Top 5 Tips to Look Camera Ready for Your Wedding Video

If you’re not used to being in front of the camera lens, a few tips and tricks can go a long way. Looking good and looking good on camera aren’t always the same thing — it takes a practiced eye to understand what the camera is going to see. And when it comes to your wedding day, it goes without saying that you want to look your best.

We get it, and we’re here to help you feel as comfortable and confident as possible. Let’s dive in.

1. Do a Test Run

Spontaneity and risk-taking have plenty of opportunities to shine. Your wedding day is not one of them. When it comes to looking your best for the big day, practice makes perfect.

We recommend scheduling a test run of your planned hairstyle and makeup from the artists who will be getting you glammed up for the wedding. This goes for the groom too — do a trial run of your haircut or style ahead of time. That way, you can pivot to a different style early if you’re just not happy with the finished result — and you can be 100% confident that you’ll love your look in the wedding video.

2. Get That Natural Glow

Preparing your skin is one sure-fire way to glow on camera. In the days leading up to the wedding, you should drink plenty of water to give your skin some extra hydration. Stick with a tried-and-true exfoliant that you know makes your skin happy. And don’t forget to get as much sleep as possible in the nights leading up to your wedding, no matter how packed your schedule feels.

3. Shine on the Inside — Not the Outside

Shiny skin might not seem obvious in the mirror, but it will definitely show up on camera, especially with a camera flash and in high definition. To stay camera ready, have a blotter on hand to get rid of oily skin throughout the day. Brides will also want to stick with foundation and concealer that’s light-diffusing — and stay away from anything with SPF.

4. Choose Natural Shades

When it comes to wedding makeup, au naturale is the way to go. Work with your makeup artist to choose shades and colors that complement your own and help you pop without going over the top. Particularly for your cheeks and eyes, experts recommend avoiding extremes and sticking with non-shimmery colors in soft shades.

5. Don’t Be Afraid to Go Big

While you want to choose natural colors, you also shouldn’t be afraid to go a little heavier than usual when it comes to your makeup routine. We emphasize the “little” here, because you certainly don’t want to take it too far.

Soft yet defined makeup can make you stand out on camera and keep you clearly visible even during wide video shots. The camera can wash out makeup, so give a little extra love to your eyebrows, cheeks and lips to make sure the details don’t get lost through the lens.

Here’s one more bonus tip for you: Don’t forget to have fun! While these tips and tricks will help you feel confident on camera, the goal is not to be runway-ready. It’s much more important to be fully present and enjoy every minute of your wedding day. With professionals behind the camera, you can count on looking fantastic in your wedding video — that’s where Shutter and Sound comes in.

Trust Shutter and Sound With Your Wedding Videography Needs

Our goal is for your wedding video to be a work of art. We take a lot of pride in every finished piece, and we hope you’ll love what you see too. As a small team of professional filmmakers, we’re committed to creating beautiful videos that capture the essence of your day. Beyond the generic moments that every wedding video shows, we’re interested in what makes your day unique. We’re here to capture something real — and create something you can keep forever while we’re at it.

Get a taste of our style by checking out work on our website, and see if our pricing plan works for you in the same place. If you like what you see, feel free to get in touch and request a booking.

Things to Think About When Planning a Micro Wedding

While some brides dream of grand weddings that make them feel like royalty, others prefer simpler, more intimate alternatives. Your “big day” doesn’t have to be big — more brides are embracing the concept of the micro wedding to avoid the stress and cost of accommodating hundreds of guests.

But don’t throw planning and organization to the wind once you decide to have a micro wedding. You still need to consider several important factors to ensure that you can make the most of your wedding.

What Is a Micro Wedding?

A micro wedding is a newly coined term for a wedding with no more than 50 guests but still includes most time-honored wedding traditions — just on a much smaller scale than traditional weddings. Micro weddings are growing in popularity because they allow couples to have their dream weddings on a budget, particularly if they desire a destination wedding that a large guest list would hinder.

How to Plan a Micro Wedding

While micro weddings tend to cut down on the stress and cost for most brides, you still need to invest adequate time and effort into the planning phase. Here are six factors to consider when planning a micro wedding:

1. Choose a Unique Venue

When you don’t have to accommodate a large crowd, affordable venue options abound. Take your time finding a venue that speaks to you and your significant other’s personalities and interests, but make sure it’s also comfortable for your guests. From rustic barns to private beaches, the options are nearly endless.

2. Hire Professionals

Even for small weddings, it’s a good idea to hire professional photographers, videographers, wedding planners and catering staff to keep your wedding organized and lift the stress of coordinating the day off your shoulders.

3. Create a Meaningful Experience for You and Your Guests

Micro weddings are more intimate, with only your family and closest friends surrounding you. Make the day meaningful for your guests by creating a thoughtful dedication or leaving them with unique, personalized wedding favors.

4. Still Have a Reception

While you don’t have to go all out, your micro wedding should still feature a small reception, especially if your guests have traveled a significant distance to be a part of your big day. A micro wedding provides a fabulous opportunity for an intimate post-wedding dinner or relaxing cocktail hour — at a much lower cost.

5. Opt for Minimalism

Sometimes, less is more — and for a micro wedding, this is almost always the case. Avoid over-decorating, as this could overwhelm an already small venue. Instead, choose a few elegant centerpieces — such as flower arrangements or sculptures — and simple accents, including flower petals or string lights.

6. Book Live Music

Make your micro wedding extra special with live music, which adds class and intimacy to the occasion. Browse local artists’ event packages — you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the options!

Capture Your Micro Wedding With Shutter and Sound

No matter how small you want your wedding to be, capturing the story you create on this precious day is a must. Choose a Shutter and Sound videographer who can make this memory last forever.

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