Software & Apps Design Wedding Videography Checklist Plan the important shots using a wedding videography checklist Share Pin Email Print Karen Kasmauski / Getty Images Design Animation & Video 3D Design Graphic Design By Gretchen Siegchrist Writer Gretchen Siegchrist is a professional videographer who enjoys helping amateurs master the basics of desktop video. our editorial process Gretchen Siegchrist Updated May 06, 2019 58 58 people found this article helpful Shooting the video of a wedding is a big responsibility that comes with a level of stress. The best way to reduce the stress and film everything the couple wants is to plan the shots ahead of time and have the right equipment shooting at the right resolution to capture those shots. Talk with the participants to get a feel for the timeline of the activities and be in the right place at the right time. Keep a list of important shots with you as you shoot the wedding footage and make sure you capture everything the bride and groom expect to see. Must-Have Wedding Shots There is only one first kiss at the end of the ceremony. If you miss it, there is no re-do. Good planning puts you in the right place to capture these must-have moments. Traditional wedding video shots that should be part of every wedding video include: Groom waiting at altarProcessional with bride's entranceReciting vowsFirst kiss as married coupleRecessional First danceCake cuttingBouquet toss Preparation Shots Some of the preparation shots can be captured ahead of time, but some – such as when the groom is pinning on his lapel boutonniere – require some staging or good timing. Before the ceremony, look for these shots: Bride and bridesmaids getting readyExterior shot of the church or venueInterior wide shot of the church or venueAltarFlowersWedding programGroom and ushers hanging outPinning boutonniere on groom The Ceremony Most videographers agree that capturing the ceremony footage is the hardest part of wedding videography. If you have an assistant who can record from a second angle, you'll get better ceremony footage – views of both the groom's face and the bride walking down the aisle, for example. Other aspects of shooting video of the ceremony include: Guests being escorted down the aisle.Guests sitting, reading programs and talking.Family members entering the venue or church.Father kissing the bride and handing off to groom.The ceremony. Record it all if you have the space and edit later.The must-have shots mentioned previously of the groom at the altar, the processional and bride's entrance, the first kiss and the recessional. The Reception With the tough business of filming the ceremony over, you can relax a bit and have fun at the reception – as long as you record all the fun for posterity. Look for these opportunities: Exterior shot of reception siteGuests signing guest bookReceiving lineChampagne toast Guests enjoying cocktail hourServers passing foodIce sculptureTable tagsGift tableWide shot of reception roomClose up of place settingsGuest favorsCenterpieceBlessingToastsFirst dance of coupleParent dancesCake cuttingBouquet tossGarter removalLast dance of the eveningThe newlyweds as they exit the reception The Unexpected Even with a prepared list of shots, be open to unexpected opportunities to capture the mood of the day. Watch for the ring bearer and flower girl to giggle or play and capture a glance between the newlyweds, a spontaneous (or planned) group dance, or the happy tears of a parent. These emotional moments add immensely to the wedding video. Task your assistant, if you have one, with capturing casual groupings of guests who won't appear in the formal wedding photos and fun shots of people laughing, dancing and celebrating. Then the fun really begins – editing all your footage down to a wedding video that is short but captures all the important, fun and tender moments of the couple's special day.