“Get Ready For Your Close-Up” | ELLEuk.com The Wedding Blog
At LoveSpun, we approach every wedding that we film with the preparation and attention that it deserves. We want our clients to feel beautiful, happy, and most importantly, relaxed on their big day. I am a firm believer that being prepared for things helps to ease concern and makes you feel less stressed when confronted with life changing events.
It is based on this principal, that a few years back, I wrote down some of my favorite tips and started sending a letter entitled “Preparing for a Great Wedding Film” to each of our clients as their wedding day approached. As our experiences have grown and changed over the years, this list has of course grown and evolved. We want our clients to have the opportunity to do their part in making sure they can get the most out of their wedding film investment by following some pretty straightforward tips to ensure that we are able to capture the prettiest footage possible.
We recently sent this letter to our client Carrie Gorman, editor of ELLEuk.com, in preparation of her wedding in December. She was delighted with receiving them and thought her audience on ELLEuk.com’s The Wedding Blog would enjoy reading them too. We are so thrilled to be featured on ELLEuk.com for a second time and we hope that our tips and tricks prove useful for brides around the world, looking to put their best foot forward on their wedding day!
See below for the rundown.
- A Pretty Place to Get Ready When picking out a location to get ready for your wedding, look for a spot that is beautiful, free of clutter and if possible, one that has plenty of natural light. Also request that your makeup artist and hair stylist set up in front of a natural light source instead of a bathroom with florescent lighting.
- Neat and Tidy Delegate bridal party members to help keep your getting ready room organized and clean. This will make you feel more calm as well as make a pleasing back drop for pictures & your wedding film.
- When music is not your friend Most brides love to have their favorite tunes playing as they get ready for their big day. When filming your getting ready footage, keep in mind that we cannot edit music out. If we capture a special moment of audio that would be great for your film but an obnoxious song is in the background we may not be able to work it into the film. At the very minimum, turn the music down when you’re putting on your dress for any exceptional reactions from your parents and friends.
- Keep the Sanctity Remind your wedding party that chewing gum and talking to each other during the ceremony can detract from the attention of your guests and that it doesn’t look good on the film or in pictures.
- Walk Slowly For the ceremony, the bridal party and especially the bride should remember to walk controlled and gradually down the aisle. This is your time to shine, your guests want to have a good look at you, and it helps us, the filmmaker and your photographer, to capture the moment.
- Schedule enough time for photos and filming Family photos and portraits can take a while so make sure you not only allow for this in your time-line, but also have enough time for romantic shots of just the two of you with your wedding filmmaker and photographer. We suggest 15-20 minutes in addition to your formal photography session to get some beautiful eye candy for your wedding film.
- Take your time to dance Sometimes for whatever reason, couples choose to cut short their first dances, having the DJ fade out the music in the middle. From our standpoint we love to film the first dance from different, unique angles and look for tender moments. It’s hard to get all that in 90 seconds so why not just enjoy the moment and your time in the spotlight.
- Light it up Reception lighting can sometimes make or break the look of your wedding film. It’s a great idea to hire a professional lighting designer to add ambiance to a room but keep in mind that different colors of up-lighting can make skin tones look strange. Lighting that is too bright around the edges of the room can make the interior look dark. Even out up-lighting with spotlights on the dance floor and head table. If a designated spot for toasts or speeches can be picked out ahead of time and then lit properly, it will make all the difference in the world.
Thanks for reading our tips for a great wedding film! We hope you have the best wedding ever!