5 Ways To Edit A Wedding Highlight Film
There are more than 5 ways to edit a wedding highlight film, and most of it depends on how you want it to look. It’s the same as planning a wedding itself, you’ll want the theme of the video to reflect the theme of the wedding. So, be sure you know what you want from the video, before creating it.
After all, you could create the video to be a timeline of the day itself, or you can include the love story that led to the wedding. You can even make it look like a blockbuster film, if you wanted, or you could have a reality TV show vibe to your video. No matter what it is, you’ve got many options that can help you make your wedding highlights into a trip down memory lane. So, let’s talk about the top 5 ways you can edit your wedding highlight film.
Follow The Day
One of the most standard forms of storytelling is to put everything in a timeline. Once you do that, you’ll have something to tell, even if it’s a boring tale. It still tells a story, and for your wedding highlights video, it’s no different.
By placing your wedding footage in chronological order, you’ll be able to relive your memories, even the ones you’ve forgotten, because they’re all there right in front of you. It’ll also remind you when certain things happened, and if an argument ensues, you’ll always be able to go back to your wedding video and set things straight, because it’s all right there, on the screen.
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Tell A Story, Not An Event
While ordering your footage in chronological order might seem like the best way to go, remember that sometimes, telling a story is more than just about putting everything on a timeline. Sometimes switching out the order of your footage can be more effective at telling your wedding story.
For example, you can start the video halfway through the ceremony, and then using cinematic techniques, refer to the beginning of the day, to make your wedding highlights video even more dramatic. Remember, telling a story is different from showcasing an event. Telling a story means making the video more meaningful by incorporating themes and transitions that bring out the emotion of the day and what it means for the people involved.
Parallel The Day
One of the best video editing techniques, to tell a story is to parallel a storyline. Think about romantic comedies or cinematic films that explore more than one character’s storyline. A lot of the time, you’ll find parallels in their stories, even if they’re subtle. So, why not incorporate that into your wedding highlights video? It’ll make it all the more interesting.
In the first place, you should have enough footage to create those parallels, since you’ll have videographers following both the bride and groom as they prepare for the day. For example, you could edit the video so that you see the bride putting on her shoes, in the first scene, and add a transition to the next scene, where the groom is also putting on his shoes. Of course, the parallels don’t need to stop there. You can even show parallels during the reception as well, for example, during speeches and memorable dances, like the bride and groom’s first dance, to the bride’s dance with her father. There are many ways you can create parallels in your wedding highlights videos, to tell the story of the day.
Turn It Into A Music Video
Sometimes a long wedding highlights video might not be the way to go. By making the wedding part of a music video makes it all the more unique, just as every wedding itself is unique. Editing the footage to the beat of the music will make it either livelier and more exciting or more emotional and romantic. After all, music is all part of the cinematic experience, and editing a wedding into a music video will ensure that the emotions of the day will come across more.
For example, if the music you choose to pair with the wedding’s footage is a lively and upbeat song, then you’ll find that the footage should be as lively and upbeat as the song. So, you’d use clips of the bride and groom smiling, dancing, having fun, and being joyful. If the song is slow-paced, romantic, and emotional, then the footage you’d use would be just as emotional. You would use footage of family and friends crying, the bride looking at the groom, and vice versa. You’d include footage of the first dance and romantic and poignant moments between the bride and groom, to highlight the romance and emotions of the day.
Add A Narrator
Sometimes adding a narrator can add so much depth to your wedding highlights video. It creates more poignant moments when paired with other clips of footage, as the wedding ceremony is going on. For example, as the officiant is speaking you can add clips of the wedding preparation, or candid moments, throughout the day, to punctuate the words he’s saying.
You can even add these flashback moments when the bride or groom are reciting their vows. By adding a narrator or voiceover to your wedding highlights video, you’re adding more storytelling elements that create more emotion and more meaning for those who watch it.
Too Many Options, Too Little Time
There are many ways to edit a wedding highlight film. It’s not always easy to choose what to add in your own wedding highlights video, especially if you have hours of footage that you’ll need to sift through to get the perfect storytelling montage. So, entrust your wedding highlights video to a professional.
After all, as we’ve said before, just as every wedding is unique, so too will its highlights video be. By letting a professional handle your video, you can’t go wrong. They’ll know what to add, to make your wedding highlights video truly come alive and be the perfect companion to your wedding.