“Traditional Wedding Video”


About Traditional Video

As a professional shooting weddings for nearly 20 years, I started out making traditional films. These are usually formatted in a way where its more like watching a documentary of the days events. Traditional video shoots often times show all of the wedding ceremony and highlight clips of the reception and they tend to be rather long, sometimes running upwards of 2 hours or more. 

Wedding Opener

Sometimes called the pre-wedding montage, the wedding opener is a couple of minutes of footage of everything coming together for the day. It sets the stage for the day. It usually starts by showing the venue, the couples getting ready, vendors putting their touches on the venue, like cake-makers and florist, etc. It's usually set to some nice music and it builds the beginning of the wedding story for your audience. I also use a drone to help capture some clips of the venue, weather permitting of course.


The entire ceremony is usually recorded here with three cameras. It typically starts with the wedding party coming down the isle through the newly wedded couple walking out of the venue together. 

Professionals here will use two or more cameras to edit with along with a wireless microphone or a feed from the venues audio board or both.

The reason for the multi camera shoot is simple, to keep your eyes entertained during the ceremony and to also be able to switch to another camera if the main one is moving, zooming, focusing or if something is in the way. 

Usually the only music and audio is from the ceremony itself. 

Post Wedding Montage


Again, set to music, this is typically a small 1-2 minute montage of people after the wedding, people having photos taken, people leaving to head to the reception and the like. It makes a nice transition into the reception highlights. 

Reception Highlights

During this part of the traditional video, the filmmaker is going to get all the important highlights, from walking into venue and being announced, to the cake cutting, garter and bouquet toss, toasts and even the exit if they are hired to stay until the end, they will also gather clips of people mingling, dancing and general socializing. 

One of the great things about the traditional film is that it will capture those friends or family you don't typically see or loved ones that might not be around in coming years so that's something to think about if it's important to you. 

Perhaps the biggest mistake a videographer will make is recording people eating during the dinner service. Many consider it rude and no one wants to watch people stuffing themselves with food, so I do not film for that period of time. It allows me to also break and regroup from the afternoon ceremony, putting in new batteries, memory sticks and cleaning camera lens too if needed. 

The reception footage is usually the bulk of the traditional wedding video. Normally, there is a small closing montage with a few slow motions clips and some music to wrap up the film. Years ago a wedding video would be right at about 2 hours long and today they tend to be about 1.5-2 hours in length with 100-150 people at a wedding that goes until 11 pm give or take.