The Wedding Music Video
A Youtube classic
By Natalie Tsang
September 21, 2011
Whether is meant to be shown at the wedding or placed on your wedding website a month later, the wedding music video is the latest technological development that couples are embracing. Contrary to what most people think, you don't have to actually sing in it. You can always dance, though a wedding gown might not be the best attire for this choice. A lot of music pros stare moodily into the distance as ghostly vocals play, but its often hilarious if you do sing, especially if you can get your parents and guests to participate. Make a set of cue cards on poster board, cue the music, and get a few takes. This is a great activity for the videographer to arrange while youre taking your wedding portraits.
The wedding music video is a short two to three minute video that is made of various clip and set to music. Unlike traditional videography, it doesn't try to capture the mood of the wedding in a realistic, documentary-style way. It's fun and more geared to triggering you and your guest's memories than giving you a second by second account. Sound, which includes toasts and speeches, are de-emphasized.
This type of wedding video ranges from super professional with hired film crews to adorable videos shot entirely on an iPhone by a bridesmaid or groomsman. You'll find hundreds of these babies on Youtube. Not only is this a great way to learn if a video or style of video is right for you, you can also check out their wedding dresses and venues.
There are currently two types of wedding videos. The kind that are made at the wedding and the kind that are filmed sometime before. The latter replaces the role of the slide show that shows the bride and groom growing up and sometimes even includes ancient footage of their baby and toddler days. Others might tell the story of their courtship or engagement, or may be an expression of love to each other and their families. Some brides and grooms surprise each other by creating a video and playing it at the reception.
Some videographers may advertise same-day edit videos which are shot during the wedding, edited, and shown at the end of the reception. This can amazing, but you might want to make a few music choices beforehand.
Some alternatives include the save-the-date music video or a stop-action music video that is entirely made up of photos.