Weddings are beautiful celebrations of love, and capturing those precious moments on video is a must for many couples. While hiring a professional videographer is the traditional route, an emerging trend (made possible by us!) is to shoot the wedding video yourself, using the power of smartphones…
With the right guidance and tools, you can shoot it yourself, and we can edit the video for you. We’ll help transform your guests’ phones into an army of cinematographers, capturing every heartfelt moment, from multiple angles. In this guide, we’ll explore how to shoot your own wedding video by having your friends film it using their phones, with the assistance of our specialised service here at Filmed On Phones.
1. Embrace the Power of Smartphone Cameras for DIY Filming: Whilst you could use professional video cameras, we recommend encouraging your guests to simply utilise the powerful video camera they already have in their pocket – their smartphone! Inform them that their phones will play a crucial role in creating lasting memories that they themselves have captured.
2. Assign Filming Roles: Filmed On Phones offers a unique platform designed specifically for those who want to shoot it themselves. To get started, you need to make a booking with us. Once you have an acconunt, you can assign up to 10 people as ‘Filmers’. They’ll receive dedicated guidance for the role you give them, and after the wedding we’ll send them your unique link where they need to go to upload their videos.
3. Plan Ahead and Communicate for a Successful DIY Shoot: To ensure a seamless and successful wedding video, it’s essential to plan ahead and communicate with your guests. Provide them with a schedule of the day’s events, including the ceremony, speeches, first dance, and any other significant moments they need to shoot. This way, they’ll know what to expect and be prepared to “shoot it themselves” at the right moments. Assign specific guests to film specific segments via our website to guarantee comprehensive coverage.
4. Share Filming Guidelines to Capture the Best Shots: While your friends may not be professional videographers, you can still provide them with some basic filming guidelines. Advise them to hold their phones horizontally to capture wide shots, and remind them to avoid excessive zooming, which can result in shaky footage. Encourage them to experiment with different angles and perspectives to add variety to their footage.
5. Capture Candid Moments for Authenticity: One of the joys of a DIY wedding video is capturing candid moments that truly reflect the authenticity of your special day. Encourage your guests to keep their cameras rolling and capture candid interactions, heartfelt laughter, and genuine emotions. These authentic moments will make your wedding video truly special and memorable.
6. Consider Audio Quality for a Well-Rounded Experience: While focusing on visuals is important, don’t forget about audio quality. Remind your guests to position themselves close to the action and minimize background noise. For important moments like the speeches and your vows, you could even get a friend to record audio separately on their phone from up close, using a sound recording app.
7. Post-Production: Leave It to the Professionals for a Stunning Edit: Once you have collected all the footage from your guests’ efforts, it’s time to transform it into a polished wedding video. Here at Filmed On PHones, we offer a range of packages depending on what kind of highlights film you want. Our team of professional video editors will expertly curate and edit the wedding video for you, using all your guests’ footage.
Filming your own wedding video with the help of your guests’ smartphones is an exciting and cost-effective way to document your special day. By using Filmed On Phones’ services, you can simplify the process of collecting and organising the footage, and you won’t need to worry about the editing.
Remember to plan ahead, communicate with your guests, and provide them with basic filming guidelines.
Embrace the power of smartphones to capture candid moments and cherish the memories for years to come. Whether you choose to edit the footage yourself or opt for professional assistance, shooting your own wedding video will undoubtedly add a personal touch to your story of love.
To get started with FIY Wedding, click here to book with us.