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So you’re planning your big day and you’re think about hiring a videographer for your wedding. You’ve just combed through the best videographers in your area and put all of them under the heat lamp and finally picked the one you feel is the most qualified and valued for your money. Hochzeitsvideo  Now off to the rest of your planning right? WRONG! When planning the day, especially planning to have it all captured on film, there are certain things to keep in mind to assure that you have a great wedding video. It’s not really fair to leave the things on this list to chance, because you’ll regret it later when you’re watching the video. And as much as you’ll want to, you can’t go blaming the camera crew. Here’s my list of things to avoid for a great wedding video.

10 – Long breaks between the wedding and reception

I know I know. You’re getting such a great deal the earlier you have your ceremony and the later you have your reception. Problem is, when you have those long breaks, you’re generally not going to be doing anything entertaining for the camera during that time. Sure you’ll take pictures and maybe go for ride, and go to the bathroom a few times. But if you give the video guys too long of a break, they may miss something that you may have wanted captured on film unless you’re going to have them following you and yours to be the WHOLE time.

My advice, if you’re going to give the video crew a break between the ceremony and reception, give them time to do any kind of maintenance on their equipment, stretch their necks, and head to the reception for set up. Allow time for them to eat as well if you aren’t providing a meal for them at the reception.

9 – Having the limo ride recorded with a “shy” bridal party

There’s nothing worse than a limo full of your closest friends and that annoying person in the back with the camera on. Sure, you and yours to be may wink and wave at the camera for a while, but the best man and the maid of honor are just staring blindly at each other because they are too embarrassed that the cameras are running.

My advice, have the limo ride recorded when you know you have a fun interactive group who won’t mind the cameras rolling. They may even give you something to laugh at later when you watch the footage back.

8 – Having the bridal party enter from two different sides

In theory it seems like a good idea. Having the men come from one side and then the women come from the other, then they’ll meet in the middle and walk down the aisle together. Yes! That’s it. It’s so beautiful. It’s so perfect. It’s so…hard to make look good on video! In order to get the shot to even seem non-nauseating, you’re going to need one camera on the men, one camera on the women, and one catching them coming down the aisle. Anything less than three cameras will cause for a whole lot of panning and zooming which can cause your video to look unprofessional.

My advice, be privy to the amount of cameras you will have at your ceremony and be sure each one is able to capture the most important shot at the time. Don’t have 10 things going at once unless you have 10 cameras capturing it all.

7 – Using a window as a backdrop during the day

This is for when you have a big window that the sun is shining through and you think it will be great to have your vows said there, the head table there, or set up the unity candle there. The problem comes in when the sun comes shining through, you are now blinding your audience and causing your video guys to readjust their lenses so you don’t get overexposed and turned into a silhouette on your video.

My advice, use the window lighting as your friend. Place things in it’s path so you can use the daylight as your lighting guide. Placing things on the opposite sides of windows where the sun shines in makes for great shots and gives your video crew the best lighting source to work with and capture your fabulousness on film.

6 – No lighting at the head table

Yeah I know what you’re thinking, the camera people should have a light on their camera. And although this may be true, do you want to have to go through the whole night with a spotlight in your face? Or better yet, not being able to be captured on film correctly because you only have two candles lit at the head table?

My advice, keep in mind the mood you want to set when it comes to lighting your reception, but also make sure that your guests will be able to at least see and enjoy your faces. If it’s too dark for the crowd, it’s not much the camera can do for you.

5 – Deciding not to mic the groom

Now this is a wild card. If the ceremony location comes with a microphone in place already for the bride and groom, great. Or if the officiant is going to be miked and you’re going to talk loud enough to be heard through their mic, then great. Or if the video camera will pretty much be right up there with you guys, then cool.

But if these situations don’t apply to you, and the video camera is away from the action per se, then you might be in for a surprise later when you’re watching the tape and you can barely hear what you guys are saying. If the video crew has the ability to mic the groom in this case, go for it.

My advice, think of the video camera as a guest who can see you from far away, but may not be able to hear you from that same distance. Chances are if the guests had a hard time hearing the vows, then don’t think that the camera caught them.

4 – Having an outside wedding without a sound system

Revert back to #5 for the main reason for this one, but there’s nothing worse than being at an outside wedding expecting to hear everything being said during the ceremony, and hearing nothing but the wind. Unless you’re in a small quarters, the outside air will suck up everything you to say. And let’s not forget the random ambiance you may have such as wind, birds, insects, or the speedboat that decides to go riding by during your “I do’s”.

My advice, consider having a sound system setup for an outside ceremony. Ask your DJ if he could provide something if your location doesn’t offer it. If your ceremony is near a body of water, know when the peak times are, and try to avoid having your ceremony in the middle of a water-skiing competition. And if all else fails, see #5. At least the video will have good sound.

3 – Oversized aisle decorations

You seen them at your friend’s wedding and they were absolutely gorgeous. You seen them in the bridal magazines and they look magnificently fabulous. But your videographer is going to hate them. And that’s because they have to compete with either recording your face or the decorations. It’s bad enough to film around the guests, but oversized aisle decorations usually block some of the greatest views. And if your videographer isn’t going to be moving around during the ceremony constantly changing locations, then you can expect to see more decorations than bridal party in your video.

My advice, if you’re going to dress up the aisles, keep the decorations to just above eye level when sitting down. Remember, if the guests can’t see, the cameras usually can’t either.

2 – Arches and pillars at the altar

You’ve wanted one ever since you seen it on TV. The wonderful wedding arch. Just you and yours’ to be. With the officiant standing in front of you and not a care in the world. Oops, except maybe that it will be almost impossible to film your faces if they are trapped under the arch. The same thing goes for large pillars. You don’t want to get lost in the altar accessories unless you are only concerned about recording from the guests’ point of view.

My advice, if you’re going to use arches or pillars, give the camera person some space between you and the decorations to be sure they can capture your face during the Hochzeitsvideo ceremony. They don’t have to be right up on you, but should be able to have a clear line of sight maybe off to the side somewhere.

1 – Forgetting to smile

This is your day. You’ll remember it forever. Don’t forget to smile, you are on camera! You may be stressed about everything coming together that day and how behind your time schedule has become, but that’s the editor’s job to make it all flow smoothly on the final video. If you’ve got a constant frown on the whole time, all you’ll think about when you watch the video is how the wedding started late, or the limo didn’t arrive on time, or the officiant forgot your name. Because it will show on your face. Don’t let any of the days woes get to you. Keep smiling. It’s a must have for any great wedding video.

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