Many couples say getting ready with their best friends is one of their most cherished wedding memories. It’s a time for you to unwind, relax, and laugh as you prepare to walk down the aisle and into married life. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to capture beautiful footage of you and your besties. Obviously you want everyone to look their best, so how can you pick a location for your bridal prep that will also serve as a great film set? We’re glad you asked. Check out these tips below to help you find the perfect backdrop for you and your wedding party.
1. Natural light.
First and foremost, you want a space that gets a lot of natural light. A room with a generous number of windows won’t only create a beautiful, joyful environment, it will make your makeup artist’s job a lot easier! It will translate beautifully on film, there’s nothing like natural light to magically illuminate a shot and create stunning movement and depth. If a room with natural light isn’t available to you, consider taking things outside for a breather (in a shaded area, for even light) so your cinematographer can capture some moments in a new outdoor environment.
2. Room to move.
It’s easy to underestimate just how much space people take up, especially when preparing for a wedding! Hotels are usually made for 2-4 people, so 4-8 can make for a tight space. The more open your space is, the better your videographer will be able to capture incredible moments and details, without interruption. Consolidating stuff and clearing away clutter will help make a smaller space look bigger and open up more possibilities for new angles and moving shots. Keep in mind that ample space also goes a long way in keeping everyone relaxed and comfortable with room to breathe!
3. party up, music down (just a little bit.)
Of course you want your favorite jams going in the background, but remember to keep it low. An essential part of a good film is capturing wonderful sounds in addition to beautiful footage; champagne popping, people laughing, heels clicking out the door. Having that ambience and those little soundbites will help bring the experience to life on film, so you can relive it again and again.
4. HIRE A GREAT WEDDING videographer.
Now, of course we would say this, but it's TRUE. You want your day documented by someone you can trust to express the spirit of you and your partner. You want someone who can adjust quickly to the given circumstances and work with whatever environment and subjects they have. A great videographer is extremely attentive to detail and is constantly looking for shots to built into a story in the editing room. During the bridal preparation, the right videographer will capture beautiful footage discreetly and professionally so you feel completely natural and at ease in front of the camera. This can set the tone for the rest of the day, so it’s important you hire someone who will help you look & feel your best.
Gathering with your friends as you prepare to take your vows is a beautiful & timeless tradition that you’ll cherish for years to come. On their search, many couples hire a videographer with the ceremony, the first dance, the cutting of the cake in mind. But sometimes it’s the littlest moments in between that can really transport you back to the times you shared with those you love!
You can see these prep locations of our amazing couples Devin + Alyssa and Justin + Caitlin in action in their films below: