Tips on how to make a wedding video

Tips on how to make a wedding video (for none professionals)

When your budget won’t stretch to paying for a videographer or wedding video company, it is still possible to capture your special day on video. You may even prefer a more ‘raw’ artsy record of your wedding. You may want the making of your wedding video to be part of what your guests get involved in doing on the day – use one camera and pass it around or ask people to video with their own cameras as and when they want to and ask them to send their video to you.

Clearly designate a person (or people)

Whatever the reason you’re doing your video this way clearly designate the one person you’ve chosen to record your wedding. Make sure they know you’re relying on them to film it but make it very clear that you’re not expecting a cinematic result. Make them feel special – it will mean more to you that the person has done it for you rather than the end result.

Here are my tips for the amateur wedding videographer:

Use Whatever Camera You Can Get

Whatever camera you’ve got – use it. But whatever it is, make sure the battery has enough charge to get what you want. And, if it’s done on a mobile phone, please turn it on its side, so it’s a widescreen.

Use a Tripod

And whatever camera you do use, please use a tripod whenever you can. Don’t move about any more than you have to. Try and plan where you have to be and stay there.

Move Slowly

If you do have to move, move slowly, move smoothly – try and make it feel that your movement is part of the shot.

Speak to Your Photographer

Most people always have a professional/semi-professional photographer. Speak to that person. Let them know that you’re having your wedding video filmed this way. Ask for their help and support. And let the photographer know that some of the filming will take place when they’re setting up their own shots.

Stay Close Enough to Hear

Hearing the wedding is just as important as the visual shots – it’s part of the atmosphere. So keep as close to the ‘action’ as possible – especially the ceremony and the speeches. Don’t step so far back that you’re zooming in all the time – especially if this may mean the image and/or so the happy couple are too small in the screen. But also make sure the videographer’s not crowding out the couple – getting in the way on the first kiss or first dance.

Keep Recording

Whatever you do, when you start recording, don’t be too quick to stop – again, especially the ceremony and the speeches. Make sure you record everything and a bit more – sometimes there are some real moments to savour when the pressure’s off.

Make Editing Easy

If everything has been recorded, plus a bit more, then the editing is made much easier. You can then make a choice what you can leave out – not the videographer. If you haven’t got it, you can’t use it.

Just Because

Photographs are great records of your wedding. But a video, especially the voices and the noise, are great records too – they’re the atmosphere of your special day. Even if the videographer is pointing at something specific – someone may say something, off camera, but still recorded. These moments are priceless. They’ll be things the videographer sees and records that you wouldn’t have known happened.

People say and do lovely things at weddings. People say funny things, not just in their speeches. Give yourself as much chance as possible to have these things as a record of the special day – they’re priceless and didn’t cost you anything to have.

You may want to read my: SIMPLE TIPS FOR BETTER VIDEOS

Trevor Cottam
Keystone Digital
Video Production, Photography and Digital Marketing

Keystone: Wedding Videos