What Your Wedding Video Captures

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What Moments Will Your Wedding Video Capture?

People like you – couples planning their wedding – hire professional wedding videographers so you can relive the most magical moments of your day;  your vows, reception toasts, the dancing, and all the little moments in between. To preserve those memories as they happen and share them with others, a wedding video is a must. But what are the exact wedding day moments will your videographer will capture?

We put together a wedding video checklist so you know what to expect before you hire.

Pre-Ceremony Excitement

Shots of the bride, groom and the wedding party getting ready are a must! Whether your bridesmaids are in matching robes or the groomsmen are throwing back brews, make sure your videographer has enough flexibility in the wedding day schedule to capture moments with both spouses at their getting ready locations.

  • Bride and bridesmaids getting hair & makeup done.
  • Bride getting buttoned or zipped into her dress.
  • Bride putting on jewelry or shoes.
  • Pinning boutonniere on groom.
  • Groomsmen toasting and hanging out.

Keep in mind, a videographer cannot be at two places at once. So, if the getting ready locations are a great distance away, you may want to consider hiring two videographers if having pre-ceremony moments with both people are important to you.

wedding video pre ceremony moments

Details of Your Day

You have worked hard to plan every detail of your wedding; from the way your reception napkins are folded, guests favors set at the table settings to your centerpieces and invitations. If having those details captured through film are important to you, list out what you would like your videographer to capture.  Your videographer doesn’t necessarily need to set specific time aside to capture these items, but just in between the larger moments they are already focusing on.

  • Invitation suite, jewelry, your ‘something blue’
  • Exterior shot of the church or venue
  • Interior wide shot of the church or venue
  • Altar
  • Flowers
  • Wedding program

Additional Detail Shots:

  • Table name tags
  • Gift table
  • Wide shot of reception room
  • Closeup of place settings
  • Guest favors
  • Centerpieces

bridal details invitation shoes and jewelry

Your Wedding Ceremony

Once everyone has made it to the venue, your videographer should make their way inside. You’ll want everything from your flower girls to your “I do’s” on film. Remember to point out key guests to your videographer, as you’ll probably want a few crowd shots as well.

  • Guests being escorted down the aisle
  • Musicians performing (if any)
  • Groom waiting at the alter
  • Bridal party walking down the aisle
  • Processional
  • Vows
  • Exchanging of rings
  • The first kiss
  • Introduction as a married couple
  • Recessional
  • Bride and groom leaving the venue

The joy that is captured during the ceremony is so incredibly special and will be highlighted beautifully, so you can see your love come to life each time you watch the final video.

officially married bride and groom hands up

Your Romantics Session

This is the time of your day, either directly before or after your ceremony, that you and your spouse kiss, pose, twirl, and dip for the camera! Your videographer will be right along side your wedding photographer capturing the shots of just the two of you or group shots with the bridal party at your favorite locations.

  • First look
  • Moments with bridal party
  • Specific locations with your spouse


Reception Moments

There’s a lot of moving pieces, so make sure your videographer has a list of all the necessary shots when it comes to your reception. How much your wedding videographer is able to capture of your reception is heavily dependent on how many hours you have your videographer booked for. These key reception moments are (likely) a sure thing:

  • Bridal Party & Newlywed Grand Entrance
  • Cake cutting
  • First dance
  • Parent dances
  • Best man and maid of honor toasts

If you pre-planned to have your wedding videographer stay for the entire reception or most of it, then you can expect a lot of great dance floor footage, too!

  • Anniversary dance
  • Guests dancing
  • Bouquet and / or garter toss
  • Last dance

packed dance floor with bride and groom dancing

The Unexpected Moments

Some of the most exciting wedding day moments are taking place behind the scenes, some you’re not even a part of. Even with a prepared list of shots you want captured, it’s important to allow enough breathing room in your wedding day schedule for your videographer to be able capture those unexpected opportunities.

  • Watch for the ring bearer and flower girl to giggle as they walk down the aisle.
  • Grandparents taking a twirl on the dance floor.

These emotional moments add personality to your wedding video and making it uniquely you. Our experienced wedding videographers will be sure to capture those moments brilliantly.

Looking for wedding videography and photography from one company? 

Our experienced and talented wedding photographers and videographers can choreograph their skills to provide a complete record of your wedding day. Contact us today to review our packages, and to talk to our staff about your expectations so you can fully enjoy your wedding day knowing it is being recorded from start to finish.


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