Making sure your wedding video is interesting enough to watch over and over again can be a challenge; after all most weddings follow a similar format.
Tell the whole story
Don’t limit yourself to the wedding day itself, but include short sections of film showing the build up to the wedding. You can take footage of the engagement party, the dress fittings, the hens and bucks parties and the wedding preparations, as well as the ceremony and reception. You can also include a short section showing footage taken on the honeymoon. Your coverage of each aspect may be reduced, but you will have a fascinating video showing the entire wedding story.
Add a unique feature
Adding an unusual section to your wedding video is a modern option, and a popular choice is ‘trash the dress.’ This involves the bride wearing her bridal gown after the wedding and jumping around in muddy puddles, having small children cover her in paint, or finding another way to trash the dress. You don’t have to go to this extreme, but having a unique feature at the end of your wedding video is a great idea.
Film guest messages
Having your guests record filmed messages for your wedding video isn’t an entirely new idea, but it adds a very personal touch to the finished product. Try setting up a separate video room with a comfortable sofa and a static video camera so your guests feel less self conscious about recording their message in front of other people.
Create a trailer
Not all your guests will want to watch the entire wedding video, so condensing the footage into a high impact ‘trailer’ that shows the highlights set to an energetic soundtrack is a great way to share your memories. Many couples choose to publish their trailer online and then to print a link to it in their thank you cards.
Use a professional soundtrack
Setting your wedding video footage to a soundtrack might not sound that complicated, but making the images and music work seamlessly together can be quite tricky. A professional editor will make sure the tempo of the music fits well with each section of the video, and that scene changes in the video are exactly on the beat of the music. Don’t just limit yourself to music. Using the audio of the father of the bride’s speech over a photo montage of the bride getting ready can quickly bring a tear to the eye.
Get hold of all the footage
While your guests won’t want to wade through hours of wedding video footage, you and your new husband might want to at some point. Ask your videographer if you can have all the footage they have filmed on a separate DVD from the edited version so that in a couple of years, when the memories of the wedding day are fading, you can sit down and watch it all.