Wedding videos can be traced back as far as that 1980s when Sony released the first generation of video camcorders, although the results were often fairly ordinary due to the state of the technology at the time.

It wasn't until the early 90's that technology had advanced to a point where video quality had improved, the cameras themselves were smaller and lighter, and the equipment cost came within reach of people who weren't professional tv and cinema studios.

Who buys wedding videos

It’s pretty obvious that wedding videos are the ultimate way to remember any wedding day, so when people we know get married, why is it that we always get to see photos from their wedding, but not the wedding video?

The reason is that the majority of people don’t have a wedding video created at all. In fact only around 5% of weddings last year utilised wedding videographers.

The other 95% of couples? Well a recent survey revealed that their number 1 regret about their wedding day was that they didn’t have a wedding video produced. Oh dear.

Why don’t people buy them?

If wedding videos are the best way to memorialise the wedding day, yet only 5% of people choose to have them produced, then what’s the problem?

It’s simple. It’s very, VERY expensive to have a great quality wedding video produced, and for the vast majority of people, it simply doesn’t fit into their budget.

If you’ve been married before, or you’re in the process of planning your own wedding (if you’re reading this you’re probably in the second category) then you’ll be keenly aware of how quickly the expenses start to accumulate. The reality is that most people don’t have deep pockets and when a wedding photographer can do a great job at capturing amazing photos on the day at a far lower price, most people will choose to engage a photographer, and not a wedding videographer.

How much is a wedding video?

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The truth is that a traditional wedding video produced by a team of videographers typically costs $5,000 or more depending on what you require. If you're one of the lucky people out there with a big enough budget to afford that, then you can go here to find reputable wedding videographers in your area.

Now if you are like 95% of people who there who can't afford it thendon't freak out! This article is going to show you how you can create an amazing wedding video for less than a quarter of the price!

The average wedding in Australia costs around $30,000, takes months or sometimes years to plan and so most people understand that it is extremely important to ensure that the moments and memories created on the wedding day are preserved in the best quality possible.

While a wedding photographer is the immediate choice because their work is often far more compatible with the wedding budget, a wedding video enables the couple to capture the memories of their wedding day in a way which photo alone simply cannot do.

Wedding photography is often beautiful and emotional, however photos alone can’t capture a hilarious comment in the best man’s speech, a time laps of the sunset, or the graceful first dance of the bride and groom the way video can.

With the addition of background music and other video effects to help amplify the emotions of the wedding day, wedding videos are the ultimate way to capture every amazing moment and ensure it is remembered exactly as it occurred for the rest of time.

How to create your own wedding video

Given that the cost of having a wedding video produced will overwhelm most wedding budgets, many people are not producing their own wedding videos.

With that in mind here's what you'll need to do in order to get the job done easily, and have something which looks decent at the end of the day.

Plan Ahead

If you've been charged with the responsibility of recording the wedding with our camera kit, you might be feeling a little nervous about getting it right. But don't worry, we've made sure that everything is so easy to use that even the most inexperienced camera operator can still capture some great material for use to edit into the final cut.

Even though you may have not been given much (or any) notice about your responsibility as videographer for the day, it's important to have an idea of the kind of shots you should try and get. It's pretty simple stuff but here's a list of the most common shots that every great wedding video needs.

  1. The bride getting her makup done.
  2. The bridesmaids fussing over the bride's dress.
  3. The bride hugging her parents.
  4. The groom getting ready with the groomsmen.
  5. The bride walking down the aisle.
  6. The bride and groom kissing during the ceremony.
  7. Signing the marriage certificates.
  8. Walking back down the aisle (leaving the ceremony).
  9. The speeches.
  10. The first dance at the reception.
  11. Cutting the wedding cake.
  12. Everyone dancing and having a great time.
  13. The wedding ring in the box, or on her hand, or both!

If you keep this simple list and add a few more ideas of your own you'll be able to capture plenty of great quality material for the final cut.

Atmospheric Shots

To make the wedding video really look amazing it's important to set the scene with things other than the list above. Try and get some simple shots around the various locations on the wedding day too. Try starting out with...

 

  1. A long panning shot of the aisle before the bride arrives at the ceremony.
  2. Slow panning shots of the empty chairs at the wedding ceremony.
  3. Slow panning shots of the gardens at the venue.
  4. An over the shoulder shot of the best man putting the finishing touches on his speech.
  5. A shot of the mother/father of the bride looking nervous as they wait for her to arrive.
  6. Shot of other decore around the wedding ceremony, or reception.

Location Location Location!

Getting great quality footage is all about your positioning. If you're filming the ceremony, make sure the sun doesn't create glare so that you can't see their faces. Don't zoom in too much when a zoomed out shot will let people see more of the action.

Make sure that nobody is going to step in your way if you're filming something important (like the wedding vows). Once you're in position, don't let anyone move in on your spot. Own the area and get the shot you need. The bride will thank you for it.

People

Wedding videos, just like any good story are all about people. Ensure that you capture the pivotal moments during the day, but also take time to get some footage with friends and family.

When the bride and groom are busy with the photographer it can be a great opportunity to go around and get people to do a video guestbook. They can speak into the camera and wish the bride and groom well for their new life together.

Sound

The camera kit comes with a high quality directional microphone which does a great job at picking up the sound of whatever you're pointing it towards. It's perfect for the wedding ceremony or the speeches during the reception but make sure you give it every chance to succeed.

If you're trying to pickup the best man's speech then try to stand close enough for the mic to pick up the sound through the PA system, rather than filming the action from behind a group of chatty guests.

Wedding Video Inspiration

Now the you have an idea of what shots you'll need to capture, let's take a look at some of the most famous wedding videos from across the internet.

Wedding Video Breakdown

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Let's break this video down to the most critical shots which make this video so beautiful.

Cute signage at the wedding venue
Cute signage at the wedding venue
Family photos
Family photos
The bridesmaids enjoying a drink together
The bridesmaids enjoying a drink together
The bride having her hair and makeup done
The bride having her hair and makeup done
A closeup shot of the brides shoes
A closeup shot of the brides shoes
The wedding dress hanging up in front of a window
The wedding dress hanging up in front of a window
A closeup shot of the wedding dress
A closeup shot of the wedding dress
A closeup of the wedding rings
A closeup of the wedding rings
Putting the finishing touches on the brides outfit
Putting the finishing touches on the brides outfit
Father of the bride first-look
Father of the bride first-look
A shot of the grooms suit hanging up
A shot of the grooms suit hanging up
The groomsmen getting dressed
The groomsmen getting dressed
The groomsmen being goofy
The groomsmen being goofy
Putting the finishing touches on the speech
Putting the finishing touches on the speech
Gifts for the groomsmen
Gifts for the groomsmen
The groomsmen sharing a drink
The groomsmen sharing a drink
The groom geting dressed
The groom geting dressed
The bride and groom standing at the altar
The bride and groom standing at the altar
The groom at the altar looking emotional
The groom at the altar looking emotional
Closup of the newlyweds holding hands
Closup of the newlyweds holding hands
The first kiss
A shot of the first kiss at the wedding ceremony
The bride and groom walking away from the alter after the ceremony
A shot of the bride and groom walking away from the alter after the ceremony
Newlyweds having their photos taken
Newlyweds having their photos taken
The bridal party having photos taken
The bridal party having photos taken
Bride and groom sharing a toast
Bride and groom sharing a toast
The exterior of the wedding reception venue
Shots of the exterior of the wedding reception venue
Wedding reception decor
Shots of the wedding reception decor
People laughing at the reception
People laughing at the wedding reception
The wedding cake
Shots of the wedding cake
Table decor at the reception
Shots of the table decor at the reception
Lighting at the wedding reception
The lighting at the wedding reception
People giving speeches
People giving speeches
The first dance
The first dance
Dancing with the father of the bride
Dacing with the father of the bride
Guests dancing at the wedding reception
Guests dancing at the wedding reception
Cutting the wedding cake
Cutting the wedding cake
The skyline
The skyline or surrounding environment

Things to avoid

We've learned a lot about how to create the perfect wedding video, now it's time to discuss the common traps which people fall into which can impact the quality of the footage, and the resulting edited movie.