Here is a list of my must have shots when filming a wedding. Almost all of these moments happen separately so I don’t really need to stress about missing something special. I rarely shoot with more than two cameras.
Depending on the style, you may want to shoot these on a dolly track or as hand-held shots using depth of field.
- Bride with the bridesmaids – Putting on the wedding dress, getting the makeup and hair done.
- Groom and groomsmen getting ready – Fixing the hair, putting on the suit and the final touches.
- Location Shots – Exterior Shots, Gardens, Surrounding areas
- Wedding setup, preparing the venue for the ceremony
- Wedding program – Capturing the names of the couple and the date.
- Guests arriving and signing the guest book
- Bride and Groom waiting for the ceremony to commence
Here is a must have shot list of the actual wedding ceremony. Remember to get enough footage to people watching the ceremony, it doesn’t have to be the exact moment but a reaction of some sort every now and again will hep the edit flow better.
- Groom seating mothers
- Groom entering
- Brides maids and groomsmen entrance
- Bride entrance, coming down the isle way including the father of bride handing the bride to groom.
- Bride and groom saying I DO to the wedding ceremony
- Exchange of vows and rings and the first kiss
- Man and Wife stepping off the ceremony platform and down the isle way
- Brides maids and groomsmen exiting
- Cut away shots of people watching the ceremony – I use these as transition shots.
I generally end up shooting a lot more footage than I need here. It’s always good to keep filming as you may get some really good moments (especially once the drinks start flowing)
- Arrival of the Bride and groom
- Toast and speeches – try get a feed from the mixer board.
- Dinner being served – don’t film people eating, it’s not flattering.
- Bride and Groom sitting down at the table for their first married dinner
- First dance, Father Daughter dance, Mother Son dance, bridal party dance
- Cake Cutting
- Musicians and singers
- People dancing, having a good time, drinking the alcohol.
Depending on the couple and the style of the piece, I like to get a few interviews with different guests. I’ll cut these interviews into film using the overlay of the voice to drive the piece.
Here is one of our favourite wedding videos. It has a very laid back, low budget feel but you definitely get the sense that you know exactly what the couple is like.