Capturing the most important moments of your big day is a must. While it’s easy enough to preserve everything in photographs, you may also want to hire a videographer to help get those sentimental moments on film. If they are experienced with weddings, your videographer probably already knows the ins and outs of who and what to film. If you have any doubts, pass along this checklist.
Remember that each and every wedding is different, so you may have more or less to get on film. As a rule of thumb, more is more. You can always dial back the number of shots when editing it together for the final cut.
A lot happens before the bride and groom meet at the altar, and your videographer should be up to the task of getting all that prep work on film. You’ll want a medley of getting ready shots of both the bride and the groom, venue shots and arrival shots.
- Bride/groom prep (shots of the couple getting ready pre-ceremony)
- Wedding party prep (shots of the bridal party and groomsmen getting ready pre-ceremony)
- Exterior of the ceremony venue
- Landscape around venue (i.e. for a beach wedding, shots of water, sand, pebbles)
- Interior of the ceremony venue
- Guests arriving to the ceremony venue
- Bridal party arriving at ceremony venue
Once everyone has made it to the venue, your videographer should make their way inside. You’ll want everything from your flower girls to your “I do’s” on film. Remember to point out key guests to your videographer, as you’ll probably want a few crowd shots as well.
- Guests being escorted down the aisle
- Decorations, including close ups
- Musicians performing
- Groom waiting at the alter
- Mother of the bride
- Bridal party walking down the aisle
- Flower girl(s)
- Exchanging of rings
- The first kiss
- Introduction as a married couple
- Bride and groom leaving the venue
Now it’s time for the party. There’s a lot of moving pieces, so make sure your videographer has a list of all the necessary shots. The cake cutting, the first dance, toasts and the bouquet toss are among the most important.
- Exterior of the reception venue
- Interior of the reception venue
- Wedding reception decor
- Table settings
- Guests at the cocktail hour
- Introduction of the bridal party
- First dance
- Bridal party dances
- Cake cutting
- Parent dances
- Anniversary dance
- Guests dancing
- Last dance
Image and video: Elegant spring wedding at Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto captured by Wild and Free Films.