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?