parties as they walk in. Before the parties make their entry, be sure to take some close up shots of the decorations, the flowers and part of the audience.


While the parties make their entry, shoot them while they are walking down the aisle. Do not follow each individual with the camera unless they are doing something unique worth capturing alone. Otherwise, be in a fixed place and take medium shots while allowing each one walk in and out of your focal point.


Here are some of the tips and shots you should never miss during the wedding ceremony-:


Create a trailer

Not all your guests will want to watch the entire wedding video, so condensing the footage into a high impact 'trailer' that shows the highlights set to an energetic soundtrack is a great way to share your memories. Many couples choose to publish their trailer online and then to print a link to it in their thank you cards.


Proposal video

About to pop the question? If you're looking for a proposal idea that'll take their breath away, propose with a video. Even if you don't go with a video proposal, you can still turn to video to document the moment. Ask a friend or a photographer to capture your proposal. Then share an engagement slideshow or proposal recap to announce your engagement.


Bridal party intros

Guests may not know some of the important players on your wedding day, and a quick video on your wedding website explaining who's who can help. It's also a lot less painful than asking bridesmaids and groomsmen for a written bio.


Bridal shower recap

Thank guests who attended your bridal shower—and share a recap for those who couldn't attend—in one, social-ready video.


Wedding invitation video

Video invitations are gaining popularity, and it's easy to see why. They're versatile, paper-free, and wedding guests can't lose them! 


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Story of us video

Before the wedding, you may want to tell friends and family a little bit about your relationship. Out-of-town relatives and old high school buddies might not know you both or have details about how you fell in love. A video that tells your story is a great addition to a wedding website or Facebook group. It's also a fun way to get loved ones excited at a rehearsal dinner or engagement party.

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Preparation Shots

You can take a few shots as the wedding party prepares, but some, such as the groom pinning on his boutonniere, require some staging (or good timing).


Before the ceremony, look for these shots:

  • Bride and bridesmaids are getting ready.
  • Exterior shot of the church or venue.
  • Interior wide shot of the church or venue.
  • Altar.
  • Flowers.
  • Wedding program.
  • Groom and ushers are hanging out.
  • Pinning boutonniere on the groom.


A giddy feeling is in the air. Your closest friends and family surround you as you have your hair pinned up and makeup applied ever so carefully. Make sure to capture the toasts, giggles, and tears in the moments leading up to "I do!"


While you spend the morning getting glammed up, don't forget that your groom and his gents are also prepping for the day ahead.

Wedding favours

Video can make a sweet wedding favour or thank you gift for bridesmaids and groomsmen.


If you are your future hubby are planning on exchanging gifts, make sure your videographer is nearby to capture these moments. Additionally, if a love letter is included, make sure to read it aloud so your thoughtful words can be used as the background for other shots in the film.


The Ceremony

Generally, the ceremony is the hardest part of the wedding to film. If possible, bring along an assistant who can record from a second angle. Views of both the groom's face and the bride walking down the aisle, for example, make for interesting, poignant footage.


Other parts of the ceremony to shoot include:

  • Guests being escorted down the aisle.
  • Guests are sitting, reading programs, and talking.
  • Family members are entering the venue or church.
  • Father is kissing the bride and handing her off to the groom.
  • The ceremony. Record it all if you have space, and edit later.
  • The must-have shots mentioned previously of the groom at the altar, the processional and bride's entrance, the first kiss and the recessional.


If you have two cameramen, have one capture you walking down the aisle and the other film your groom's face the first moment he sees you. If you only have one videographer, ask a family member to {discretely} film the groom and ask to have this footage added to the final cut.


Must-Have Wedding Shots

There's only one first kiss at the end of the ceremony. If you miss it, there is no re-do. Good planning puts you in the right place to capture these must-have moments.


Traditional wedding video shots that should be part of every wedding video include:

  • Groom is waiting at the altar.
  • Processional with bride's entrance.
  • Vow recital.
  • First kiss as a married couple.
  • Recessional.
  • First dance.
  • Cake cutting.
  • Bouquet toss.
  • Father-daughter dance.
  • Best man and maid of honour toasts.


There isn't a whole lot of extra that can be filmed with just one camera. This camera has to be focused on the main action of the ceremony and not on the smaller details, or some of the ceremonies will be missed. Great footage can still be taken with one camera, but you will miss out on some of the details.


Make sure you are allocated a good enough spot for your videographer to get your walk down the aisle as well as a good vantage point of the ceremony.


This may require some moving around for the videographer.


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Film guest messages

Make the wedding photo booth even more fun by adding a video component. Let guests share their good wishes for the new couple or just get silly with props. If you’re looking for the best Video Company in Melbourne then look no further. Check out Vines of the Yarra Valley’s ultimate list. 


Can be with a wedding party, parents, grandparents, officiant, or any extremely talkative guest. Interviews help tremendously with the flow of a wedding trailer.


Having your guests record filmed messages for your wedding video isn't an entirely new idea, but it adds a very personal touch to the finished product. Try setting up a separate video room with a comfortable sofa and a static video camera, so your guests feel less self-conscious about recording their message in front of other people.


The Reception

The time for the party has finally arrived! Your videographer will mostly be filming the reception events as they happen, along with a little dancing. Again, if you have a second videographer, they will be able to get more close-ups and details of the event.


Make sure to utilize your videographer to the fullest. Instead of having them stand there filming dancing from a tripod after the main events, make sure they get the camera off the tripod and travel around the room a little bit. Have them get right in the middle of the dancing, talking to guests, and getting an update from you and your new spouse on how the night is going.


Expect the footage to be loud in the background, but the point is to capture the fun and festive atmosphere, not to get perfect audio.


With the tough business of filming the ceremony over, you can relax a bit and have fun at the reception. In addition to the shots previously mentioned, look for these opportunities:

  • Arriving at the reception hall
  • Exterior shot of reception site.
  • Guests signing guestbook.
  • Receiving line.
  • Champagne toast.
  • Cocktail hour.
  • Servers are passing food.
  • Ice sculpture.
  • Table tags.
  • Gift table.
  • Wide shot of reception room.
  • Close-up of place settings.
  • Guest favours.
  • Centrepiece.
  • Blessing.
  • First dance of couple.
  • Cake cutting.
  • Bouquet toss.
  • Garter removal.
  • Last dance of the evening.
  • The newlyweds' exit.


You spent hours carefully selecting the colour scheme, linens, flower arrangements, and décor. Make sure all of this hard work is captured before your guests arrive.


The reception is usually a bit casual with a lot of funny things worth capturing. It is recommended that you get to know the reception venue beforehand and decide on the best places for you to set up your equipment. Be sure to capture all the highlights such as the couple's entry into the venue, the cutting of the cake, the toast, first dance and also the bouquet toss. Don't forget to take some close shots of the venue, the registration book, the cake before they cut it, the table settings, the invitations and any other thing which might look conspicuous and worth capturing.


It is also recommended that you don't give much attention to people eating or messing up themselves with food. It would be embarrassing for such people to see themselves once the video is out, and your conduct and professionalism may be doubted.


Use a professional soundtrack

Setting your wedding video footage to a soundtrack might not sound that complicated, but making the images and music work seamlessly together can be quite tricky. A professional editor will make sure the tempo of the music fits well with each section of the video, and that scene changes in the video are exactly on the beat of the music. Don't just limit yourself to music. Using the audio of the father of the bride's speech over a photo montage of the bride getting ready can quickly bring a tear to the eye.


The Unexpected

Even with a prepared list of shots, be open to unexpected opportunities to capture the mood of the day. Watch for the ring bearer and flower girl to giggle or play. Record a glance between the newlyweds, a spontaneous (or planned) group dance, or the happy tears of a parent. These emotional moments add immensely to the wedding video.


Ultimately, you need to remember that this is the most important day in the couple's life. Respect and professionalism must go hand in hand. Strive at all times and dedicate your thoughts, efforts and energies in getting the best shots. At the end of the day, you will have a wedding video that the couple will love and you will always be proud of your work and contribution to the success of the big day.


Hopefully, this wedding video shot list has given you some great ideas to ask of your wedding videographer

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