We love working with unique wedding video ideas. They may come from us, from you or someone else. But what is important is how they will add so much to your wedding film and add to the experience of your day. We can create pockets of intimate moments which can offer respite from what is often a hectic schedule. They can be special, emotional and fun.
So take a look at 5 Unique Wedding Video ideas that you can incorporate into your day:
1) Read your Love Letters To Each Other (Virtually or In Person)
It’s quite common for couples to exchange gifts and personal letters to each other on the morning of their wedding. It’s an emotional and personal moment that sets you up for your wedding day. One way to amplify the emotion is to find a way to read those letters to each other. Not only do we get a reaction to reading the letter, we got a reaction to the reaction!
Check out TIna and Eric’s film. Their letters formed a key part of their narrative and we loved that we were able to film their interaction with each other.
Taryn came up with her own unique take on a gift/letter exchange by recording a message on an iPad. Her Fiancé, Mike didn’t have to read, he could just listen and watch. He was able to soak up the moment and we were able to capture his reaction. You can check out our post about their wedding HERE.
2) Try out an Alternate First Look
Approximately 50% of our clients decide to do a first look, and we love the emotional and candid reactions that we’re able to film. But some couples would rather save that moment for their ceremony, which is something we totally get. After all, this is what we decided to do for our wedding day. But not “seeing” each other doesn’t mean that you can’t spend some time with each other.
Kianaa and James met back to back, to talk about their day and the experience they were about to go though. This little break in their schedule allowed for a moment of peace and reflection. It reinforced that they were experiencing a life-changing event and that they were doing it together. They also brought their letters to ready to each other. So double points to them!
3) Or even a Father-Daughter First Look!
Sadly a Father seeing his daughter for the first time on her wedding day seems to be a dying tradition. I remember when my Father saw my Sister for the first time on her wedding day. I couldn’t help but get a little choked up. Sometimes the morning is so busy and hectic that there’s just not time or perhaps your the Father is getting ready at home while the Bride is on a hotel. Either way, its s special moment and doesn’t have to be missed.
Alexine is so close to her Father and wanted to make sure they had some time together. She didn’t want to see her Fiancé before walking down the aisle, so she had a first look with her Dad instead. It gave him the opportunity to offer advice and help to settle Alexine’s nerves.
You don’t have to do a Father-Daughter first look at your hotel or home. It could be at a spot that we pick out on the way to the ceremony or at the venue itself. Either way, we really believe that a Dad’s reaction is priceless. Lets make this tradition popular again!
4) Incorporate a “Portrait Shoot” to add Depth to Your Story
Taryn and Mike loved the idea of filming some scenes outside of their wedding day. They were from Toronto but having a destination wedding in the Okanagan. Having us there for the weekend allowed us to film their welcome BBQ, but also spend some extra time filming them.
We used that to shoot an interview (although we’d rather refer to it as a recorded casual conversation) which gave us the opportunity dive deeper into their relationship. The answers they gave to our questions helped to add depth to their story. They revealed things that weren’t part of their letters, speeches or vows and those turned out to be important parts of their story.
This is probably one of our favourite wedding video ideas because we’re filmmakers at heart. Adding a Portrait shoot will help us make a better film, but it will also give you the opportunity to reveal something about your relationship that perhaps your partner doesn’t know. We always say that we don’t just film weddings, but we use weddings as an excuse to make films about unique people. Adding a Portrait shoot takes that philosophy so much further.
5) Stage a Mini Elopement
We recently worked with a Alex and Craig, who wanted to write personal vows to each other, but felt nervous about saying them in front of all their friends and family. So we suggested that we try a mini-elopement as part of their photoshoot. Along with he photographer we found a pretty spot over looking Lake Skaha in the Okanagan. And there, surrounded by nature, peace and quiet, the couple shared some beautiful words with each other.
We were so lucky to film such an intimate moment that just wouldn’t have been the same as part of a Ceremony. They felt more comfortable being alone, without any of the noise and distraction that can be a part of a larger ceremony.
This wasn’t something that was overly planned. In fact we kept it very casual, but it turned out to be the highlight of their day. So if you’re in the same boat, or perhaps you have a religious ceremony with traditional vows (or no vows), think about taking a few minutes out of your day to share something personal with each other.
BONUS: Smoke Out Your Dance Floor
A smoke machine is a simple and effective way to get your dance floor bouncing. Ruby and Armand used one for their party and result was a drop in inhibition, more creative dance moves and super cool lighting effects.
Most couples probably leave the DJ to come up with anything creative for their party. But the party is when everyone has the most fun. A good party will etch your wedding day into the memory of your guests and it’s importance shouldn’t be underestimated. Having some kind of distraction (smoke machine, glow sticks or bubbles) will make everyone stop thinking about how they look dancing and give them the freedom to let loose.
So what do you think of these Unique Wedding Video Ideas? Comment below and let us know if you have any of your own. We’d love to hear them!