As a wedding videographer in Ireland, I’ve seen brides and grooms exhibit practically every emotion you can think of during their wedding day (and sometimes all at the same time!)
The good news is that most of the weddings I’ve attended are usually filled with happiness, but I’ve also seen some brides and grooms who don’t seem to be enjoying their day. It’s not that difficult to see why – weddings can be very overwhelming – but I think that your emotions really show through in your photography or videography. If you’re feeling tense, the camera knows it, so here are some excellent tips for enjoying your big day:
1. Take it Easy
Unless your ceremony is booked for 8am, then there’s no rush on the morning of your wedding – really! Yes, there’s lots to do, but there’s lots of time to do it in. Even if you’ve got your wedding videographer and photographer arriving, if they’re good at what they do then you shouldn’t even notice they’re there. That’s one of the aspects we pride ourselves on here at Drangan Video – discretion (we’re like Ninjas!) So take it easy, have a good time with your friends and family, and, most importantly, eat some breakfast. If you’ve got butterflies, you might not feel hungry, but the last thing you want is those tummy rumbles to be echoing through the church!
2. Plan Your Wedding Photography
If you don’t like being the centre of attention then you don’t like being the centre of attention. Getting married isn’t going to change that. However, you can’t afford to miss out on having lasting memories of your big day, either. I’ve met with so many brides and grooms who think that ‘wedding photography’ or ‘wedding videography’ is a specific art form – it’s not. If you start breaking out in a cold sweat when you think about having to pose for pictures, consider documentary-style videography or photography instead. It’s much more relaxed and, best of all, it gives you a more realistic look back at your wedding day, showing exactly how it really happened.
3. Time Out!
The time between the ceremony and the wedding breakfast is the ideal moment to take some time out with your new husband or wife. It’s a good opportunity to have some peaceful time out after the craziness of the day so far. Get away from the guests, and simply enjoy being in each other’s company for the first time as a married couple. Either pop up back to your room for a glass of champagne, or use this as a chance to get some video footage or photographs of just you and your spouse, while the guests are all busy chatting amongst themselves. Brides and grooms are always so busy, but this is the day they’re supposed to relax – the planning is finally over!
4. Let Loose
When I’ve met with brides and grooms in the run up to their big day, ‘stressed’ is one of the most common answers when I ask ‘how are you?’ Planning a wedding can be stressful, it can take up a lot of time and energy, and it can make you pretty tense, but it’s all done now. Don’t spend this day – the day you’ve been anticipating for months (maybe even years) – feeling on edge. Let loose! Join your guests in having a glass of champagne, kick those heels off, and dance like you don’t have a care in the world. You’ll thank yourself for letting your hair down when you see the photos and video footage afterwards, showing you having the time of your life!
Perhaps the most important way to enjoy your wedding day is just remembering why you’re there. You’re not there because you wanted an excuse to hire out the biggest and best venue in Tipperary or Kilkenny, you’re not there because you wanted a wedding videographer in Ireland to shoot footage of the beautiful Irish scenery, you’re not there to make sure your friends and family have a good time. You’re there for no other reason than you fell in
love, and you want to solidify this love and celebrate this love with your nearest and dearest. That’s all. It’s pretty difficult to feel stressed on your wedding day if you focus on what really matters – love.
Take it easy and relax!