A great wedding video is more than just a mere recording of the event; it is a visual story that can transport the viewer back to that special day, evoking the emotions and memories that made it so significant.
What is a wedding video?
A great wedding video is essentially a love story told through the lens of a camera.
It begins with the “getting ready” shots, transitions into the emotional vows of the ceremony itself, captures the heartfelt toasts, and ends with the celebration – creating a cohesive, emotionally charged story.
A great wedding videographer has the amazing knack of being everywhere at once, capturing the intricate details of the day, such as the flowers, the dress, the decorations, and the expressions on people's faces.
How do you create a great wedding video?
1) Quality Video Equipment:
Professional cameras, lenses, and stabilising gear are essential for capturing clear and steady footage. Additionally, good audio equipment is crucial to capture the vows and speeches.
A good videographer will use several back-up devices, “just-in-case”.
Aerial drones are often used to capture stunning aerial shots of the venue and surroundings.
2) Skilled Wedding Videography:
A skilled videographer knows how to frame shots, use different angles, and adapt to changing lighting conditions, especially “the Spanish golden hour” at sunset.
They are adept at capturing candid moments, emotions, and intricate details.
3) Wedding Video Editing:
A great wedding video is not just a chronological sequence of events; it's a beautifully edited piece that captures the essence of the day. The editor should know when to speed up, slow down, and where to insert emotional moments. Editing is where the magic happens!
Most wedding videos range from 1 to 20 minutes, with a shorter highlight reel for social media posts and a longer, more in-depth version for those who want to relive the entire day.
4) Wedding Video Music:
The choice of music plays a significant role in setting the mood and tone of the wedding video. The right music can enhance the emotions and storytelling, creating a truly personal video that reflects the couple’s personalities.
Great wedding videos are created by great wedding videographers!
A great wedding video can only be created by a great wedding videographer!
Talk to other couples, read reviews, look at a videographer’s social media posts as well as their website until you find one, who’s style you love and whom you feel you can be comfortable around and relax with on your special day.
With the right combination of storytelling, equipment, and editing, a great wedding video can be a cherished keepsake that transports viewers back to that special day, time and time again.
Featured photo by kind permission of Luna Vandoorne @lunavadeboda
Author bio: Debbie Skyrme is "Celebrant Spain". Award winning bilingual destination wedding celebrant officiating elopements, vow renewals and wedding ceremonies in the Spanish sunshine.