Most couples have never planned a wedding let alone hired a cinematographer. Most have no idea what to expect or what to plan for. So we have created a tips list to help you plan for our services and know what we need to create for you the very best wedding film possible. Here’s what we have come up with!!
Tips To Get A Fabulous Wedding Film
These are tips to keep in mind while you are planning your wedding day timeline
Time For Interviews
Couple interviews are what couples love about Serendipity wedding films. Build 15 minutes into your timeline at the start of our cinematography time to complete them – preferably before you get dressed. If we don’t do them right away they are impossible to get done later in the day.
Location, Location, Location
The Getting Ready footage is some of the best footage in your film. Think about your Getting Ready location: Is it well lit with lots of natural light? Visually appealing? Clean? Roomy enough for your bridal party, Photographer and Cinematographer? These are all important things to consider when choosing a location.
Creating Beautiful Lighting
Cameras don’t operate well in low lighting. It is important to consider lighting in every aspect of your day to get the most flattering footage possible. Think about the light at your Getting Ready location, the Ceremony site and the Reception. If there is not enough lighting, think about bringing some in. (Oh and uplighting is not considered “light” in our book!)
Gone are the days of hours alone with your Photographer on your Wedding Day. To create the most beautiful wedding film possible, we need some shots with you too, and we don’t want to ruin your Photographers mojo by encroaching on their time or shouting out poses we need from you. Block out about 15 minutes of time for your cinematographer separate of your Photographer so that we can get the shots that we need for your wedding film, ideally at the beginning of the shoot.
Doing a First Look
98% of couples do a First Look these days, and we highly recommend it. It allows us to get some spectacular footage of a hugely meaningful moment that you will be able to look back at and remember forever. It allows your Photographer and Cinematographer time to be more creative throughout the day, instead of racing against the clock trying to get all shooting done after the Ceremony.
Consider an “Unplugged Wedding”
You are paying a lot of money for us to capture your day, so ask your guests to be present in the moment and put away the phones and and cameras. When they are busy with their iphones and ipads they get in our way and ruin the very shots you are paying us to get.
Talk with your catering manager about feeding your vendors when the bridal party eats. If we are fed after the guests, we don’t get enough time to hydrate and nourish ourselves and we could miss the start of your reception.