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The Ultimate Wedding Videography Checklist

Liza Brown
Liza Brown Originally published Sep 06, 22, updated Nov 29, 22

Wedding videography has become increasingly popular in recent years. Many couples are opting to have a video made of their wedding day, rather than just photos. If you're thinking of becoming a wedding videographer, it's important to understand the basics of what goes into making a great wedding video. In this article, we'll provide you with a Wedding Videography Checklist to help you get started.

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    1. Get to know the couple
    2. Understand your videography style and skill level
    3. Check with the venue to see where you can set up equipment
    4. Find out what equipment is needed
    5. Get insurance for yourself and your gear
    6. Ask for a shot list from the couple in advance
    7. Alert guests of their wedding video presence
    8. Recruit an assistant videographer if you need one
    9. Have some backups on hand, just in case
    10. Arrive early to set up and test your equipment
    11. Capture both the big and small moments
    12. Have fun!
  1. BONUS: Important moments to capture on the wedding day:

Wedding Videography Checklist

1. Get to know the couple

As a wedding videographer, it's important to get to know the couple you're working with. This will help you better capture the essence of their wedding day. Spend time talking to them, learn about their relationship, and find out what is important to them. By doing this, you'll be able to create a video that truly reflects who they are as a couple.

2. Understand your videography style and skill level

Wedding videography can be done in a variety of styles, depending on your skill level and interests. Some videographers prefer to stay in the background and capture everything as it happens, while others like to get more involved, interviewing the couple and capturing special moments. It's important to understand what style you feel comfortable working in, and what the couple is looking for in a video.

If you're just starting out, it might be a good idea to stick to a more traditional style of videography. This will help you get the hang of things and build your skills before trying something more adventurous. However, if you have a lot of experience and are confident in your abilities, you may want to try something more creative. Be sure to discuss your ideas with the couple beforehand and make sure they're on board with what you want to do.

3. Check with the venue to see where you can set up equipment

Check with the venue to see where you can set up equipment. Some venues may have restrictions on where you can set up your gear. If this is the case, be sure to work out a plan with the venue beforehand so that there are no surprises on the day of the wedding.

4. Find out what equipment is needed

To be a successful wedding videographer, you'll need some basic equipment. This includes a good-quality video camera, tripod, microphone, and lighting. It's also a good idea to have some editing software on hand in case you need to do any post-production work. Be sure to discuss your needs with the couple ahead of time and make sure they're comfortable with what you plan on bringing along to the wedding.

5. Get insurance for yourself and your gear

If you're going to be a wedding videographer, it's important to have insurance for yourself and your gear. This will help protect you in the event of an accident or damage to your equipment. There are a number of companies that offer insurance specifically for photographers and videographers, so be sure to shop around and find the best deal for you.

6. Ask for a shot list from the couple in advance

This will help you know what specific shots they are hoping to get on their wedding day. Be sure to discuss the shot list with the couple and make sure you're both on the same page.

7. Alert guests of their wedding video presence

Some couples may want to keep their wedding video a surprise, while others will want to let their guests know in advance that they'll be filmed. If the latter is the case, it's important to alert guests of your presence so that they're not caught off guard by the cameras. Be sure to discuss this with the couple beforehand and come up with a plan that everyone is comfortable with.

8. Recruit an assistant videographer if you need one

If you're going to be filming the wedding by yourself, it's important to make sure you have all the necessary gear. However, if you're not comfortable doing this or feel like you might need some help, consider recruiting an assistant videographer. This person can help carry gear, set up equipment, and make sure everything is running smoothly on the day of the wedding.

9. Have some backups on hand, just in case

Wedding videography is a big responsibility, and things can sometimes go wrong. Be sure to have some backups on hand, just in case. This includes extra batteries, memory cards, and cables. It's better to be safe than sorry, and having these backups will give you peace of mind knowing that you're prepared for anything.

10. Arrive early to set up and test your equipment

This will help ensure that everything is working properly and that you're familiar with your surroundings. It's also a good idea to do a sound check to make sure the audio is coming through clearly. Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to set up and test your equipment before the wedding begins.

11. Capture both the big and small moments

While it's important to capture the big moments, such as the ceremony and speeches, don't forget about the smaller ones as well. These can often be just as special, if not more so. Be sure to keep your camera rolling throughout the entire event so that you don't miss a thing.

12. Have fun!

Wedding videography can be a lot of work, but it's also a lot of fun. Be sure to enjoy yourself and have a good time while you're working. This will come through in your final product and the couple will be sure to appreciate it.

BONUS: Important moments to capture on the wedding day:

important moments for wedding day
  • The bride getting ready
  • The groom getting ready
  • Guests arriving
  • The ceremony
  • The vows
  • The first kiss as a married couple
  • The recessional
  • Wedding party photos
  • Family photos
  • Bride and groom portraits
  • Cocktail hour
  • The reception
  • The first dance
  • Father-daughter dance
  • Mother-son dance
  • Cake cutting
  • Bouquet toss
  • Garter toss
  • Dancing
  • Speeches
  • Send off
  • Wedding day details (dress, shoes, jewelry, etc.)

Takeaway: By following this Wedding Videography Checklist, you will be able to deliver a final product that the couple will cherish for years to come.

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Liza Brown
Liza Brown Nov 29, 22
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