If you know how to film a wedding, you may become the go-to guy with friends and family when it comes to recording this important memory. You want to be sure that you do the best job possible and provide everyone with something they can enjoy years from now. Take your time and check out some of these suggestions.
- Get the date and time straight. If you are going to be filming a wedding, the most important information is where you need to be and when. You may want to mark it in your calendar.
- Make sure you have all of your supplies. You want to make sure you have the following things with you on the day of the wedding: camera, extra tapes/DVDs, batteries, tripod, and maybe a backup camera.
- Get there with plenty of time to set up. You may want to ask the bride and the groom if they want you to film them getting ready. If this is the case, you need to be there extra early. Find out if you need to start at the wedding location or at the place everyone is getting ready.
- Wherever you are filming, set up the tripod in one place. Think about how the ceremony will go and set up the tripod in the most central location without being in the way of the ceremony. This way, if you need to move, you can, but you have a place you can always come back to.
- Do a little test filming. If you are using a digital video camera, you can take some video of the area and replay it to see if you have the right angle and lighting. If you don't make adjustments before the beginning of the ceremony.
- When the wedding starts, you want to make sure that you get everything that happens. From the mother of the bride to the happy couple walking down the aisle together at the end of the ceremony, you want to make sure the camera is running.
- If you are going to film at the reception, head over there are soon as the wedding ceremony is over. Set up and consider getting out some new batteries if you think you are getting close to needing them. Better to change them in advance than to run out as the couple's first dance is taking place.
- During the reception in between the filming each of the special events, go around the room and get the people at each table on film. Many times, the bride and groom don't get a chance to go around and talk to everyone, so you can be sure they know who was there. If people are shy or don't know what to do, encourage them to give some best wishes to the happy couple.