tips for an incredible wedding film

There are some things you can do to ensure the best wedding film possible. Here are a few of them:

Getting the most from your film: 

The more video and audio content we capture, the more compelling your wedding film will be. Pre-wedding activities like golfing, fishing, pool days, or walks on the beach will add enormous interest to your wedding story. On your actual wedding day - recording letters written to/from one another will have a large emotional impact on the story’s narrative. Even if the letters end up being a bit more personal than you’d like to have in your wedding film, it’s still great to have them to keep privately.

Bridal/Groom preps: 

  • Remember - natural light! You’ll look best on camera with soft natural sunlight as opposed to harsh light bulb lighting commonly found in salons or hotel rooms. Try to have your makeup artist use a space closest to a window if possible

  • Upon arriving in the room(s) you'll get ready in, have someone set aside your rings, shoes and any special personal items for detail shots

  • Consider a first look with your parents or wedding party

Audio: 

As you may know by now, our films are narrated by your ceremony vows and your loved ones' toasts at the reception and rehearsal dinner (if rehearsal dinner is added). We aim to capture the cleanest and highest quality audio during your wedding day. In the years prior to high end wedding films being around, a band or DJ provided the microphone a toast-giver spoke from. So season after season we filmed weddings where catastrophic microphone issues occurred during a toast, rendering that toast unusable in the wedding film (so…that killer toast is gone 😬). Issues we kept seeing were:

  • Hissing/cracking sounds coming from the speaker/PA

  • Microphone drop-outs, radio frequency interference with other microphones in the band

  • Dead batteries in the wireless mic

  • Toast-giver being handed a microphone other than the one we’re recording off of

  • The audio mix we’re recording is picking up band members tuning their instruments/laughing/chatting in background

(Check out this video here to see what I’m talking about)

We came up with the recommended solution to all of this - we bring our own dedicated toast microphone and mic stand into which the toast-giver will speak…the microphone that is being recorded to use later in your wedding film. This microphone removes the need for your band or DJ to provide one for the toasts. Doing so ensures an independent wireless system that in no way interferes with any existing band or DJ setup, and we no longer have to send you that dreaded “we’re-sorry-but-your-father’s-toast-won’t-be-in-your-wedding-film” email. We simply provide the band’s audio tech (or DJ) with an XLR line level feed from our wireless mic’s receiver unit to plug into their audio console (which then broadcasts over their speakers). Now the band or venue are no longer responsible if there are microphone audio issues (and we haven’t had any yet when using our microphone). Just like you wouldn’t want us to play a guitar solo during your first dance, we shouldn’t task your band or DJ to ensure your wedding film audio is perfect.

What about ceremony audio?

We place a small wired lapel microphone on the groom and officiant. This avoids the need to disturb the venue’s existing ceremony audio system (which plugging into is often frowned upon). However, in the event you’d like to also use our wireless microphone for the ceremony as well, we’d be happy to accommodate.

This sounds great…what happens now?

Please let your band or DJ know the toasts will happen from our microphone, and they’ll be provided with the feed during sound check. If they insist on using their own microphone, we can still record that audio, but cannot guarantee the pristine quality you’ve seen/heard in our existing work.

Toasts: 

The best imagery is captured when the toast giver stands at a mic stand (that we provide) instead of moving around the room so that they don't leave the zone of amazing lighting we pre-set. This also allows them to look at their notes without having to fumble with a handheld microphone.

Venue Lighting: 

If you plan on having uplighting at your venue, beware that many lights have a strobing and pulsing effect when filmed. (See here for an example of this) These pulses cannot be removed or avoided if they're lighting the room. Please check with your venue to see whether your lights are video-compatible and if you're unsure, we will happily do a video test with your lighting vendor verify. If the lights are not video-compatible, we recommend having them turned off during toasts. 

Consider unplugging: 

We understand how excited friends and family are to share special moments during your wedding day. However, that excitement often compromises the imagery of the professionals you’ve hired to capture the day. Gently requesting that your guests leave cell phones and personal cameras tucked away can prevent (well-intentioned) guests from interfering in professional shots.    

Throughout the planning process, please send us as much information as possible including: itineraries, special guests (grandparents, long time best friends, etc), seating charts, room layouts, etc. We love showing up prepared... that way the wedding day is as laid-back as possible. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call, text, or email.

Thanks for checking out this post - we look forward to seeing you soon!

-Charlie & Kristi