To Drone or Not to Drone

Some examples of drone footage from weddings we filmed!

Should I Have Drone Video Coverage At My Wedding?

First things first- what is a drone?

In terms of videography, drones are unmanned aerial vehicles (think: tiny helicopter) carrying a camera. The operator directs the drone from the ground.

There are a lot of amazing things you can capture with drone videography.

They can get angles that us mere mortals could only dream of, and capture the epic-ness of a location and event in a way that nothing else can. Drone footage gives your wedding video an extra special look and helps it stand out from the crowd!

But they can also be pretty loud, aren’t allowed to fly at all venues, and cost extra.

So how do you know if having a drone is right for your wedding? Here are some helpful tips to help you decide!


Check out how we used drone footage in Kait and Kevin’s sneak peak video!


Location, location, location

Did you know there are laws that govern where a drone can be flown?

There are strict regulations about where drones are allowed to fly in the city, near airports, near government and historic sites, national and state parks, and many other areas. If you are getting married near an airport, hospital, or in some places in center city, we may not be allowed to fly the drone at your venue. We can find out if drones are allowed in the general area, and if so, you can contact your venue and find out if they allow drones on their property- some do, and some don't!

Think about your venue from a bird's eye view. A farm, golf course, or private estate might look gorgeous with views of the buildings and countryside surrounding it. A beautiful old building in the city can look really nice too, but you may want to consider if there is a large parking lot in front of it, or if the roof might look old and worn. Those are the things the drone will see!

Safety First

Safety is always the number one priority. Drones are pretty hardy, but still don't fly well in high winds, rain, or snow.

Having a licensed drone pilot is important to make sure they are professional, experienced, and know how to keep everyone safe!


Venues on the outskirts of the city often have the best skylines!


Other Factors

Drones do a great job capturing the spirit of an event and space outdoors, but don't really work well inside unless you have some really, really high ceilings and a lot of open space. And even then, we really only recommend using a drone outside.

Don't forget about the noise level. Drones are loud! When they fly overhead, you can definitely hear them. They are great for capturing spaces before guests arrive, events that are already noisy (like cocktail hour or fireworks!), and times when being quiet isn't a concern (like taking formal photos outside). They work great when you are capturing the essence of a space, but generally shouldn't be used to get close-up shots or ceremony footage.

Many drones have really wide angle lenses, so if you are excited about getting drone footage of the house where you are getting ready, make sure to take a good look around your entire yard to make sure there aren't any visible trash cans, and maybe even take a look at your roof, as it will probably be in a drone shot!

To Drone!

All that being said, we love adding drone video to our teasers and highlight reels! If you’re interested in having drone coverage at your wedding or event, contact us and we can help you get the best coverage for your day!


Obviously, boat races look great from the sky! But even if your wedding doesn’t involve a regatta and cliff side ceremony, a drone can show off your beautiful venue!


Destination Wedding Guide

Having A Destination Wedding:

Is It Right For You?

Having a destination wedding is a big decision, but we are here to help you make the right decision for you! Our clients Jessica and Aaron had a beautiful destination wedding in Antigua last year, and we know it was the right decision for them. Check out their teaser video to get an idea of what their wedding weekend looked like!


Choosing to have a destination wedding is a big decision, but here are a few questions to help you get started:

1. Is there a particular place that I love to visit or have dreamed of visiting? Maybe it's a family vacation spot, or a favorite vacation you went on. Maybe you love the sun and the beach (like Jessica!) and can't imagine getting married somewhere without it. If you have a place that you love, it's worth considering it for your wedding location.

2. How many people do I really want at my wedding? If you want a huge bash and all 300 relatives and friends at your wedding, then a destination wedding may not be for you. If you cherish the thought of a more intimate setting with 50 of your favorite people, then a destination wedding may be a good fit. When having a destination wedding, there will be some people that won't be able to make it, so take that into consideration when you plan one.

3. Am I excited about planning every last detail, or would I rather let someone else do it? If you choose to get married at a resort that specializes in destination weddings, the planning can be super simple and frequently, all-inclusive! Resorts and hotels that host a lot of destination weddings tend to try to make planning from afar as easy as possible by including a lot of the details in the package. You and your partner just need to show up and enjoy the wedding. If you get married in the US, you may have more control over the decorations, details, catering, and cake because you can choose different vendors and communicate with them easily.

4. Do I want to host my friends and family for multiple days? Destination weddings generally involve seeing your friends and family for multiple days, where as local weddings can be a one day event (if you want it to!). If the idea of a fun-filled wedding weekend is up your alley, then a destination wedding may be a good fit! When hosting a destination wedding, it's often a good idea to plan a few events throughout the weekend, including a welcome party, rehearsal dinner, after party, or morning brunch! Guests may have traveled a great distance to celebrate with you, so it's a good idea to give them some things to do. If running into your friends on the beach the day after your wedding isn't your dream come true, you may want to consider if a destination wedding is a good idea.

These are just a few questions to get you started about thinking about destination weddings. There are lot of other factors to take into consideration as well, but for now, why don't you get some destination wedding inspiration from Jessica and Aaron's wedding highlight reel?

WeddingWire's Couple's Choice Award 2019

We're happy to announce that we won Wedding Wire's Couple's Choice Award again for 2019!


We won for both Merryweather Films and our Slow Motion Video Booth, and we couldn't be happier. We just wanted to say thank you to all the families and couples we have worked with this year!

As this year is getting underway, we're looking forward to meeting new couples and families as we document and share in their special days, and sharing in more moments with families we have worked with before.

You can check out our storefronts for Merryweather Films and Slow Motion Video Booth by Merryweather Films to see information and reviews.

Here are just a few of the reviews our amazing clients left for us last year!

I had a very specific vision for my wedding video, and Merryweather delivered my dream video. We did the simple package, so there was one person (Zach) shooting and no sound. The end result was like a movie trailor of the day, and captured moments I did not get to see! Zach was so professional, and I honestly only saw him once. But he captured the whole day so perfectly!!! Highly recommend using Merryweather to capture the most important moments.

- Kelsey

Merryweather was amazing. Honestly, I was on the fence about hiring a videographer at all, but my husband wanted a video and I am SO glad we did it and did it with Merryweather. Our video looks fantastic and we've gotten tons of compliments and people asking who did it for us. The Simple package was exactly what we needed and very reasonable. Plus we got our video super fast! I know we'll be watching it for years.


Hiring Merryweather films was one of the best decisions we made during the wedding planning process! I would highly recommend them to couples who want a professional, prompt, polite crew who create absolutely stunning videos. On the day of our wedding, we barely noticed the videographers were there. James and Patrick blended right in with the photographers and guests. We received the teaser video soon after returning from our honeymoon and loved sharing it with all of our family and friends. It is incredible how Merryweather captured all of the special moments from our big day and perfectly combined them with songs and clips of speeches to create teaser and highlight videos that portray all of the love, happiness, and joy from the best day of our lives. Having our wedding day captured on film is truly a priceless treasure, and we couldn’t be happier with our videos. Thank you, Merryweather!

- Alex

2018: A Look Back

We'd like to say thank you to all the couples and families who chose us to document their special day in 2018! We are grateful for everyone who recommended us to their families, friends, co-workers and neighbors, and we're looking forward to documenting their special days next year, too! We enjoyed meeting and working with so many wonderful people this year- and we had some exciting firsts and changes as well!

Some of our changes in 2018 included adding a new package, updating our website, and moving to a new office space!

We designed our new Standard Package based on feedback from couples looking for a combination of our other two packages. This package is the perfect option for people who want audio and a beautiful, longer highlight reel, but don't need their entire ceremony and toasts. We are really excited to introduce it and are sure it will be very popular!

We moved into our new office space at the Bok Building in South Philadelphia in June. It's a beautiful space in a great building filled with other creative small businesses. We love that it's an old school building being lovingly redesigned and restored, and it also makes a great wedding venue!

Our Slow Motion Video Booth was popular this year as well, and we did a lot of office holiday parties! We are excited to share those recaps and sessions on our Merryweather Slow Mo Instagram page and Facebook! We love bringing the booth out to events and seeing how much fun people have in it!

Lastly, we'd like to thank all the people we've worked with this year- the planners, venues, photographers, caterers, bands, DJs, officiants, florists, and every other vendor we've worked alongside this year. It's been a great year and we're excited to see what 2019 brings!

Looking Back at 100 Weddings

This week we're marking a big milestone at Merryweather: filming our 100th wedding! We're celebrating the occasion by looking back at the journey that brought us to this point. Along the way we've met and worked with some truly incredible people, won a few awards, and captured countless amazing moments. We cannot express enough gratitude to all of the couples, parents, planners, photographers, vendors, and more who helped us get here. Thank you all so much!!!


Merryweather Films was founded in 2013 by our fearless leader, Colin, with a simple mission: to blend artistic creativity and a cinematic approach with professionalism and respect. 100 weddings later, we believe that we've managed to stay true to that mission while constantly striving to improve with each new wedding.

We've made it a point to not seek out a large number of bookings each year, but rather strive to offer a "boutique" experience to everyone we have the pleasure of working with. We don't have a cookie-cutter formula for our edits, and our small, experienced team works hard to reflect the distinct personality of the couple and their day. We're incredibly proud to gain new work through word-of-mouth and referrals, rather than paid listings and pay-to-play "features."

What's Changed

Over the past four years, there has been plenty of change at Merryweather Films. We've streamlined our packages in order to give more to every couple we work with -- our standard packages now include a three-person crew, a Highlight Reel, and Full Length videos of your entire ceremony, toasts, and more. We created a more budget-friendly option that doesn't sacrifice quality with Merryweather Simple. We launched our own Slow Motion Video Booth. We upgraded from Canon DSLRs to the Sony A7Sii, an amazing camera that can see in the dark (that means no need for obnoxious video lights)! And we were thrilled to announce recently that we would begin offering tasteful, unobtrusive drone footage.

We've also had a few experiences that we can always look back on when we're in need a of laugh, like the time one of our shooter's pants split right down the middle (and managed to get a replacement pair without missing a beat) or the time another shooter stepped on a giant nail in an old barn (and kept shooting)! 

Our Advice

With all of our experience attending and capturing weddings over the years, we've learned a few simple things that can "make or break" a wedding, and we're happy to share some of these tips with any brides and grooms to be! Here are a few of our most important tips:

  • Plan things out as best you can ahead of time, but go with the flow on the actual day.  Everything will not go exactly according to plan, but if at the end of the day you had a good time and got married, that’s all that really matters!
  • Pass along some advice to the speakers at your wedding to help them give the best toast possible.
  • Think about sound, especially if you’re having a backyard-style wedding!
  • Hire a photographer that you like. We’re not just a talking about their work, but their personality also. They are the vendor you interact with the most throughout your wedding day, so it’s important that you jive well.
  • Try to be present and take in the day, don’t let yourself get railroaded by parents or planners (but also be flexible... especially if the person(s) paying for it would like some small thing that doesn’t really bother you)
  • Have a rain plan! Have a rain plan for your ceremony. Have a rain plan for your transportation. Have a rain plan for your photos. Have a rain plan for your reception. Have a rain plan.
  • Don’t forget to eat! It might sound simple, but it’s easier than you’d think to get swept up in the day, miss a meal or two, and end up queasy at a very inopportune moment!

Here’s to the next 100!

We have a calendar full of incredible events that we're excited to share, from our first celebrity wedding to our first destination wedding abroad! Stay tuned!