Tips for perfect wedding day videos and photos

9 mistakes to avoid on your wedding day…

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Not having a wedding video

Did you know that 93% of couples who don’t get a professional wedding video regret it?

Photos and the videos are the only things that really last, and gain value after the event. For example the smiling face of a grandparent who’s no longer with you, or a video of you dancing with your father.

Or maybe you have friends and family that can’t be with you, and this is a way they can feel part of your day.

Hiring friends instead of professionals

Your friend from college or work may have an amazing Instagram profile, but don’t you want someone who knows their way around professional equipment and editing software? And if you don’t like what they do, it can get incredibly awkward, and you risk losing a friend. Professional wedding vendors should be at the top of your budget.

Investing in professional vendors means you can rely on them. They do this every weekend, they have experience, and your purchase is usually backed by a contract. Let your friends and family attend as guests…

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Not having a wet weather plan

It’s amazing how often people picture their wedding to be warm and sunny, even though we live in a country where it often isn’t!

If you’re prepared and have a backup option for where the ceremony will take place if it pours with rain, then it won’t matter, and you and your friends will be comfortable and still enjoy themselves.

Don’t forget to factor in the temperature as well as the rain, so you have a nice jacket or cover-up to wear if you need it – and maybe even wedding wellies if you’re outside!

Not checking the wedding venue

If you’re planning on having wedding photos and videos, the most important thing is to have enough light, especially if love the look of natural light. A nicely decorated room with attractive dressing tables or mirrors and beautiful windows makes for stunning bridal preparation photos and video.

When you go and check the venue out, also take into account how long it takes to get from place to place, so you can factor this into you wedding timeline. If you can have a rehearsal, I’d jump at this, and invite your photographer and videographer, and your planner if you’re having one.

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Ad-libbing the speeches

I cannot stress how amazing it is for wedding videos when you have guests or family that have really thought through their speeches to personalise them for the couple and their family and friends. It can often make the difference between a regular video and one that makes you laugh or bring tears to your eyes at the emotional bits. And it makes your wedding really really unique to you.

There is plenty of help available—online websites, or companies that specialise in helping to write speeches or poems that will wow everyone at the reception.

Not planning a timeline

It’s so important to have a organised timeline for your wedding, as this is critical for working with suppliers and managing expectations on the day, for example, if your bridal preparation location is in a different place from the ceremony, your photographer and videographer will need to factor this in and you may need to compromise on what can be captured, or have an additional shooter. It also helps a huge amount in reducing the stress levels, especially if you allow plenty of contingency.

Start with the timings given by your venue and then you can work backwards from the time you finish to the start of the day.

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Not telling people the plan

Definitely send out your timeline (or a condensed version of it) to your guests, it’ll help get them excited about your day, and most people like to know what to expect and when. This is especially important for larger and more elaborate weddings, where you may need people to get from ‘A’ to ‘B’ by a certain time!

At each stage of the day, think about how people will know where they’re meant to be, and who’s going to help with making sure it all goes to plan.

Not updating your suppliers…

Okay, this might seem obvious, but it happens more often than you’d think! I remember one job when I was working as a second shooter and I turned up at the hotel for bridal preparation, only to find the bride not there, and it took another hour to get to the new venue.

Don’t worry about contacting suppliers ‘too much’, they’d rather be well-informed, than mistaken—we all want you to have a fantastic day.

It’s a really good idea to have a catch-up with suppliers a week or two before the wedding day to run through the timeline and the details to check everyone’s on the same page.

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Wearing high heels all day…

It might sound like a small detail, but your footwear has a massive impact on the enjoyment of your day.

If you want to wear high heels, wear them for the ceremony and official pictures, and change to fun flats for the reception.

Nothing makes breaking it down on the dance floor less enjoyable than uncomfortable shoes and potential blisters. And being able to change into more comfortable shoes gives you more freedom in choosing walks or locations for great photos and videos, and to be warm and comfortable at the same time.

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Parting words…

These are just a few of the things to consider when planning for your wedding day. The most important thing is to plan so you don’t have to stress and can relax and enjoy it!

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about photography or video for your wedding day.

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