A lot of my clients recently have been asking me to capture the pre-ceremony activities surrounding their wedding day. The getting ready – the moment when the bridal party and in particular the bride and groom are putting on the finishing touches to their wedding outfits – presents a level of intimacy that is absolutely amazing to capture on video.
From a visual stand point, it is a great opportunity to get the little details, such as the couples wardrobe, the bride getting her hair and make up done, the groom and his groomsmen joking around and the setting they are in of course.
From an audio point of view, you are guaranteed to capture some funny jokes or moments between the bride and her bridesmaids and between the groomsmen and groom.
As I mentioned before, the level of intimacy during this time is like no other. In terms of a dramatic moment for editing, it couldn’t get any better. Music can be laid over the video during this sequence, however, the things that are said and the level of emotion stand out on their own in most cases.
Capturing the getting ready is great because of that dramatic build up feeling before the ceremony but also because the bride and groom have no idea what is going on on the other side. It is so special for the couple to be able to witness how each other’s getting ready went as they watch their wedding video. Gifts are sometimes exchanged between the bride and groom at this time and capturing their expressions as they open each other’s gift is priceless!
I personally think that the getting ready is one of the best times to really capture the personality of a couple and the wedding party. It draws you right into your wedding video and brings you up and close to that emotional build up of the day. This footage always makes my highlight cut because it is so intimate and powerful by nature.
I love this part of the wedding day as it allows me to get real close to a couple and get a better understanding of their style and personalities. This in turn will help me during the editing to tailor the video to the couple’s personality whether through the use of music or the way the shots are cut together. Also, I just plain enjoy interacting and getting to know my clients and their loved ones better. It’s what makes part of my work so enjoyable!
It almost feels weird now when I am not asked to film the getting ready as I don’t have that wonderful footage to work with and create that intro into the ceremony portion of the video. I feel a huge part of the wedding day is missing. Having your wedding on video is really all about being able to relive those special, intimate moments and all the hard work that went into making everyone look at their best for your wedding.
So please! Don’t pass on having a videographer present during the getting ready. You will be so sad not to see you and your loved ones be together, laugh together and celebrate the magic that happens before your ceremony.
To see some samples of getting ready videos, please check out my wedding gallery on my website www.dfpvideo.com
(Special thanks to Amanda for allowing me to post a photo of her during her getting ready session).