Weddings are one of the most special days in our lives. A wedding is the start of something beautiful that will grow through the years and produce untold happiness. An event so special needs to be captured on video and today I want to talk about how to make a video for a wedding.
There are many different ways to capture an event like a wedding and you could literally be told how to do this correctly 100 different ways. Today I’m going to focus on the basic elements of capturing a wedding on video and you will be able to build on these steps to grow into a multi camera production if you like.
A lot of capability has to do with your experience and your budget. Today let’s go about our project as a single camera operation. If you have more cameras available just follow these steps for each camera you have in play.
Steps To Make A Video For A Wedding
Step 1. Talk With The Bride And Groom – The very first thing you need to do when you are going to video a wedding is to meet with the bride and groom and ask them what they want. Ask them what are the most important moments they want captured, ask them what they have in mind for a good wedding video, ask them where the wedding will take place, ask them for a time table of events, find out if the wedding will be indoors or outdoors,ask them a lot of questions and figure out how they would make the video for themselves if they could do the project.
Take the time to get to know the bride and groom. By meeting with them and asking them some questions you will learn a lot about how your video project needs to go and what will be expected of you. Sometimes the bride and groom will have no idea and they will be leaning on your expertise to get the job done correctly.
Ask the bride and groom for a list of questions they would like for you to ask their guest. Ask the bride and groom who they would like to capture on video for a short interview about the special day.
Step 2. Put Together A Plan – Now that you have met with the bride and groom and talked about what is important to them it’s time to put together a plan on how you will capture the special day on video. You should know where the wedding is taking place and how the wedding events for the day will unfold.
Make your plan around the information you gathered from the bride and groom. Your job is to capture video and you need to be in the right places at the right time. You also need to be out of everyone’s way as much as possible. Keep in mind this is a wedding. This is a special day for the bride and groom. This is not an event put on for the photographer and video crew. Capture all the special moments you were requested to, but try to stay out of everyone’s way as much as possible.
Plan on having a smile on your face and being a great host to everyone you come in contact with. This will put everyone at ease and make them more comfortable around you. DO NOT go around interrupting everyone and jamming a video camera in their face. This will kill the energy of the whole event.
More than likely the bride and groom will have given you some instructions on who they specifically want to capture on video. When you go to these people politely introduce yourself and ask their permission to get some video of them as requested by the bride and groom. This will help put them at ease and makes for a much better video.
Plan for the unexpected. Weddings are magical and you can bet something is going to happen that is not suppose to. Remember you are a host and a professional. The goal is to help the bride and groom have as close to perfect day as possible. Make yourself available to help the bride and groom pull off their special day without a hitch.
Step 3. Make A Script – Put together a list of questions you can ask people. More than likely the bride and groom gave you some questions you can ask people and if not put together some light hearted and fun questions you can ask people.
You could ask fun questions like what is your favorite memory of the bride or the groom. How long you have known the bride or groom. What is your wish for their future, etc.
You will not have to talk a lot but remember you are going to be the voice on camera for the bride and groom and it’s important that you speak well and ask great questions, be a friendly host, and remember to make people feel at ease.
Step 4. Video The Wedding – Now it’s time to capture the wedding on video. You should have a good plan in place because you planned, you asked lot’s of questions and you have a good idea of how the day will unfold.
The big day starts with everyone arriving. Capture footage of the event before everyone arrives, capture footage of people arriving, do short interviews with the bride, groom, parents, pastor, etc.
The tricky part may be how to capture the actual exchange of vows between the couple. You will need to talk with the bride and groom and see if you can place a camera on a tripod to capture the vows up close or give them options that will work based on the venue you are in. A little GoPro camera on the pastor might be cool!
Capture all the video footage you can. It’s best to get your footage in short clips when possible. Some things will need to be captured from start to finish and that is fine.
You will not be the only person there getting video. You can talk to the friends of the bride and groom who will be capturing their own video footage and see if you can use some of their footage for the wedding video. Often times they will be able to get some really cool and unique video footage of the event.
Step 5. Create A Master Video Of The Wedding – Now that the wedding is over you will want to put all your video clips, photos, and memorabilia together in one master video. You will need a good video creation software package to get the job done correctly. If you have a good software package you like to use then you are all set to go. If you do not have a good video creation software package then I recommend Explaindio $59 or VideoMaker FX $47.
The first thing you need to do is upload all your video to the computer you will be doing your editing on and save it where you can easily find the video. Next scan in any photos, and memorabilia that you want to use in your video.
Once you have all your raw footage and photos scanned in to the computer it’s time to open up you software and start creating your master video. The best way to do this is start piecing everything together on the video timeline in your software.
You may want to look at this and piece it together as the day unfolded. Place your video clips and photos on the timeline and edit them until you are satisfied. You can also add a voice over to the project where it fits in and also you can do some soft music in the background called a soundbed.
Once you have your video all pieced together it’s time to save the project so you can come back later and make some changes. You will always want to make changes so Make Sure You Save The Video Editing Portion Of Your Work! Very Important!
Now you also need to take your master video and export it into an HD video file and save the master video file in a safe place. Because your master video file is on your computer you can send it anywhere you like. You can even upload your video to YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and other places you may want to.
I will leave some instructions below to help you upload your video to YouTube and other social media below.
Share the master video with the bride and groom first before releasing the video to anyone else. They may want you to make some changes or they may love the video but give them control as to the final approval.
Wrap It Up
These are just some basic steps that will help you put together a successful wedding video. The best thing you can do is put together a good plan and capture as much footage as possible. Work with the bride and groom prior to the wedding day and take your time editing together a final master video.
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