These are some notes I give to my clients before their wedding day. These will help you get the most out of me for your video, but overall the best thing a client can do for me is to be happy in the moment and enjoy their day. I love candid shots and when I get genuine happiness and emotion caught on camera, they are always my favourite clips (as well as my clients).
(Feel free to pass these notes along to your parents, MOH and Best Man as they will be your right-hand people on your wedding)
Less is more for locations. It’s best for me to have about 3-4 locations that are relatively close to each other. Sometimes couples want to go to numerous places for a quick shot or two, this doesn’t really work well for setting up video so if you want the most out of me, try to keep it under 3 locations.
Try to have rooms where you will be getting ready clutter-free and relatively clean. Wedding weeks can be hectic and usually friends/family are visiting so it can be tough to do this. Most rooms that have space and good natural lighting will work.
No chewing gum on the day of please.
Ignore the video camera and try not to look at it. Just act like yourself and have fun!
Brides: Try not to store handkerchiefs or anything in your bust area, it can be distracting if caught on camera 🙂
Please ask at the ceremony that nobody take photos/video. It is very easy to ruin a special photo/video of your ceremony by someone jumping in front of the camera or even just having someone in the background with a device lit up. There are cute signs on Pinterest that are cheap and easy to make that say “we want to see your smiles, not your camera/phones” and other variations of these. If you are afraid of sounding like a bridezilla or a groomzilla by asking this from your guests, feel free to tell them it was by request of the videographer (me)!
Close the church doors. It looks great when the doors are closed after the maid of honour reaches the front of the church/ceremony, reopened to reveal the bride, then closed as she comes down the aisle.
Ask your bridal party and close family members to keep cell phone/camera/ipad usage to a minimum and to just enjoy the day as it happens. Sometimes we have family members and bridal party members that are often taking photos or texting and it is hard to get natural shots of them. We’ll make sure you get great footage!
Plan food for your bridal party after the ceremony. They often get hungry then or during the photo outing and you don’t want to have to take time out of your photo session to feed them. Pre-made sandwiches are great and can be eaten anywhere.
Hope for the best but plan for the worst. Do what you can to prepare for unexpected hiccups. Have a emergency wedding day kit just in case (sewing kit, tide to go, pepto bismol etc.) If anything goes wrong on the day of though, just roll with it. At the end of the day you will be getting married surrounded by your friends and family and nothing compares to that so don’t sweat the small stuff 🙂