Capturing your wedding on video

Having a videographer at your wedding will mean that all those funny moments are captured, in sound and vision. You can listen to the speeches and readings again and get a sense of the activity on the day.

If you want to capture the vows, readings and speeches, it is best if you and your speakers wear microphones. These can be wireless and discrete.

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Provide your videographer with as much information as possible about your likes and dislikes, agree on what you want them to film and anything you don't - the more input you give the better the result. Agree a schedule, which includes price, when to pay, what the turnaround time is after the day and policy on changes to the final production.

Some videographers can offer a same day edit, which means your guests can watch a 10-minute trailer of the video at the end of the evening.

For something a bit different, you can have a pop video of your big day. You can hire a music and film production company to make a music video based on your favourite sound tracks and action on the day.

Top tips

Check samples of work and look at original testimonials
Make sure you are allowed to film, as some venues have restrictions and may even charge extra
Choose some music to include as background to the video

Questions to ask

How many cameras/videographers will there be on the day?
How many copies of the DVD or video will we get?
How much do extra copies cost?

Special touches

Ask your videographer to record messages from your guests
Add some photos of both of you as children to add a bit of history
Record some messages about why you are having a civil partnership as an introduction - these can be recorded before the day
Ask the videographer to add some of your own or your friends' photos of the wedding to the DVD

To find a gay-friendly wedding videographer, visit our photography and video page.