|A wedding video captures the events you’re part of—and those you’ll inevitably miss, such as your family and friends arriving to the ceremony or your guests’ expressions while the best man delivers his toast. A great wedding video captures all those moments so that long after your Wedding Day, you can experience, enjoy and share them.Thankfully, a lot has changed since the Dark Ages when wedding videography first became popular back in the early ’90s. Dreadful hallmarks of that era include shaky camera work, a mess of bulky equipment, videos that went twice as long as “Gone with the Wind” and cheesy graphics almost too cringe-worthy to watch now (floating hearts, disembodied heads in cartoon champagne glasses, etc.)New technology means that the wedding videographer (or nowadays, “wedding filmmaker”) can remain unobtrusive and still get the very best footage. Finished videos can be ready in days, not months, and those corny overlay graphics are a thing of the past—replaced by some new wedding videography trends that hopefully will still be considered as cool in 20 years as they are today.
Here’s a preview of the hottest trends:
People joke about it, but it’s actually true: One of the first things that many brides (and a few grooms) do right after the ceremony is update their Facebook relationship status. It’s also become expected in many circles that Facebook friends (or counterparts at all the other social media sites) will get a glimpse of your Big Day within hours of the ceremony being over, let alone the reception, and just as many couples are interested in being the first to upload a peek of theirwedding as well.
For this reason, a social-media-ready montage available to the couple immediately after the wedding is an increasingly common request. The best of these are brief—easy to upload and perfect for short attention spans as well as attaching to emails—and are perfect teasers for the real thing, offering snap-shots of the big moments that even casual acquaintances will want to see.
Wedding interviews are out
For a few years it was all the rage to have “guest interviews” included as a standard part of a weddingvideo, usually with pretty dreadful and awkward results. This has become passé as it seems the majority of guests would rather not feel they have to speak into the camera and newlyweds would rather not have that disruption for their guests. Couples instead want to see the natural way the day unfolds, and in some cases, filmmakers record the unexpected moments and even some of those funnier, unplanned weddingbloopers.
Stop-motion video booths
This is a very fresh idea, but one that has been creating a lot of buzz. It’s an extension of the photo booth, and one that, in the right hands, can produce some very funky footage and will likely impress your friends. The idea, pioneered by a Seattle company, recently has been featured nationally, and now plenty of others are following suit. The stop-motion booth doesn’t focus on providing images of your actual event; instead it creates a stop-motion video of what happens just in the booth. The video and downloads are available free for guests to view and print shortly after the wedding.
For those who can’t make it to the wedding, couples can stream their nuptials online and connect with people anywhere in the world. Live streaming is perfect for destination weddings, relatives too ill or faraway to travel, or distant friends and family who may not have been invited to the wedding but want to watch the happy occasion.
Live video streaming can be challenging because it combines all the technical elements of standard video recording with the additional challenges of broadcasting. For this reason, you need to research a videographer who has the knowledge and experience to avoid technical difficulties so you don’t find out after the fact that the sounds were muffled, voices inaudible or the picture quality poor (that defeats the purpose and obviously you will not be able to recreate those moments.)
Finally, there are no hard and fast rules for a wedding video, or at least there shouldn’t be, so make sure the videographer you choose is willing to listen to your ideas, wants and needs—and then willing to incorporate them in his or her work. After all, you are the paying customers (and its your show).