Photographers and videographers often claim they can work in any setting—but the reality is that certain locations can make operations complicated. So, it’s worth looking at your wedding venue from a behind-the-lens point of view.
This is not to say that your venue should be determined by your videographer, but it is something to consider before finalizing your plans. Encourage your videographer to visit your potential wedding venues, if they don’t suggest the same themselves. If you know there may be problems, you can schedule an extra shoot either before or after the wedding to make sure you capture whatever you want perfectly.
If you’re keen on taking things into your own hands, you might want to consider how your venue will affect your wedding video and if there’s anything you can do to ameliorate the situation. And, of course, communication is key so keep an open line with your videographer on the vision you have for the shoot so they can work with you.
Poor lighting is a nightmare even without a camera. It can make you look like a zombie or add years to your look! And unlike with photos, which are easier to edit brightness and contrast, with videos it’s a whole new ball game. This is why it’s a good idea to visit the venue with your videographer at the same time of day that you plan to rent the facility. That way, they’ll know if they need to bring extra equipment or if it’s better to edit in a few alternative takes later on.
Much like bad lighting, poor sound quality can ruin a wedding video. Again, this may not be something that’s easy to figure out on your own, which is why a pre-visit by the videographer is wise. Thanks to modern technology, this may not be as serious of an issue but it may be smart for a videographer to do a sound test so they will need to know which equipment to have on hand.
A venue may look one way in-person, but things don’t always appear as you want them to on film. Most likely, this is not something you’ll have to worry about if you book a professional, but you should take a mental note during your visit. This is even more important if you have a specific mood or theme you want to recreate on your wedding day.
Cozy venues are charming, but they do make the videographer’s job a bit harder. While it’s also important to give guests enough space so that they’re comfortable, keep your vendors in mind as well. A videographer will have to constantly move around the venue to capture all the activity. At the very least, have a designated spot or two from which they can always film without being in anyone’s way.
Take a good look around the venue for any potential unflattering photobombs, both before the wedding and during the event. They may be hard to notice until it’s too late. The last thing you need is someone’s Starbucks cup or a trash can stealing your spotlight. Of course, some things can be edited out but, again, with videos it’s a much harder task.
It may come as a surprise, but certain venues have restrictions on what can be filmed (or what can be photographed). We’ve heard of some locations that put a limit on the number of pictures that can be taken on-site or what can be filmed. Others may also prohibit common photo shoot accessories such as sparklers or confetti. Double-check with the venue if there will be any issues so you won’t be surprised on your special day.