How do I film my wedding?

Wedding videography. It’s one of those things that you may realize you want (without video, toasts tend to be lost to the ages), but it’s just not in the budget to pay a professional for lots of us. So, then what? Since there are video features on everything from your phone to some DSLRs these days, there must be a way to DIY wedding videography. Correct! You can even have a pretty good video, or maybe even a rad awesome video.

That’s usually a recipe for disaster/no actual wedding video, but it could be done! Still, we don’t recommend that for other people because it’s all kinds of bonkers. 

One wedding day element that tends to be a bit pricey (but is oh-so-meaningful) is wedding videography. Hiring a professional wedding filmmaker isn’t cheap. While having a cinematic style wedding video may not be a priority for you, we can’t emphasize enough how special it is to be able to relive the moments of your big day via moving pictures. If you need advice on your wedding photography, check out our photography packages and services at Wild Romantic Photography.

But! You can have one of your friends be your videographer, even with no prior experience. All you need to do is follow these straightforward DIY wedding videography tips. We love sharing DIY wedding alternatives that you can tackle on your own if you’re looking for ways to cut costs. 

Ways to Guarantee the Perfect Diy Wedding Video

Designate and Empower a Specific Person to Be Your Videographer

Let there be absolutely no confusion as to who will be doing the videography at your wedding. Even if you’re asking a friend or relative, you want to make sure to have a clear conversation with them about being your “videographer.” Your discussion should leave them feeling empowered to be filming during your wedding day instead of scared and pressured to make an award-winning movie.

You can also split up duties among friends, and have one person film during the ceremony, then handing off responsibilities to another person during the reception, etc. However you do it, the trick is to make your friend videographer feel special because they are.

Choosing to film your wedding is a fantastic opportunity to capture your big day from your friend’s and families’ perspective. Still, you must think carefully about who you’re going to trust with this critical task. At Wild Romantic Photography, we recommend picking five or six different friends and making sure 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 an excellent job for you, and it will make them feel as though they have an essential role in your celebration – which they have!

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. We have an exclusive range of wedding photography Mornington Peninsula services. Check them out here. 

Leave Messages

The best wedding films we edit are those where the bride and groom had sat down together before the big day and thought of things 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 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 goosebumps!

Since your friend that’s doing the video won’t be moving that much, they probably won’t get in the way of your photographer. If you’ve hired a professional photographer, then they will most likely be happy to give tips on where the best spot is for your friend to set up their camera because photographers are divas, and they think they know everything.

Just kidding! (Well, kind of and not really.) This will also ensure that your photographer knows to generally stay out of the video camera’s line of sight. Ideally, your photographer will work with your friend doing the video as if they’re a team—because they are!

Set Some Challenges

You are 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 done in 10 to 20-minute bursts. Why not arrange for one of your friends to film your wedding, capture ten 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 make your wedding video more personal once it’s been edited.

Use the Tripod

How do I film my wedding?

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.

Ensure that the tripod and the camera are always as close as possible to the person speaking to 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!

A tripod is an absolute must-have piece of equipment no matter what camera you are using to film your wedding day (seriously, this might be the most important of our wedding videography tips). One of the biggest things that ruin handheld video is that its handheld. Basically—it’s shaky, unstable, and makes everyone watching it get motion sickness.

Any video that is going to be longer than forty-five seconds should be done with a tripod. A cheap five-foot tripod is all you need, and it’ll make your video 156 per cent more watchable. If you’re using a smartphone to film, then you’ll also need a proper mount, but it’s worth it. (See equipment notes at the end of the post.) Please don’t rely on your friend holding their arms up with their phone for seventeen minutes from their seat in the third row behind all the tall people. Create lasting memories through your Yarra Valley wedding photography that will be cherished forever. 

Use Whatever Camera You Can Get Your Hands-On

You can use smartphones, tablets, DSLRs, or even a regular video camcorder to film your wedding day. People could also use laptop cameras to video and live to stream their ceremonies to six countries. You don’t need to purchase or rent an expensive professional camera. Sure it helps, but if you’re going to spend all that money, why don’t you hire a professional videographer? If it’s genuinely more important than your wedding day is filmed, period, then stop worrying about whether or not it’s recorded in HD quality suitable for Blu-ray discs burning and playback on the most prominent television ever created.

Could you not Turn the Camera on Its Side?

If you’re anything like us, we’re forever whipping out our smartphone to take videos – however, unlike a smartphone, our videos will be playing on a TV that cannot be turned on its side! Footage filmed on a video camera on its side will come out with big black bars on 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, step back!

Move Slowly or Not at All

Your friend that will be doing the video needs to know that the ultimate goal is to have steady, usable footage. They’re not responsible for making an artful or cinematic movie of your wedding day. They need to put the camera in a spot that captures what’s going on and make sure it’s recording. Unless they have experience with video camera work, they should move the camera as little as possible when filming. Sure, if the subject moves out of the frame, follow them or zoom out—slowly—but the overall goal is not to move the camera at all. So no moving back and forth between people speaking and no attempts at anything resembling an action shot. Their filming should feel like it’s “just the facts.”

Beware of the Zoom

The ability to zoom in is undoubtedly an excellent 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 shaky indeed and a little bit grainy (especially if you’re in a dark room). Our top tip would be to move closer to the object or person you want to film.

Be Close Enough to Hear

The only thing worse than having a shaky handheld video is being unable to hear anything being said. We’ll watch the lousy video with good sound, but we won’t watch the excellent video with a terrible sound. The easiest way to make sure your camera is picking up sound is to position it close enough that you can hear the person speaking. Unless everyone is talking into a microphone that’s blasting through speakers, don’t set the camera far away from the action. If you can hear the person well, then the camera probably can too, and that’s how close you need to position your camera on its tripod.

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! Our exclusive range of Melbourne wedding photography will help you not miss a thing on your wedding day.

Make Complete Recordings

Hit the record button at the beginning of the ceremony, and don’t hit stop until long after the ceremony is over. Hit the record button before the first dance starts, and don’t hit stop until thirty seconds after the first dance is over. Hit the record button before… well, you get the idea. You want exclusive clips of each event from start to finish—no cuts in the middle and no missing sections. Even if the camera has to move to a better spot, keep recording. Even with a small team of blurry movement, one continuous take is better than possibly missing something important. It’ll also make the editing process approximately 143 per cent easier.

Editing Can Be Positively Easy

If your friend made complete recordings of each exciting event at your wedding, then the editing process becomes super, super easy. It’s effortless. Ceremony footage? It would be best if you decided when you want it to fade in to start and then fade out to end. Speeches and cake cutting? When do you want each clip to start and stop? See? Since it’s just one clip, you don’t need to line up audio and overlap multiple clips together to make a usable shot. It’s done, and you need to decide when you want the video to start and end. If you’ve used Snapchat, or V, or Instagram, there already doing this type of video editing.

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Why? Because Love

While you might or might not want your ceremony recorded, there are excellent reasons to get at least a little bit of video at your wedding. I’ve heard some fantastic speeches of love and joy at weddings from family members, some that are no longer with us. There are some things that photography cannot record the same way video footage preserves a moment for playback. So if you want a video, make a plan. Pricey artistic wedding videos are great, but remembering that tearful speak forever… that’s priceless (and luckily, basically free).

When it comes to gear, simple is always better. Here are a few basics:

  • A simple tripod that’s at least five feet tall
  • A cell phone tripod mount
  • A video light (or even a solid wide-beam flashlight) if things will get dark—or make sure everyone stands in a well-lit spot and not a dark corner.
  • Extra batteries or mobile battery pack
  • Windows Movie Maker or iMovie for simple video editing is free and easy to use. You can even make DVDs from them.

Wedding Video Ideas

How do I film my wedding?

Video can be a part of your entire wedding process, letting you create a beautiful way to document your journey towards marriage. And because the video is so easy to share, it offers you a way to involve loved ones who live far away. Please take a few of the ways you can incorporate video into your wedding and then visit our post on wedding video ideas for even more inspiration.

Before the Wedding

Proposal Video

About to pop the question? If you’re looking for a proposal idea that’ll take their breath away, propose with a video. Even if you don’t go with a video proposal, you can still turn to a video to document the moment. Ask a friend or a photographer to capture your submission. Then share an engagement slideshow or proposal recap to announce your engagement.

Wedding Invitation Video

Video invitations are gaining popularity, and it’s easy to see why. They’re versatile, paper-free, and wedding guests can’t lose them!

Story of Us Video

Before the wedding, you may want to tell friends and family a bit about your relationship. Out-of-town relatives and old high school buddies might not know you both or have details about how you fell in love. A video that tells your story is an excellent addition to a wedding website or Facebook group. It’s also a fun way to get loved ones excited at a rehearsal dinner or engagement party.

During the Wedding

Wedding Ceremony Slideshow

It only takes a few minutes to grab ceremony photos and turn them into a slideshow for your reception. Make sure you have a screen and projector or large TV ready. Then upload your photos onto a laptop.

Video Booth

Make the wedding photo booth even more fun by adding a video component. Let guests share their good wishes for the new couple or get silly with props. You can even create a DIY video booth with a mounted tablet. Even if you’re sticking to a photo booth, you can share your favourites in a quick video you can share on social media after the wedding.

Wedding Favors

Video can make a sweet wedding favour or thank you gift for bridesmaids and groomsmen. Give a general thank you to attendees or a personalized message, letting them know how much their love and support means to you. Then elegantly share your video. For instance, you could give your video in a USB box.

After the Wedding

Honeymoon Video Recap

Turn your honeymoon photos and video clips into a video album you can come back to for years to come. Or give loved ones a post-wedding update on your honeymoon with a video you share on social media. 

Anniversary Slideshow

Whether it’s your first anniversary or your 25th, a video is a thoughtful way to show you’re still head over heels in love. A video slideshow can also be a way to celebrate a significant anniversary milestone, say if you’re throwing a party for a couple’s 50th anniversary. If you are presenting your video at a party, take a look at a few ways you can show your video on a TV or through a projector.

DIY Wedding Video Tips

Need a budget-friendly alternative to hiring a videographer? An inexpensive wedding video doesn’t have to look cheap. Check out a few ways you can make a sound, DIY wedding video that looks great and helps you preserve all the big moments on your special day.


You’ll be busy getting married on your wedding day, so if you go for a DIY wedding video, make sure you plan out who’ll be in charge. Designate one or more attendees as the videographer and get them any equipment they might need on your wedding day. Here are some options to consider when deciding on how your video will be shot:

  • Designate a guest as your videographer.
  • Hire a student to take care of your video. It’ll reduce video costs and free up guests to enjoy the festivities.
  • Let guests take video clips and photos during the day of your wedding and retrieve everything after the event.
  • Give a few guests mobile cameras, like a GoPro, to capture the action. You can even get creative and add a camera to a bouquet or other wedding-day items to get a unique view of events.

Preserve your Wedding Memories on Film for Less

Being able to hear you and your partner exchange your vows and share your love for one another is one of the most meaningful and powerful things we can think of. This wedding is happening because of the love the two of you share. Being able to experience the joy of your wedding day on film is truly priceless.

If you’d like to work with professional photographers for your wedding, book with us at Wild Romantic Photography.