The wedding film jargon guide

From drone cameras to lip syncing guests, Nicola Love is here with what you need to know about the added extras you can get with your wedding film.

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Aerial footage is the best way to transform your wedding film from indie rom-com to Hollywood blockbuster. However drone filming requires special equipment plus the right licence and insurance, something the filmmaker will arrange and incorporate into the cost of your film.

“Drone footage is fantastic when used sparingly and purposely,” Steve from Cherry Tree Wedding Films explains. “It’s great for showing off scenery around the venue or for a sweeping shot of your wedding guests after the ceremony.” A separate camera operator is usually responsible for operating a drone camera so your filmmaker doesn’t miss any magic moments on the ground.



The revival of lip syncing has brought marryoke to the forefront of couples’ minds again “ and we love it. The couple pick a song “ preferably something well-known and upbeat “ and the filmmaker records the guests miming along to create one hilarious music video. “Marryoke is great with the right people and the right song,” James from Strawberry Wedding Films says.

“When there’s a lull in the day, it provides a bit of entertainment. I’ve done it with bridesmaids during bridal prep in the morning and it was such a laugh.”



A modern take on the handwritten classic, this is when guests deliver their well wishes to a camera.”There’s usually an area set up where filmmakers can take guests during quiet moments in the day,” Iain from Wedding Video Services advises.

If you want sweet, heartfelt messages, it’s also something best done pre-watershed “ otherwise your granny could be left covering her ears after hearing about the groom’s stag do escapades on your wedding video! “If possible the couple should handpick a few guests who they’d most want messages from so filmmakers can seek them out,” Iain adds.



Like the name suggests, a same-day preview is when the filmmaker turns around a short highlights reel of your wedding that very same day. Perfect for couples having an intimate ceremony and a bigger party at night, the idea is that a short clip will be screened at the evening reception so guests get a glimpse of the ˜I do’s.

“Our editor works on-site to create a 3-5 minute clip that showcases the first part of the day,” James explains. “The editing process takes a few hours and the final clip can include bride and groom prep, your pre-wedding story and even highlights of the ceremony.”



A highlights video tells the story of your wedding day, usually in less than 10 minutes. “[Highlights] show the key moments and most important people from the day,” Steve explains.

“It tends to be more emotional than the main film because it’s everything from your wedding rolled into a short clip.” Depending on whether you’ve opted for a filmmaker with a cinematic or documentary style, a highlights reel can include snippets from speeches  or the ceremony, music playing over key moments from the day “ or a mixture of both.

“Each couple is different “ a lot of grooms tell me they don’t want their voice in the highlights! “ so each highlights video is different,” James notes.

Most filmmakers send trailers to couples a few weeks after the big day. “These are even shorter than highlights, usually about two minutes,” Steve adds. “They don’t doesn’t give everything away, but they give a taste of what’s to come.”