Win Wedding Videography With Shoot It Yourself Worth £995!

Win Your Wedding Videography With Shoot It Yourself Worth £995!

This month we’ve teamed up with Shoot It Yourself to offer one lucky couple the chance to win a wedding videography package worth £995! Shoot It Yourself is the UK’s most popular videography service producing fun, professional videos – filmed by you and edited by their experts.

 

Win Wedding Videography With Shoot It Yourself Worth £995!

 

The package includes the hire of two video cameras for four days, six hours of filming time, delivery and collection to anywhere in the UK. All of the footage is then professionally edited into a personal, totally unique wedding video that really captures the excitement of your big day! It also includes the use of their new Video Sharing App, which allows your guests to capture videos of the day and upload it straight to Shoot It Yourself to be professionally edited.

Find out more by heading to shoot-it-yourself.co.uk, but first make sure you enter to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize…

 

 

Answer this question to enter…

 

 

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Not Planning On Booking A Videographer? This Will Make You Think Again

Here's how to get your guests involved as your wedding videographer to get a brilliant wedding video without blowing the budget - check it out!

Deputy Editor Becci on big day budgets and why she wouldn’t dream of getting married without a videographer… although she’ll be giving the task to her guests!

 

Here's how to get your guests involved as your wedding videographer to get a brilliant wedding video without blowing the budget - check it out!
Let your guests film your wedding with Shoot It Yourself

 

As many couples find, the cost of the wedding we’re dreaming of is quickly mounting up. That means it’s compromise time, so we are having to choose the key things we want to spend our money on and work out which things we could go without.

One of the first things couples often look at cutting from the day is a videographer. But after the big day, your photographs and film will be what you remember your day by – can you really do without that? Yes, you set a budget for a reason, but why not spend less on something else to allow you to have your day filmed too?

 

Here's how to get your guests involved as your wedding videographer to get a brilliant wedding video without blowing the budget - check it out!
Your wedding video will let you relive every moment of your dream day for years to come. Image: Shoot It Yourself

 

Should I hire a videographer?

When we thought about hiring a videographer, we were a little unsure. I would love to have our wedding day on film, so that in years to come we can watch it back and remember every little detail. From our first glimpse of each other at the end of the aisle to our guests giving it their all on the dance floor, I want to cherish it all.

But unfortunately, as my fiance Ben pointed out, we don’t have an endless pot of money and there are many other aspects of the day that quickly eat up your budget – feeding all of your guests, for one.

 

 

Here's how to get your guests involved as your wedding videographer to get a brilliant wedding video without blowing the budget - check it out!
Budget friendly and brilliant fun, choose Shoot It Yourself for your wedding video

 

DIY wedding videos

Working at Wedding Ideas, I have the advantage (or disadvantage, when you want to include too many things!) of being familiar with companies in the wedding industry, so I don’t need to spend hours researching. I already knew about Shoot It Yourself and had read lots of feedback from real couples that had used them before and loved the results.

The concept is simple: they send you the video camera and lighting, which is everything that you need to film your own video. You then nominate one of your wedding guests, or a couple of people, to film the big day for you, before sending the footage and equipment back to the professionals at Shoot It Yourself. 

Their experts will edit it into a short film for you and voila, you have a unique way to film your day! All of the feedback from previous couples says how, because guests knew the person filming, the end result is so much more personal and fun. There are different packages too, so you can hire one or two cameras depending on what you want and how much money you want to spend.

That’s why we decided to film our day with Shoot It Yourself. Not only will we get a professionally edited video, but we will also receive the unedited footage too – which I am sure will provide plenty of laughs once the post wedding blues set in!

They have just announced the newest addition to their portfolio, an app that allows you to film parts of the wedding on your phone before sending the footage into Shoot It Yourself to edit. It really couldn’t be easier. All that’s left to do is to decide who will be behind the camera… have fun!

How To Capture The Most ‘You’ Wedding Video EVER…

How To Capture The Most ‘You’ Wedding Video EVER With The Genius Idea Behind Shoot It Yourself…

Why should you film your own wedding video? We caught up with the couples that did just that, asking their friends and family to film their big day before sending the footage back to Shoot It Yourself to edit into a short video…

 

Chloe and Jonathan

We were not keen on having a videographer at the wedding as quite often they seem to be quite intrusive,” explains Chloe. “Instead, we used Shoot It Yourself, which allowed us to get some great footage, but with our friends and family filming so it was more intimate. The video editing that they have done is great too; almost a behind-the-scenes wedding video!

 

 

Susanna and Christian

“I laughed and laughed when I watched the video. It was amazing to see all the faces (sober and drunk) of all the people we loved.”

“It brought a massive smile to our faces re-living the day! There’s a very home movie quality to the video, it feels like your friends filmed it (which they did!) so that kind of fun and intimacy is really lovely. The professional photographer gets the pretty shots and your mates will get the real deal!”

 

We got married at my parent’s farm in Leicestershire for a ‘brash and beautiful’ country wedding,” say’s Susanna. We got married in the barn – a last minute change of plan given the weather – we sheltered under bright umbrellas, ate under fairy lights, and partied in the tipi.We really wanted a wedding video because we both work in television and know that video captures such different elements from photos. But we had spent so much on everything else that we couldn’t afford a professional videographer.

“We booked SIY because it was so much more affordable than a professional videographer and it also took the stress out of organising another professional.”

 

Rachel and Jez

“I have already watched it a million times,” laughs Rachel. “Shoot It Yourself captured the emotions and all the special memories so perfectly.”

The editing is wonderful, too and the music works so well.”

Hannah and Ritchie

We absolutely love, love, love our wedding video. The editing and music are perfect. It really captures the feeling of the day and makes us feel like we’re re-living it every time we watch it! Hannah and Ritchie’s beautiful day was set in the beautiful location of Talton Lodge, south Warwickshire. The quirky and creative bohemian theme fit perfectly with their yurt venue.

 

Victoria and Anil

We liked the idea of having a video to look back on the day and to remember all the bits we might forget or didn’t get to see!” admitted Victoria.

“But we were worried about camera men getting in the way, and wanted to avoid anything cheesy or impersonal.” Looking through Victoria and Anil’s wedding footage, it’s safe to say that their video is anything but cheesy “We absolutely loved the result!

“The best thing about it was all the video messages left by our guests – we had no idea that was happening so it was a lovely surprise.”

Having our friends and family doing the filming meant that people could be themselves on camera. This resulted in lots of hilarious moments being recorded.”

So what are you waiting for? Inject even more fun into your big day with Shoot It Yourself!

Wedding Style Inspiration: English Country Castle Romance

Wedding Style Inspiration: English Country Castle Romance

Immerse yourself in the romance of this 21st century wedding style meets beautiful English country house Nonsuch Mansion in Surrey. A stunning Georgian gem with elegant high ceilings, stained windows, detailed features and fireplaces. Prepare to fall in love with this fairytale…

Wedding Style Inspiration: English Country Castle Romance

Wedding Style Inspiration: English Country Castle Romance

The dress is a jaw-dropping gown named Annabella, designed with elegant lace and hand-beaded embellishments. A timeless and classic look to compliment the surroundings. The second dress is a lace two-piece dress Aurelia with a structured satin silk skirt. The look is finished with a classic veil from Victoria Millensime. The beautifully beaded shoes were provided by Emmy London completing the bridal look.

Wedding Style Inspiration: English Country Castle Romance

Wedding Style Inspiration: English Country Castle RomanceWedding Style Inspiration: English Country Castle Romance

The breath-taking and beautiful flowers were supplied by the very talented Liz Indigo Jones from Blue Sky Flowers. We were in love with all the floral styling especially the breath-taking archway with vibrant blush tones and lush wild foliage. The bouquet was a beautiful hand tied bouquet with Ohara Roses, Blush Ranunculus, Hydrangea, Stocks, Sweet Avalanche, Anemones, Jasmise and Lilac and Parrot Tulips and was fastened with a soft pale blush ribbon from Pompom Blossom.

Behind The Scenes…

The fireplace was also one of our favourite features with wild foliage matched with pretty candle sticks and a large urn with high centrepiece flowers. The lanterns from Nonsuch Mansion and Couvert created an even more beautiful setting for the archway and fireplace.

Wedding Style Inspiration: English Country Castle Romance

Wedding Style Inspiration: English Country Castle RomanceWedding Style Inspiration: English Country Castle Romance

We created a unique food setting with gold tones and candlelight complimented with rich fruit colours and a true English heritage and love for literature.

The dining table was a luxe, classic and creative design incorporating white linen matched with blush and gold tones to add additional texture and intertwined between gold candle sticks and tea lights to give a natural and elegant candlelight. The beautiful tableware gold charger plates and gold cutlery was supplied by Couvert including fine decorative glassware with gold details matched with a soft blush table runner from Pompom Blossom.

Wedding Style Inspiration: English Country Castle RomanceWedding Style Inspiration: English Country Castle Romance

 

VENUE Nonsuch Mansion
STYLING Katie Stocks, Bride and Beau
STYLING ASSISTANT Dalma Tarnok
PHOTOGRAPHY Eva Tarnok
HAIR AND MAKEUP Sophie Cook
DRESSES Mirror Mirror Bridal
ACCESSORIES Victoria Millésime
SHOES Emmy London
FLOWERS Blue Sky Flowers
STATIONERY Moon and Tide Calligraphy
CAKE Andi Freeman Cakes
SILK RIBBONS AND LINEN Pompom Blossom
MIRROR, CANDELABRA, CANDLES Stress Free Hire
TABLEWARE, GLASSES, LANTERNS Couvert Event Hire
VIDEOGRAPHY Confetti and Silk
MODELS Dina Rims and Adam Davidson

Want a Beautiful Wedding Video? 8 Reasons To Shoot It Yourself!

Want a Beautiful Wedding Video? 8 Reasons To Shoot It Yourself!

Don’t want to miss any of the action on your wedding day? Shoot It Yourself allow your friends and family to capture every second of your special day in both the most heartfelt and hilarious ways that will leave you glad you did it! Let the most creative family members and guests release their inner videographer to capture the highlights of your day in the most personal and relaxed way and maybe even a few humorous moments you weren’t there to witness!

Capture all the action

With your friends in charge of the filming, not only will your guests feel more comfortable leaving messages but you will too, meaning the footage is more fun, informal and meaningful! Check out this video which explains why it is totally different from hiring a wedding videographer >>

https://vimeo.com/95286489

It is super easy!

It’s not as hard as videographers would have you believe! All of the cameras are broadcast quality, fully automatic and they come with awesome online video tutorials to show people how to make the filming even more fun!

Want a Beautiful Wedding Video? 8 Reasons To Shoot It Yourself!

No time limit

Unlike a hiring a videographer, there is no time limit to your filming time, no second takes and no stranger following you around. You’ll have the cameras for four whole days and no restrictions to worry about!

 

Professional editing

Becs and Andrea, who started Shoot It Yourself, spent 10 years directing TV programmes so they know what they’re doing when it comes to editing a good narrative. With their team of highly skilled editors they’ve successfully edited hundreds of wedding videos since so you know your finished video edit will be in good hands.

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Recommended by real brides

Not sure whether you can ask your friends? In a recent survey, 94% of those who had filmed a friend’s wedding would recommend it to other friends and offer to film it for them too. 96% described the finished video as ‘amazing’.

Want a Beautiful Wedding Video? 8 Reasons To Shoot It Yourself!

The biggest regret…

Ask your married friends what they think! Most couples who don’t get a video of their big day say that it is one of their biggest regrets. Your wedding day is the most important day of your life. You eat the food, the flowers will die eventually but the video and the photos will be there forever.

Want a Beautiful Wedding Video? 8 Reasons To Shoot It Yourself!

Pack your memories

Getting married abroad? Why not take the Shoot It Yourself cameras in your hand luggage with you? Shoot It Yourself are hugely popular with couples who are getting married abroad and don’t fancy hiring the local videographer. Check out their fantastic wedding video packages to see how Shoot It Yourself can even work for you destination wedding!

5-star reviews

Shoot It Yourself are proud to have over 70 5-star reviews on their hugely followed Facebook page and have even filmed their own testimonial video that you can see right here! >>

https://vimeo.com/93490547

Don’t regret not factoring a wedding video into your budget!

5 top tips to release your inner videographer!

So you’re weighing up whether to get a wedding video. What are your options? Hire a nice traditional wedding videographer or get your uncle to pick up some shots on his retro camcorder? But have you considered Shoot It Yourself?!

We’ll hire you the video cameras and edit whatever you film into a professional wedding video that really captures the fun and excitement of your big day from your friends and family perspective.

Film your mates

If you’re not sure what to film, go and find your mates! Get them to leave a message or tell a story about the bride and groom that will make them laugh when they watch it back.

 

Morning FilmIng Tips from Shoot It Yourself on Vimeo.

 

Capture the key moments

As a guest, you’re going to be watching all of the key moments of the day so just make sure that you’ve got the video camera with you! Take turns in filming so that it doesn’t become one person’s responsibility and film in short bursts rather than leaving the camera rolling for ages. Bit boring!

 

How to Film The Ceremony and Speeches from Shoot It Yourself on Vimeo.

 

Interview other friends and family

Our clients tell us that their most favourite part of their wedding video is listening to the messages and words of advice from their nearest and dearest. These can be funny or heart felt but they will be precious to look back on in years to come

 

Dance whilst filming during the party

Most wedding’s are remembered for the party so make sure that the camera picks up the fun too! Pop the top light onto the video camera and get right up close and personal on the dance floor to get the best footage.

 

Film little and often

You’re not a traditional wedding videographer so don’t worry too much about getting too many shots of the cake or the venue – the photographer has got this wrapped up. Film people engaging with the video camera at different points during the day and then put it away to drink some champagne!

 

 

The best advice we can give is ‘relax!” It’s not a huge ask and it’s actually awesome fun. With a positive attitude you’ll nail it and your friends will love you for it for ever!

How to DIY your wedding

So many of our real brides and grooms are choosing DIY weddings, creating the stationery, decorations and cake themselves or with the help of family and friends. Doing some of your big day preparations yourselves can save you money and is a great way to introduce your own personalities and memories. When your weekends are full of w-day planning, it’s also the perfect opportunity to spend time with family and friends crafting together.

All of this comes with one word of caution, as per the Wedding Ideas mantra. Your dress, venue and photographer are all elements that are vital to your wedding and, as such, we recommend that you get the best you can. So unless you’re a sewing superwoman, leave the dress making to the professionals and get stuck in with these DIY wedding ideas instead!

 

DIY wedding ideas to handmake your dream big day!
Photography: kristyfieldphotography.co.uk

 

Stationery

Invite a few crafty friends over to create your wedding stationery. Use our real weddings for inspiration and then get making! Whether you design your save the date cards, invitations and seating plan on the computer or hand make each one, you can create the exact design you’ve imagined and make the stationery truly personal to you as a couple.

 

DIY wedding ideas to handmake your dream big day!
Photography: BE Wedding Photography
DIY wedding ideas to handmake your dream big day!
Photography: albertpalmerphotography.com
DIY wedding ideas to handmake your dream big day!
Photography: alexa-loy.com

 

Food

There are several DIY wedding ideas when it comes to the food. If you know a brilliant baker or are one yourself, why not bake your own cake? Allow plenty of time beforehand for baking and creating all the decorations to avoid last minute stress and leave a list of set up instructions for the big day when you’ll be busy getting ready yourself.

Depending on your venue, you can also do some of the wedding food yourself. The most popular option for this is to leave the wedding breakfast to the pros and just supply the evening food yourself. Ask friends and family to each bring an item to effortlessly create a buffet your guests will be drooling over. Think cheeseboards, quiches, pies, cold meats, salads and desserts.

 

DIY wedding ideas to handmake your dream big day!
Photography: adamjames.co.uk

 

Flowers

If you’re a dab hand at flower arranging or willing to learn, buying your blooms at a local flower market and arranging them yourself can save money in your big day budget. You’ll need vases, a stash of oasis and pretty ribbons to pull it off.

Another option is to grow some of your flowers yourself. This will mean choosing from flowers that are in season at the time of your wedding, so if you have your heart set on a specific bloom, a florist is probably the way to go.

 

DIY wedding ideas to handmake your dream big day!
Photography: octoberward.com

 

Favours

Another very popular way to DIY your wedding is to create your own favours. Options abound with brides and grooms choosing to collect and fill sweetie jars, bake their own edible gifts, make their own candles and even brew their own alcoholic beverages. Wherever your skills or passions lie, there’s bound to be a way you can turn it into a fantastic favour for your guests.

 

DIY wedding ideas to handmake your dream big day!
Photography: kristyfield.co.uk
DIY wedding ideas to handmake your dream big day!
Photography: kristyfield.co.uk

 

Decorations

The easiest of DIY wedding ideas are the decorations because there are so many options and step-by-step tutorials available. Whether you sew your own bunting, collect jars and candles, pick up some fairy lights or get creative with your centrepieces, the possibilities are endless and definitely not limited to rustic weddings. Add photo frames in your colour palette around the room or create an accent decoration to highlight your theme like metallics, sparkles and feathers for 1920’s opulence.

 

DIY wedding ideas to handmake your dream big day!
Photography: albertpalmerphotography.com

 

Film it yourself!

If you’ve followed our advice and hired a brilliant photographer to capture the day you become husband and wife, you might not have the budget left to hire a videographer too. Among the top of the list of newlywed’s regrets is not videoing their wedding. Don’t let it be one of yours! Enlist the help of a few good friends to take it in turns filming parts of your big day. Just imagine how wonderful it will feel to relive the ‘I dos’, the speeches, the first dance…

 

What are your favourite DIY wedding ideas?

A luxury wedding event ‘Quintessentially weddings’ for every brides diary!

Dior, Ladurée, Harrods and Giuseppe Zanotti have all been confirmed as part of the impressive line-up of luxury names taking part at The Quintessentially Weddings Atelier this Spring!

The Atelier brings together the finest wedding designers and artisans at one unrivalled event, and takes place at the iconic London hotel, The Langham, from 31st March to the 2nd April.

 

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Wedding Experts

The planners of some of the world’s finest Weddings, Quintessentially Weddings, will give invaluable planning advice.

The world’s finest wedding gifts will be presented by Harrods of Knightsbridge, and Farley will provide their dramatic one of a kind furniture throughout the event.

 

 

Food & Drink


The Langham, London
will be showcasing its finest event spaces and Michel Roux Jnr will be dropping in to discuss Private Dining by Roux. Guests can sample Cointreau’s new wedding cocktail or browse the Atelier with a legendary Bloom G&T.

Wedding Attire

Bridal designers Suzie Turner, The Couture Gallery and Ritva Westenius will be showcasing their latest creations and Luna Mae London will be revealing their most intimate lingerie designs. Bridesmaids and cocktail wear is by Needle and Thread, and Giuseppe Zanotti will provide the most glamorous bridal shoes.

Purely Diamonds and Hannah Rose present their breath-taking wedding rings and jewellery, and Rockcoco will show an enchanting range of bridal fans.

Hair & Beauty

For the most luxurious bridal beauty offering, Dior will be conducting make-up trials and skin care consultations, while beauty bloggers’ favourite Bardou will take care of the hair. Personal pampering sessions can be booked on arrival.

Cakes & Flowers

Ricky Paul and Grandirosa will both create their Magnum Opus of floral design, and Ladurée and Pink Frosting Cake Company will present their mouth-watering confections.

 

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Stationery

Stationery is by Leeming Brothers, the fine stationery experts, and ER Stationery will showcase their innovative silk invitation boxes.

Photography, Video & Entertainment

Fashion & TV photographer Stuart Wood is providing his award winning photography services and The Wedding Filmmakers, their unique videography. Live entertainment will be provided by ALR Music and some surprising photobooths by Megabooth.

Book online now at quintessentiallyatelier.com

Wedding videos: do you really need one?

Wedding videos are your chance to relive your most magical of days - but did they make it to your short list or did they cut from your wedding budget?

It’s one of those decisions that you keep putting off, a heart versus head type. Budget versus wedding videography. So, how essential is it to have a wedding videographer to capture your very, very special day on film?

Victoria Morris, wedding planner and director of Sophisticated Weddings said…

 

“Some of our clients have said in the past that their only regret was to not have hired a wedding videographer to capture their incredible wedding day here in Italy. Unfortunately often the thought of over stretching the budget prevents clients from considering videography as an essential part of their wedding expenses.”

Wedding videos are your chance to relive your most magical of days - but did they make it to your short list or did they cut from your wedding budget?
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How do you decide if wedding videos are for you?

Some couples absolutely hate the idea of having a videographer as they want to relax and enjoy the day without having another professional (in addition to the photographer) in close proximity. It’s also easy to remember back to when wedding videography meant a long, boring and often very cheesy film montage played in front of a tired family audience! However these days there are so many incredible cinematic styles of filming that you can choose the perfect style of shooting to you as a couple; unobtrusive and spectacular.

The movement of your dress as you walk down the aisle; the growing smile on your groom’s face as you approach him; your grandparents dancing; the way you said your vows – these are things photography cannot capture. Replaying those incredible moments could never carry a price tag. So many couples say their days pass in a happy blur that having the chance to live those moments again in their wedding videos is invaluable.

“I find myself getting quite emotional watching back wedding videography of our clients. It really evokes incredible memories of how exceptional their day was. We work with many videographers who all offer a different style of filming but I always love watching the funny moments, the romantic moments, and the interactions between family and friends” wedding planner Victoria says.

Wedding videos are your chance to relive your most magical of days - but did they make it to your short list or did they cut from your wedding budget?
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When considering which videographer is right for you, take your time to choose carefully.

Firstly look at what experience they have and ask to see recent examples of their wedding videos and testimonials from happy clients.

Next you need to establish whether their style suits you as a couple. A dramatic cinematographic style may not be right for the shy couples amongst you.

Finally, ensure that you feel comfortable with your chosen videographer and most importantly that you can put forward any requests with ease to guarantee every significant detail is captured in the most magical and fitting way possible.

Wedding videos can then be cherished for years to come and bring back those fabulous memories time and time again, are you sure you wouldn’t regret not having one?

Are wedding videos on your must-have list? Have you budgeted for one?

Value the memories of your day in motion picture with a videographer!

When it comes such a monumental occasion as your wedding day you wouldn’t ever consider not having a photographer snap away the memories of you and your guests as you enter married life! There are certain elements that cannot be captured in the same way with still photography…this is where Keiran Fuller, Videographer and Founder of Fuller productions is here with us to explain exactly why this is something you don’t want to regret having not considered in the lead up to one of the biggest days of your life.

‘Why you should have a videographer?’ was made to give people a ‘sort of’ reality check. I think it can be quite easy to get carried away focusing too much on the budget or creating the perfect wedding that sometimes you may forget about the day itself. I try to tell Brides/Grooms-to-be that you’ve got to remember, it’s one day, it happens so fast and as a videographer, I’m here to make it last a lot longer.

 I’ve had many newlyweds who have told me that the video was the best money they spent because I think it’s the video they watch over and over again. Not only can they watch their wedding, but they can hear it. They can hear the moment they say “I do” or the best man attempting to be witty and sentimental at the same time which I’m sure isn’t easy but makes great entertainment. It’s these moments people will watch and will be reminded of the emotional day they had which can take remembering your day a little further than just photography so why not budget for both to give your wedding day life insurance.

Your wedding day is going to be filled with all those that matter most to you and they’re there to celebrate with you, be happy for you, it’s a day that’s filled with so much emotion and positive affirmations. I’ve had a couple request to capture footage of one of their close relatives as they weren’t very well and so I knew having this video was going to be so valuable to them.
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 Another of my couples said “We decided last minute to book a videographer for our wedding, several friends told me it was their biggest regret as the day flies by so quickly. How right they were. I thought I would feel self conscious being filmed but Keiran and his assistant were quiet, polite and unobtrusive. A pleasure to have around on our big day.”

48 hrs after the wedding Keiran sent us an 8 minute highlight of his footage. Nothing could have prepared us for the result. We were speechless. Anyone can stand and film a wedding but he had captured in 8 minutes the essence of the day.”

It effortlessly flows from the serious service to the laughter of the drinks reception, arrival of evening guests and crazy dancing later on. It was without doubt the best money we ever spent, 12 days on and we are still watching it 3 times a day and have just managed to stop crying each time.”

See more of Keiran’s work on his motion view website Fuller Productions.

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What do you think of when you think wedding video? Dull? Dated? Slow? Boring…..?

Music Wedding Videos was born from those exact reactions in 2011 and we are now the UK’s leading bespoke wedding video company coming up to our 5th year.

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Why is that?

The reason is simple, we encourage you to watch your wedding video over and over again, reliving your big day and watching everyone having such a great time.

The concept is very simple.

You pick a song, we have a consultation with you beforehand to discuss structure and storyboard; then we turn up with our cameras, lyrics and music and we capture people having fun.

During the day we get people singing, dancing, waving, smiling, laughing, and then cut it ‘MTV style’ and make you all stars of your own Music Wedding Video.

We don’t take over the day and only shoot the video when there are gaps in proceedings. Our perfect opportunity is when the photos are been shot or turnaround after dinner.

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The concept is a double-edged sword

We turn up on the day and have fun with everyone which brings it’s own entertainment. We try and get everyone involved whether they are on the video for 3 seconds or 15 seconds, to really capture someone’s personality. Then 6 weeks later you have an edited music video, where you probably haven’t seen the majority of ‘moves and shapes’ happening.

Are you the type of couple who would bask in the concept or would you get stage fright?

At numerous shows, we do have people who say that they can’t see themselves ever doing that kind of thing. This is great! Some say we are like marmite. It is not a hard sell and we wouldn’t try to ‘convince’ those people to do it as it would be hard work for us on the day. You know whether you, your friends and family would love or loathe this concept.

Once you do choose to book us for your day, we have found that there are three types of people.

Type 1 – The people who have a choreographed dance/organised routine that are like ‘just press record, we know what we’re doing’. They have been waiting for that moment all of their lives.

Type 2 – The people who say ‘Go on then, what do you want me to do’. Great, we say these are the two lines etc etc

Tyoe 3 – The people who just don’t get it, maybe aunts or uncles etc. This is also great because we just get them waving or subtle jazz hands. See what we can get away with as we want to get everyone in the video.

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The traditional parts….?

We also pop some traditional bits in from the day ie first kiss, first dance, cutting of the cake. This creates the narrative and journey of the video. Cut in everyone looking smart, having fun singing and dancing and there is your music video.

We do also shoot traditional videos including Ceremony, speeches, getting ready, first dance. We find that our combo is very popular because you have the fun, quirky video as well as the sensible ‘glass of wine with the grandparents’ video too.

Please take a look at our fun portfolio and visit Music Wedding Videos and we look forward to making you the stars on your big day!

Wedding Video Albums – The ultimate way to remember your special day!

I was lucky enough to work with the fantastic team at Wedding Video Albums to create the ultimate wedding gift – a super-easy to use digital video and photo album, allowing brides and grooms to relive the memories of their big day. With the ability to tailor the album to the style of the couple, this is the perfect wedding gift!

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I chose to use Wedding Video Albums as a wedding gift for the bride and groom, and they loved how personalised it was to them as a couple. I worked with the team to ensure the album was exactly how I had envisioned it – the service was exceptional and the team replied to emails straightaway. You can either create a slideshow of wedding photographs or you can add your wedding videos. I opted for a slideshow of my favourite wedding photographs, and the background music was the couple’s ceremony song. Alistair, from Wedding Video Albums, made sure it was perfect!

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The front and back covers were customised with their wedding photographs, and the inside cover was one of their ceremony readings. The finish was of the highest quality, and the couple absolutely loved it. You can personalise a single album exactly as you want it – no request is too big or too small! There is also a huge range of designs to choose from – from beach huts to bunting, there’s a design for you!

There is also a gift voucher option that allows you to buy this special product as a gift for someone, allowing them to personalise it to their specific taste at a later date.

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How does it work?

Wedding Video Albums are super easy to use, which is a huge relief for those of us who aren’t particularly tech-savvy! When you receive your Wedding Video Album it will be pre charged and ready to use. A fully charged battery will last about 2 hours. When your album needs charging again simply connect the mini USB and plug into any USB port and your album will start charging. A full charge will take about 20 minutes to complete fully.

Wedding Video Albums can be pre loaded with your photographs / videos before they are delivered to you. However, you can also load them onto the device once you have received them. Find out more about uploading content to your album here. The album has pause / play / skip options to use, and the 7-inch screen is perfect for reliving the most important day of your life.

Love the idea of a Wedding Video Album? Don’t forget to take a look at their website for more information!

 

An exciting new way to present your wedding video!

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Wedding Video Albums is the first product of its kind, allowing you to hold, cherish and share with friends, family and loved ones all of the video footage and digital imagery from your big day. Not only that, each one is individually personalised and printed exactly how you want it, before being hand assembled one by one here in the UK and shipped directly to you!

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In an ever evolving technology based world this is the perfect partner to the traditional wedding photo album rather than a replacement for it. Wedding Video Albums offer a unique digital “Keepsake” solution. As well as being ideal for your own wedding, it also makes a brilliant and very original gift idea offering the recipients the perfect way to cherish and share memories from their special day with their friends, family and loved ones time and time again.

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The professional automated service is super easy, making it quick and simple to pick a design, customise, and then order your very own Wedding Video Album. With no minimum order quantity you can order a single unit personalised exactly how you want it. There is also a gift voucher option that allows you to buy this special product as a gift for someone, allowing them to personalise it to their specific taste at a later date.

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The flexibility of this product allows you to use it for so much more than just a digital version of the traditional photo album. Wedding Video Albums are ideal for all wedding related occasions you wish to cherish such as Hen & Stag parties, honeymoons and wedding anniversaries.

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Wedding Video Albums offer an extensive design service along with the highest quality UK hand made finished product. With an extensive range of standard designs to choose from plus an exclusive “LillyPea” range as seen at John Lewis and notonthehighstreet.com there is something for everyone. If you are looking for something completely tailor made a bespoke design service is also available.

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A trade / reseller facility is also available for companies such as videographers, photographers, photo-booths, wedding planners etc. For more information visit the website today or alternatively call and speak to one of the team about your specific requirements.albumalb

6 wedding moments that should be captured on film

Your wedding photo album is something you can bring out on any occasion to help recall all those lovely memories about the big day, but sometimes photographs alone just aren’t enough!

So we’ve teamed up with wedding videography specialists at Mulhern Media to tell you which moments during the special day you should definitely try to capture on film…

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Walking down the aisle

For the bride, this is it – the moment you’ve been waiting for. Showing your dress off to everyone while your groom waits at the end of the aisle for you. Cherish the moment, it will be perfect. From the groom’s point of view, it’s the first time you’ve seen the bride-to-be in her wedding dress; it all becomes real. Both your eyes lock as the bride walks down the aisle – there may be tears, there may be smiles, but you can both relax as you become man and wife.

Vows

As nervous as you might be when you’re saying your vows, when you hear this back on film it will remind you how much you love each other, and how much meaning went into saying these vows to each other on your special day. Mulhern Media capture your vows perfectly through the use of a small radio mic on the groom’s suit jacket, so there will be no interference with audio.

First kiss

‘You may now kiss the bride’… Your first kiss as husband and wife is an essential moment to capture on film. Encourage your friends and family to clap and cheer as you do it too – it all adds to the excitement of the moment, and you’ll love reliving the moment over and over again.

Location shoot

At some point in the day, you will get a little bit of time to spend on your own as husband and wife. You may have a special location you would like to visit or you may want to use the beautiful grounds at the wedding venue. This is where we would work alongside the photographer to capture some beautiful, cinematic and natural shots of you both together which really adds another dimension to your wedding film.

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The speech

The first speech as a married couple! This is a great time for the groom to really tell the world, or at least the wedding party, how much he loves his new bride and what she means to him. This moment is very touching and can bring laughter and tears amongst other emotions. A little story of how you and your wife met always goes down well, especially mixed with some emotion and humour. It is also becoming popular for the bride to make a speech which is a nice change in tradition.

First dance

This is your time to show up to the camera! Many couples now have lessons for their first dance so this is your chance to show your guests those moves! Make sure you encourage your guests to join you on the dancefloor to really get the night going.

And we’ve got some top tips on filming your big day too… check them out here!

11 ways to get your wedding videography right

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Still debating whether or not you need a wedding videographer? We say, absolutely! Here are 11 ways to make sure your big day video is one to watch again and again… For all the right reasons!

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Quality worth paying for

“The price of a videographer’s work reflects their quality. Filming a wedding day for nearly 12 hours, editing it, and so on, is time consuming. If you are happy to pay £2,000 for a dress, why not pay a videographer to capture you in that wedding dress?” Robert at Ding Dong Wedding Videos

Keep it for the professionals

“Wedding videography is a bit more than just pointing a camera, it involves experience, skill and time. It involves as much, if not more work, than a photographer, so asking someone to film a video for nothing is a risky venture.” Robert at Ding Dong Wedding Videos

Legalities

“If you’re planning a church wedding, it is essential to get the permission of the Vicar and of the minister who is conducting the service, as some churches have a policy against recording in order to preserve their image for copyright reasons.” Philip at Cupcake Videos

Variety of videography

“There are so many different styles of videography to choose from, from nostalgic 8mm to contemporary and cinematic. Take your time to find a style that suits you, and think about how it may age over the next few decades! Many fads from the 80s and 90s are now cringeworthy and the same thing could be true of current trends.” Zoe at Ido Wedding Films

Stick to your style

“Different videographers have different styles, so it’s really important that you do your own research first, find the style that you like, and then find a videographer who can do it for you.” Irene at Dolce Vita Films

“When meeting a videographer, ask to see full examples of their work and not just a showreel as they could be hiding the bad parts.” Robert at Ding Dong Wedding Videos

Communication is key

“Once you’ve found a videographer that you like, and that fits into your price range, have a long conversation about your plans for the day and how you see the final video looking. It’s easy for wires to get crossed and it’s much easier to get any problems ironed out ahead of the big day!” Irene at Dolce Vita Films

Double up

“Another aspect to consider when choosing a videographer for your wedding is how many crew they will send on the day. Having multiple crew means multiple angles and more memories can be captured.” Irene at Dolce Vita Films

“Be sure to ask how many cameras your videographer or videographers will use on the day – two should be your minimum, after all, there are no retakes for your wedding day! It also means that you’ll get more perspectives of your big day, lending more of a holistic scope to the final product, and allowing you to get far more for your money.” Philip at Cupcake Videos

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Get in there early

“Plan your wedding photographer around the same time as your photographer so you won’t get disappointed. Leaving it last minute with a budget of £20 will leave you with limited options.” Robert at Ding Dong Wedding Videos

Get the sound sorted

“When people think about a wedding video, beautiful visuals immediately spring to mind, and why wouldn’t they? But what happens when you finally receive your wedding video, only to find that the emotional speech from the father of the bride is drowned out by Uncle Ted munching on cheese and biscuits? Bad sound can render a precious memory practically unwatchable, so be sure to consider this in your consultation.” Philip at Cupcake Videos

“Make sure that you involve your videographer with the rest of your team, too, including the venue managers, photographers, audio team and DJ. A good videographer will work with everyone else to ensure that you get the perfect coverage and audio from your wedding!” Irene at Dolce Vita Films

Just in case

“Ask them what happens if they’re unable to cover your big day due to illness. Do they have a back-up or good relationships with other professionals? We’ve covered four weddings this year for couples who have been let down last minute, so it happens!” Zoe at Ido Wedding Films

Post-wedding bits and bobs

“Agree a date with your videographer about when you can see a first cut of the video, and negotiate about whether you can make any changes to it. At Dolce Vita Films, we always give couples two stages of sign-off so they can make small changes to the video, to fit their personal preference.” Irene at Dolce Vita Films

“Is there an option to see a draft of your film? It’s a great way of making sure the film is yours and exactly how you want it.” Zoe at Ido Wedding Films

Great advice there. Check out more videos from these fab videographers on their website, they might just be the videographer for you! Want to know how to look your best in your wedding film? Check out our posing tips right here.

Save an incredible £400 on a video package at Shoot It Yourself!

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Don’t think you can afford to have a wedding video? Think again! This wonderful winter offer from Shoot It Yourself is just too good to miss…

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The lovely folks at Shoot It Yourself understand that, like ice cream vans, weddings are seasonal and whilst they’re almost fully booked for every weekend between May and September, some of their cameras get very lonely in the winter months!

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That’s why they’re offering one of their biggest-ever discount packages for winter 2014 brides. This incredible money-saving offer includes 2 video cameras, 4 extra copies of your finished DVD, 2 top lights and all of the unedited footage from the entire night on DVD for you to watch over and over again! All this for just £800 instead of £1,200!

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This very special offer is not available to book online, so to take advantage give Andrea and the friendly team at Shoot It Yourself a call on 01993 224 185 or email kate@shoot-it-yourself.co.uk as soon as possible! Cameras will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so book now to avoid disappointment.

Want to add some fun to your wedding photos? Try out some of these cool ideas with your bridal party!

“I hate my wedding video!” Brides reveal their video regrets…

“Boring, stuffy and cheesy!” These were just a few of the words married couples used to describe their wedding video in a recent video survey commissioned by Shoot It Yourself. 

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In an effort to find out what people thought of traditional wedding videography, the girls from Shoot It Yourself took to the streets with their nifty video cameras to ask married couples if they hired a videographer to film their wedding and if so, what they thought of the video. The results were shocking! “I hate it,” said one bride.”I hated all of it!”

Check out what they said here!

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So what can you do to avoid feeling like these brides? Why not have your family, friends and guests create your own unique wedding video with Shoot It Yourself?

Unlike traditional wedding videography, the appeal of Shoot It Yourself is that you and your guests will feel more natural being filmed by friends, and therefore the footage that you get is much more personal and meaningful to you. “I think it’s definitely a good idea,” said Mark Millar from BBC One’s DIY SOS, who got married in April this year. “You can be more creative and use your imagination a bit more rather than being told what to do by a stranger!”

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Once the couples were introduced to the concept of filming your own wedding video, they all unanimously agreed that it was a really good idea! “People are much more comfortable with being filmed by people they know,” said one bride. “It’s a great idea!”

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“We wanted to conduct the video survey to challenge people’s perceptions of wedding videography and to enlighten them about what we do,” said Andrea McDowell, founder of Shoot It Yourself. “The look on people’s faces when we told them about SIY was amazing! We have created a whole new concept in wedding videography that appeals to people who traditionally wouldn’t have wanted to have a wedding video because they were perceived as being a bit cheesy!”

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Shoot It Yourself have definitely created a bit of a stir in the wedding industry since they launched in Feb 2010 and have successfully edited over 750 wedding videos. Check out what makes them great in this short video!

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We’re hooked! If you are too, don’t forget to check out the Shoot It Yourself website, or visit our Wedding Videography section for more ideas and inspiration.

How to create a live instagram slideshow at your wedding reception

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If you want your wedding to be the social media event of the year, you need to get yourself a hashtag and this brand new service from wedding company ii.do

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Social-savvy brides and grooms are going to love this new idea! ii.do have designed a live social media feed for weddings, meaning all the fun and excitement of the big day can be transmitted live at your event! All you have to do choose a wedding hashtag and a pretty template from the ii.do website that will form the basis of your slideshow.

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Times and dates of your wedding reception can be entered and you can even conduct a test with their free service, to make sure everything runs smoothly before the big day arrives. Sounds cool, right? Here’s how to set up your own live wedding instagram and twitter slideshows in four easy steps…

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Step 1

Choose a wedding hashtag. This could be your names, nicknames or whatever you like – just make it personal to you!

Step 2

Choose a slideshow from one of ii.do’s online templates. This will form the background of your slideshow so try to choose one that complements your wedding theme.

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Display your slideshow to your guests. You can do this by hooking up a laptop to a big screen or projector with a HDMI cable at your reception.

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See all the hashtagged images and videos from instagram and twitter appear on the screen as if by magic and watch the faces of your guests as they watch themselves on the screen.

To celebrate the launch of their new company, ii.do are also holding a competition with 100 of their $300 premium packages up for grabs. To enter, just fill in your details on their site, follow them on instagram @iidoHQ and then tag something old, something borrowed or something blue, for your chance to win your something new!

Want more quirky ways to entertain your guests? Check out these cool ideas…

Music for weddings doesn’t have to be traditional – take a look at these fun ideas!

Although many brides think that music for weddings boils down to a choice between a band and a DJ, this couldn’t be further from the truth! We’ve spotted some great, quirky music ideas in our real weddings – here are a few to get you thinking!

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Pick a piper

If either you or your h2b have Scottish heritage, then why not consider a traditional bagpiper to serenade you on your big day? This is a particularly great option for your recessional music, or to signal your arrival at the ceremony venue. If either of you have Irish blood, then bagpipes or even traditional Uilleann pipes would also be a fantastic choice – they’re guaranteed to get your guests feeling the Celtic spirit!

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Drums of steel

On the other side of the globe, you’ve got amazing steel drum bands – this type of music will instantly give your reception a tropical feel, so it’s a great choice for brides marrying on the beachfront, either in the UK or abroad. Why not go the whole hog and have a limbo at your reception? After a few drinks, your guests will relish the silliness of the challenge, and it’s sure to provide some excellent photo opportunities!

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Set the record

This is one idea we love for vintage-inspired weddings – you can now hire vintage record players and gramophones for a genuine vintage experience at your reception! This old-school music option suits weddings from many decades, including 1920s Gatsby-inspired themes and retro 1940s and 50s themes. It’s a little touch that will make a huge difference to the sound of your music, and it looks a lot more authentic than wartime classics blaring from an iPod dock!

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A romantic Renaissance

Going even further back in time, there are loads of options if you and your h2b are planning a Medieval or Renaissance-themed wedding day. Lutes (like the one pictured above) are a brilliant alternative to a classic guitar, especially if the player arrives in costume! Harps and flutes will also sound excellent, so don’t be afraid to make some requests. Why not take a look at our Game of Thrones wedding theme for inspiration?

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The cutest choir

Live choirs are guaranteed to get the hairs on the back of your neck standing up, particularly at a church wedding. Instead of an adult choir though, why not ask your local school choir to step in? This is an extra-sweet choice if you and your new husband met at school as children, or if you’re marrying near or at your old school. Plus it’ll make for adorable photographs!

Not convinced? Take a look at the end of Tom Fletcher’s famous wedding speech/song to his new wife Giovanna. She’s serenaded by the Sylvia Young Theatre School choir, which is particularly apt as that’s where Tom and Giovanna met aged 13 – so cute!

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Do it yourself

A lot of brides would shy away from the idea of performing at their own wedding, but all you need is a reasonable voice and a lot of confidence! If your groom has always loved the sound of your singing, then imagine how much it would mean to him to have you serenade him with a love song on your special day.

If the thought of going it alone scares you, then why not consider having karaoke at the reception and getting the whole family to join in? It’s a fun and unique idea that’s sure to get your guests giggling.

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A musical speech

This is one for the men! If your groom, best man or dad is dreading giving his speech, why doesn’t he think about making a hilarious music video instead? This real groom made a Westlife-style parody proclaiming his love for his bride that had everyone in tears of laughter.

If you want to create a wedding video with a twist, why not get all your guests involved and create a music video? We love Marryokes for a brilliant take on the traditional wedding film – you and all your guests mime along to a track of your choice throughout the day, leaving you with your very own music video after the day is over!

Check out more wedding music and entertainment here, or chat with real brides on our Forum to see what they’ve chosen for their special days!

8 ways to guarantee the perfect DIY wedding video

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Thinking about filming your own wedding day? We asked Andrea McDowell, founder of Shoot It Yourself, how to get perfect results from your DIY wedding video that you’ll want to watch again and again…

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Who’s filming?

Choosing to film your own wedding is a fantastic opportunity to capture your big day from your friend’s and families’ perspective but it’s important that you think carefully about who you’re going to trust with this important task. At Shoot It Yourself, we recommend you pick five or six different friends and make sure that they feel happy to do some filming. It’s important to tell them that you’re not expecting them to be your ‘professional wedding videographer’ throughout the entire day, too. If they are close friends or family members they will want to do a good job for you and it will make them feel as though they have an important role in your celebration – which they have!

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Give them a brief

The last thing you want to be worrying about on your wedding day is whether the video cameras are being used. Before the day arrives, make sure that you give your filmers different sections of the day to capture – for example, the bridesmaids and groomsmen film themselves in the morning, hand the cameras to Sarah and Jeff to film the ceremony and so on. There are lots of video tutorials in the Filmer’s Area of the Shoot It Yourself website but take a look at this one about interviewing your guests. And don’t forget our handy Camera Timetable download a copy to amend for your own big day!

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Leave messages

The best wedding films we edit are those where the bride and groom have actually sat down together before the big day and thought of things that they would like to include in their wedding video. You could agree to leave a message to each other the night before, arrange for your presents to each other to be opened on camera or have little chats with the camera throughout the day on how you’re feeling, together and individually. It’ll be these moments that you’ll look back on when you’re old and grey and will give you goose bumps!

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Set some challenges

Aimlessly wandering around filming everything that moves does not a great wedding video make! The best filming is always done with a purpose and works best if it’s done in 10 to 20 minute bursts. Why not arrange for one of your friends to film a marryoke, capture 10 people doing a silly dance or set up a video diary in another room at your reception with funny questions for your guests. They’re simple ideas but definitely make your wedding video more personal once it’s been edited.

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Use the tripod

Even the most experienced wedding videographers with the steadiest of hands would struggle to stand in one place, holding the same shot for a long time. With most ceremonies and speeches going on for at least 30 minutes each, it’s best to have the tripod set up ready to start recording ahead of time. Make sure that the tripod and the camera is always as close as possible to the person speaking in order get the best sound and that the shot from the tripod is a good one, then your filmer can keep an eye on it without worrying about any wobbles!

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Don’t turn the camera on its side!

If you’re anything like us, we’re forever whipping out our smart phone to take videos – however unlike a smart phone, our videos will be playing on a TV which cannot be turned on its side! Footage filmed on a video camera on its side will come out with big black bars either side when you put it on the TV so remember to keep the camera straight and if you want to fit more into your shot, just step back!

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Beware of the zoom

The ability to zoom in is certainly an awesome feature although be careful not to over zoom on the big day. When the video camera is zoomed in as far as it will go, it makes the footage very wobbly indeed and a little bit grainy (especially if you’re in a dark room). Our top tip would be to just move closer to the object or person you want to film.

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Find some inspiration

Like most things when it comes to wedding planning, the more research you do, the more inspiration you get! With over 700 wedding videos on the Shoot It Yourself Vimeo channel, there are enough ‘film your own’ wedding video examples to get your creative juices flowing. Finally our top tip is to make sure you have fun! Spin around the room as a selfie, run and jump over the camera on the floor and use the lens as if it were a mirror. The ideas are endless and the more you have, the better your edited video will be… And remember, there’s nothing wrong with a bit of nudity, either!

For more DIY wedding inspiration, check out our Planning section and Real Weddings right now!