Guest Messages - Wedding Video Tips
Guest messages are a fantastic extra memento to add to your final wedding video. Many wedding videographers offer a similar service and shoot them in a variety of ways. In this blog we talk about what they are, how we film them and how we put them into your wedding video.
Guest messages are a fantastic extra memento to add to your wedding video. Many wedding videographers offer a similar service and shoot them in a variety of ways. In this blog we talk about what they are, how we film them and how we put them into your wedding video.
What are guest messages?
Guest messages are messages left to camera at some point during the wedding day by anybody involved in the wedding day itself. Usually it's guests but sometimes it can be other wedding suppliers and even the bride and groom.
At what point in the day do you shoot them?
If we are a 3 camera person team on the day and the messages are part of our larger packages we usually begin shooting them at some point during the reception. We try to get the older guests earlier before the speeches. Once the speeches and wedding breakfast is complete the 3rd camera person will concentrate fully on getting as many messages as possible. They'll do this until we finish filming for the day.
In a different scenario, and if we've agreed to it, we sometimes shoot guest messages for smaller packages when there are just 2 of us filming. When we do this we'll start after the speeches are complete and get a handful of messages from key guests in a very short space of time. We can't make any guarantees for the guest messages on your wedding video when we do it this way.
How and where do you film them on the day?
Without fail we always film the guest messages on a tripod in the nicest, quietest location in the venue we can find. Often at most wedding venues there are smaller quieter rooms free. These are ideal for us to grab a couple of chairs set up the camera on the tripod and grab as many guests as we can. We clip on small radio mics to our guests to ensure high quality sound.
How do they work in our final wedding video?
We often find that guest messages are either funny or heartfelt. It is up to us as experienced video editors to pick out the parts of the guest messages that work best in the wedding video. Generally we will only use the best part or a funny couple of lines in the wedding video.
We always supply the guest messages uncut to our couples as a superb and usually very funny extra to the wedding video.
Who can leave a message and how long should the message be?
Anyone can leave a guest message - children, wedding planners, the bride and groom. We've had a variety.
We try not to direct too much but we do offer tips. Generally we let people talk for as long as they like within reason. We always explain that it's for the wedding video so be nice!
What makes a good guest message?
Some of the best guest messages have been from those that have been prepared or have done it before. If you're not going to be heartfelt and generally lovely in your message then try to be funny. Not drunk funny but funny funny. We only need a few lines for the wedding video but the couple will see the whole message uncut as well.
How to get the best guest messages for your wedding video...
There are a few things you can do to make our lives easier on the day and make your messages more fun. Here's what we suggest:
- Brides and Grooms - Let your guests know before the day that there will be wedding videographers at the wedding and that they will be asking for guests to leave messages. Having a message prepared is a lot easier than trying to think on your feet after you've had a few.
- Props. Props make the whole process funny and engaging. They give people a disguise and something to laugh about. It relaxes the person leaving the message.
- Guests - Don't leave it too late. We won't be there forever. Leave your message as soon as you can and before you are tired and weary....
- If you don't want to do it alone find someone you can bounce off of and someone that you feel comfortable around. It brings out the best in people.
- Don't shout or be stupid funny. It may seem funny when your drunk but it's generally not funny for everyone watching sober. Rude and offensive messages don't tend to make the final wedding video cut.
- If you can't think of anything to say then sing a song with a couple of friends.
Here's a selection of guest messages from 2012. They are all unique and are on the list for different reasons....
To see more of our wedding video footage and other guest messages please contact us.