The wedding videographer is responsible for creating a checklist that will be used on the big day to ensure that all the important aspects of the wedding are captured on video. Thereafter, the videographer has to share the checklist with the soon-to-be-married couple and obtain approval or make a few adjustments as may be deemed necessary. Preparing the checklist is incomplete without inclusion of the equipment that the videographer will use. Such equipment includes batteries, video cameras, chargers, lights, tripods, microphones, and memory cards. The equipment should be within easy reach so that the videographer does not forget any crucial item.
The checklist should also include the people the photographer will capture on camera. While it is obvious that the videographer will capture as many people as possible, some are more important than the rest during the wedding. The bride and groom must feature on this list, quite obviously. Parents of the bride and groom should also feature on the checklist. Members of the bridal party should also be included in the list. The list would be incomplete without the family members from both sides. The videographer can then have fun while taking video of the bride while she gets ready for the big day. Ask the bride some questions while capturing the moment on video.
The checklist should also include all the most important aspects of the ceremony itself. This includes the minister in charge of the ceremony. The checklist will remind the videographer to plant a microphone right where the ceremony will be taking place. The videographer can coordinate with the person hired to offer photography services. Take videos of the couple as they exchange vows under the direction of the minister in charge of the ceremony. Take videos of the couple exchanging rings, and kissing. Take close-up shots as well as wider views of the entire ceremony, from as many angles as possible.
The checklist should also cater for the transition time. This is a very important time, but many videographers idle away when transitioning from the wedding to the reception. This time should be spent setting up the equipment and getting ready for the reception. Alternatively, the videographer may use the time to interview some guests. Preferably, the videographer can follow the newly weds as they share their first moments together as husband and wife. When the bride and groom make their big entrance at the reception, the videographer should be ready with all the necessary equipment to capture the moment.
In conclusion, the videographer offers vital services at the wedding ceremony and subsequent reception. Without the checklist, the videographer will suffer and be unable to offer excellent services. Chances of forgetting some crucial aspects of the wedding, or failing to carry important piece of equipment are higher when the videographer does not prepare a good and well-detailed checklist. The checklist should include equipment and the names of guests who must appear on the wedding video. The checklist should be shared with the bride and groom and their approval obtained early so that adjustments can be made where appropriate.