The Golden Rules of Wedding Videography – General Tips for the Bride and Groom
Now that we’ve covered specific tips for both the bride and the groom, here are the Golden Rules of wedding videography. Break one and you’re condemned to suffer the wrath of the wedding videography gods. Well, not exactly, but you get the drift.
1) Act Natural: In psychology, this is called the Observer Effect. The perfect example are the so-called “housemates” of the famous reality show Big Brother. Don’t act. No one appreciates contrived or staged behavior in a wedding. In order to be comfortable with the camera around, spend a few days before your wedding with your videographer. Also, you can ask your videographer to position the cameras below eye level so you’re not face-to-face with them.
2) Mind your posture: Unless you’re channeling the Hunchback of Notre Dame, maintain the proper posture all throughout the ceremony.
3) No Gum: Whatever happens, never ever chew gum. It’s distracting and unsightly. Not to mention that it goes against age-old wedding etiquettes. Use breath mints instead.
4) Keep the Videographer Informed: Don’t forget to brief your videographer about the program. If you have a wedding planner helping you out, he or she can make sure that this is done. This is to make sure that your videographer does not miss out on the important moments of your wedding and that he or she can make the necessary adjustments. For example, he might want to move in closer or take a close-up shot while you and your loved one are putting the wedding rings on each other’s fingers.
5) Forget the Stress: Don’t be your own wedding’s party pooper. Stress shows and you don’t want to look all haggard in your wedding video. It’s your wedding. Savor the moment and all the emotions and enjoy the day. Don’t rain on your own parade.
6) Manage your guests: If there are toddlers who are going to be present during the ceremony, you have to have ushers or wedding coordinators to ask the parents to control them during the ceremony. This goes for the other guests as well. You don’t want to be too uptight, but you also don’t want your videographer to miss a great shot just because someone suddenly stood up to leave for the bathroom just as you are saying your vows.
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