Part 1 of my guide on simple tips to ensure you not only have the best wedding day possible, but that you also get amazing wedding films and photos.
7 questions and tips for films and photos at your wedding venue
What's the parking like?...
Please ask your venue what arrangements they have for parking for photographers and videographers, as well as for your guests.
If there isn't a lot of parking you might want to consider a wedding bus or suggesting shared cars or taxis for guests.
If I need to allow time for finding parking as well as transporting my equipment, this will eat into filming time, so parking on site really helps with getting more filming time, which will result in a more interesting film!
If you're using multiple venues for your wedding, bear in mind that photographers and videographers need to be 'ahead' of you, and allow travelling and set up time in each place, which may limit what they can film as a solo shooter. For example, if you're getting ready at home and you want the first look from your father when you're in your dress filmed you'll either need a second shooter, or do this early enough, or 'stage' it so the videographer can then get to the ceremony venue before you to be ready.
It goes without saying that if you want both bride and groom preparation filmed and you're in different venues then you will definitely need a second shooter.
Rehearsals and pre-wedding shoots
If you have the option of a wedding rehearsal or a pre-wedding shoot, I definitely recommend this. You'll be able to 'walk' through the day and see immediately any practical considerations that could affect timings or the order of things.
If I'm free I'm more than happy to come along as well, although I might need to charge, depending on travel expenses. It's a great time to meet and get to know each other better, and also get some relaxed couple shots and audio to personalise your wedding film.
Ready for more tips?
If you have any questions or want advice, please feel free to contact me. I'd rather someone asked me lots of questions than not enough, and was disappointed because something got missed out on the day itself.
Part II covers some questions and tips you might want to consider when planning the timeline of your wedding day...