If you’ve booked our video service, there are a few things to note regarding the video that differ slightly from the way that we usually photograph:
We love to keep the wedding as spontaneous as possible, but there may be times we to ask you to repeat poses so we can capture both the photo and video for it. But don’t worry, this won’t be often and it’s usually during the portrait sessions.
We will have to use a small on camera video light when there is low lighting conditions, such as the cutting of the cake and the party. But we’ll try keep it to a minimum.
Popular among foreign couples, a wedding speech is a traditional part of the wedding ceremony or reception. It is a way for the bride and groom to express their love and gratitude to each other, their families and their friends. The speech can also be a way for a close family member or friend to share stories and memories about the couple’s relationship. It’s a great time for everyone to raise their glasses to the newlywed couple, a toast which is often forgotten about when there are no speeches. You’ve probably heard us suggest that you should have at least one speech at the wedding. You may be wondering why and that’s because a good speech has the ability to transform the entire wedding video by keeping it dynamic, personal and helps to tell your love story.
You can choose to do your speech at any time of the day but our favourite time is during the dinner. If you’ve attended a wedding before, you’ll know that the dinner generally has a more relaxed atmosphere and the crowd responds better. We also have the opportunity to get really close to the guests as we’re not restricted by the rows of chairs or benches which is usually present at the ceremony. The speeches are one of the few times when the guests don’t notice us because they’re focused on the speaker. This gives us the opportunity to capture their raw emotion without being detected.
But not to worry if you’ve already planned all of your speeches for during the ceremony. The important thing is that you’re having one. If you’re having a religious ceremony and have not planned on any speeches for later in the day, we will use the message delivered by the priest, which at times can be a generic message and not very personal to you.
We don’t want to force you to incorporate speeches but if this is something you’d like to consider doing and don’t know where to start, here are some tips for delivering a good speech:
- Keep it short and sweet. No one wants to listen to a long speech, so try to keep yours between 5-10 minutes.
- Be personal. Share stories and memories that are specific to the bride and the groom.
- Be funny. A little humor can go a long way in making your speech memorable.
- Be sincere. Let your true feelings for your partner shine through in your speech.
If you’d like some inspiration, Nicoletta and Giovanni’s brothers did a wonderful speech during the second half of this video. Click here to view the video and feel free to share this video with whoever will be doing the speech. https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/769888309
On that note, to beautifully capture the audio and make it truly cinematic, we will need to use mics. For the vows, we usually attach a mic to the lapel of the groom’s suit during the preparations and if the dress allows, a hidden one on the inside of the bride’s dress. The mic is then strapped to the upper part of the bride’s thigh, which she can put on herself and easily pull off after the ceremony.
Lastly, just like for the photos, the more dynamic you are, the more you enjoy your day, the more you laugh, the more you improvise, the more you’re up to working with us during the couple portraits, then the more amazing your videos (and photos) will be. It’s as simple as that.