10 Tips For Working With Your Wedding Videographer
It’s your wedding day! The emotions are high, and the love is strong. You are about to marry your best friend, can you believe it? You wait for your cue to walk down the aisle, and hear the crowd giggle as your flower girl stumbles her way through her shining moment. Before you know it, you’re sealing the deal with a kiss and the celebrations begin.
The next day you wake up and start reminiscing on how perfect your day was. Your maid of honor had the room in tears during her speech, and your dance party could have gone all night long! While you’re confident the details were beautiful, do you remember every moment of the ceremony? Or what your maid of honor said that was so touching? Odds are, probably not! There is so much happening on your wedding day, and it can be a lot to take in. It’s easy to forget what exactly was said during those special moments, but that’s why you have your videographer.
Your videographer will capture those small and intimate details, and the moments that you weren’t a part of, giving you a way to relive your wedding day over and over again - exactly as it happened. You probably want to do all that you can to have a good working relationship with your wedding videographer because they’ll work hard to create meaningful videos for you. We're sharing 10 of our best tips to help you and your videographer thrive on your wedding day!
1. Fill out your profiles
When working with Bellagala, we have these amazing videography profiles that you fill out before the big day. By filling this out, you are giving your videographer all the necessary information for them to best capture your day! From your profile they will gather information about your wedding details, and what you want to get out of your wedding video.
2. Nail down your morning plans
The morning of your wedding is filled with so much excitement and anticipation. As you plan the details of that morning, consider where you'll be getting ready. A location with tons of natural light will be amazing for your videographer (and hair and makeup team!). Also, keeping that space clean and organized will ensure your backdrop in the video will look beautiful & cohesive.
3. Add buffer time
It’s never a bad idea to add some buffer time to your wedding timeline, but this is especially great for your videographer. This allows your videographer extra time to make sure all the necessary people are mic’d, so that they capture every sweet reaction & word throughout the day. This also gives them time to take some additional footage of the property, details, and any random dance parties that may occur!
4. Consider a first look
While we fully support any couple that wants to wait until the aisle to see each other, a first look is so helpful for your videographer. By doing a first look, your videographer can truly focus on each of your reactions and capture that private special moment between the two of you. Then when it’s time for the ceremony, they can show your parents’ reactions as you walk down the aisle, and your best friend ugly cry for you as you say “I do.”
5. Share your wedding vision
Throughout the planning process, you've worked hard to nail down every detail and create a beautiful wedding day. By communicating the overall vision that you have for your wedding with your videographer, you are setting them up for success. They'll know if you want a highlight film with a romantic feel or more of a party vibe. They'll know which details mean the most to you, and of any surprise details you have lined up for the wedding day.
6. Communicate your videography dreams
While you probably chose your videographer because of their unique style, it’s still important to communicate any specific hopes you want for your wedding video. For example, if you’re reading letters to each other before you see one another, and those letters hold a strong significance to you both, it’s important for your videographer to know that so that they are sure to capture that moment & include it in your highlight reel. Other additional important details to communicate with your videographer are things like specific shots you want (veil shots, popping a champagne bottle, your entrance into the reception, etc.).
7. Communicate with your VIPs
Communication is key - especially when it comes to your VIPs! Your VIPs would be anybody needing to be mic’d for a speech, and anybody included in photos. Communicate with them what time they are needed, if they need a mic, and exactly where to meet. This will save your videographer the stress & time of trying to hunt down anyone!
8. Think about your other vendors
There are a lot of moving parts involved in your wedding day, and it’s so important to make sure they are all prepared for what each other needs too! Connect with your other vendors to let them know that you’re having a videographer. This will help your photographer to prep matching timelines, get your DJ to start thinking about how to best direct the grand entrance, and prep your officiant for being on camera. Making sure all your vendors know the details about your videographer will help make the wedding day go so smoothly!
9. Prep your reception details
We know you've worked hard to create a beautiful event, and your videographer wants to capture all of those details. Ask your other vendors ahead of time if they can try and have the reception space set and ready to go a little early so that your videographer can capture those details before your guests transition into that space.
10. Any Questions? Ask your videographer!
The last tip we have for you to create a pleasant working relationship with your videographer is to ask them questions. Ask them if there's anything you can do to help make their job easier, or what other details they may need from you. Asking simple questions like this shows that you care about your videographer and that you genuinely want to help them achieve their best results. Setting up an open environment like this for your videographer will encourage them to thrive, and allow everyone to have the best time on the wedding day! Is there anything better than that?
If you're still looking for a wedding videographer, Bellagala offers many amazing videography packages that will fit any need. Contact us today to learn more about our availability, pricing, and artists.