Married in Broussard by Stephen Meaux

The weekend was rainy but that didn’t stop the wedding from happening. Filmed in Broussard at the Victorian, it was a rainy day. It poured and poured the day of the wedding which prevented the ceremony from taking place outside. Held inside, the ceremony went smoothly. Following photos with the bridal party, the reception was held at the Madison in Broussard which was a short distance away. I included three songs in this wedding video. The first part of the video starts off with a introduction to the entire night. It shows the couple, dancing, the cake, and a bit of the ceremony. Then it transitions into the ceremony for about 30 seconds or so then into the reception. It was a wonderful night and the video shows just that!

The Cinematic Wedding Trailer by Stephen Meaux

There is a trend happening in wedding videography that focuses on wedding trailers. Similar to a movie trailer, these trailers vary in terms of what is shown and heard, but majority include audio and powerful visuals from the wedding day. The trailers will vary in length and some will include audio from the vow exchange or speeches from the wedding day.

One of the wedding trailers I made featured the couple before they were married. I had met them at the Jungle Gardens on Avery Island and we spent about 30 minutes filming a variety of shots. The trailer is a little less than a minute and includes one song that builds and builds until the end of the video which shows the couple’s name “coming soon” graphic.

Essential Wedding Video Moments by Stephen Meaux

Whether you are planning a big or small wedding, there are essential moments every wedding video should include. Below are a few moments that every wedding video should have. These are in no particular order.

  1. First Kiss - An absolute must. There needs to be a shot of the couple kissing once they are pronounced husband and wife.

  2. Aisle Walk - Walking down the aisle after the ceremony ends as a couple. The couple can now go celebrate at their reception.

  3. Shots of friends and family - You want to remember the people who are at your wedding. What they looked like and what they were wearing. It’s always fun to look back and see who was there.

  4. First Dance - Your first dance as a married couple. Your time to talk with each other privately while everyone there watches you.

  5. Cutting of the Cake - Your entire wedding party is around the cake table as you pose for photos then they all leave and then you two have the opportunity to cut that cake you spent weeks deciding on.

  6. Money Dance - A southern wedding essential. Watch as everyone forms a line to dance and pin money on you.

  7. Getting Ready - This is the one time of the day you are not together as a couple. I think this is an important moment because you will be able to see what the other was doing and how they were feeling before the wedding.

  8. Vows - Whether you recite your own vows or just repeat the standard vows, these are important in any wedding.

Questions to ask your wedding videographer by Stephen Meaux

When you are searching for a wedding videographer there are a few questions you should ask before selecting them to film the most important day of your lives. Whether you are speaking with them over the phone or through email, these questions should be asked so you can know what to expect on the your wedding day.

  1. How many hours will you film for? How much does it cost for any additional hours?

    Most videographers offer packages for you to choose from. Each of those will come with different prices and hours. Think about your wedding day and what you would like most to be captured. If the package doesn’t offer enough hours, you can ask how much will any additional hours cost.

  2. What is the length of the final video?

    Again each videographer package will come with different prices. The longer the video the more the price will be. Most videographers film a lot during the day so they have tons of shots to choose from. Consider what you would like to see: A short 3 - 4 minute cinematic video or a 9 - 12 minute film showing everything that took place that day.

  3. Can I make suggestions for specific shots I would like?

    If you know there will be a special moment during the day that you would like to be captured then let the videographer know. Videographers are constantly roaming around capturing different shots throughout the day so let them know if you have something that can’t be missed.

  4. Can I choose the music for the final video or make suggestions?

    Some videographers will allow couples to choose the music while others will not. It is a good idea to ask before so you can start preparing a list of songs to give to them. You wouldn’t want your wedding video to be captured beautifully but the music they choose doesn’t quite fit with the video.

  5. What is the videographer’s style; documentary, cinematic, vintage?

    How will the final video look? Will it include audio from the day? Will it be filmed in slow motion? Will it be more of a cinematic style or documentary? There are many different styles and some videographers only offer one style. Watch videos from several videographers to get a feel for what you like.

The Sound of Music by Stephen Meaux

There are many ways you can go about including music in your wedding video. I’ve worked with couples who wanted complete control while others told me to use my best judgement. Depending on the wedding videographer, you will either be able to choose the music in the video or they will make the final decision. I tend to allow my couples choose their wedding music. I want them to enjoy the soundtrack that goes along with the film they’re in.

If couples do not have any music in mind, then I ask them if they have a sound or a preference of genre so I can get a feel for what they may like. Many of the couples I have worked with told me to choose what I think is best. I tend to use a combination of both fast and slow paced songs for different parts of the video. I love instrumental songs for the ceremony and more upbeat music for the reception.

I like to incorporate a variety of music into each video. Many wedding videos often use only one song in the entire video. While there is nothing wrong with that style, I just tend to choose a few different songs because the videos I create are a bit long in length so there are different sections that require different scores. I like to treat my videos as short films where when the scene changes so does the music. My goal is to create artistic wedding films where couples can sit back, relax, and watch them selves on the screen.

Figuring out your wedding video style by Stephen Meaux

Once you have decided that you want a videographer for your wedding, now you have to choose the style of video you would like. Cinematic. Documentary. Storytelling. Traditional. There are so many styles to choose from. Viewing the work of a handful of videographers you will see that each has their own style. I’ll break down a few of the styles you can choose for your wedding video.

Cinematic: This is one of the more popular styles. It can include natural audio, storytelling, slow motion, and drone shots. Slow motion shots have really become popular in wedding videos. If you have watched any wedding videos lately it is likely majority of them used slow motion. Slow down the footage is what gives it that cinematic affect. I tend to use it in many of my wedding videos. I also like to change up the music several times in the video. It gives it a different feel for each section of the video. You can’t go wrong with this choice.

Documentary: This is also a popular style and can include a variety of features as well. Documentary wedding videos usually include natural audio from the wedding day. The videos I made in this style include audio from the bride and groom prep. The bride talking with her bridesmaids while they are getting ready. I’ve filmed several videos in this style. I use a variety of songs for this style. I like to change the music throughout the video for different parts of it.

Storytelling: This style includes some sort of audio that is edited over the visuals of the wedding day. The audio can consist of the vows or a speech given from the best man or maid of honor. The audio also can be a letter from the groom to the bride and vice versa. The audio can alternate between the two throughout the video and then end with some music. I haven’t filmed a video in this style as of yet.

Traditional: This usually consist of a song or songs that are edited over the entire video. It is basically a highlight video from the wedding day. These are also popular among couples.

Deciding on Which Wedding Package to Choose by Stephen Meaux

How to decide on which wedding package to choose? It is a difficult question for some while not so for others. It really all depends on your budget. How much are you willing to spend on a video? What exactly do you want in a video? Did you have a specific style in mind? There are so many wedding videographers out there and they each have their own distinct style so it can become challenging when choosing the perfect one. What I would suggest is first glance at their prices to see if they are at least affordable. Some videographers charge way more than others. Once you found a few within your price range, watch a few videos from each videographer you are interested in. How long are the videos? What do they include in them? How does the story flow? Do you like the music? Some videographers allow you to choose the music while others pick the songs for the video. Some videos include the vows while others do not.

Then each videographer offers several packages that you can choose from with each offering something a little bit more as you go down the line. Do you want to include best wishes from family and friends or do you just want the reception and ceremony? How do you feel about bride and groom prep? Do you want to replay how you felt hours before the wedding? The laughs and jitters of you and your wedding party putting on the final touches.

There is no right or wrong way going about how to choose a package. It’s what you can afford and what you would like to watch years from now. When I got married, I had the videographer film the bride and groom prep along with the ceremony and reception. One thing I wish I could have had filmed was the best wishes from family and friends. It’s nice to watch what friends and family say and how they are there for you two. Really if you still are having trouble figuring out which videographer to choose, then ask to speak with them over the phone and find out a little about them. Usually speaking over the phone with them will help you make your choice. I did that with many services for our wedding. It takes a lot of time but you will be glad you made those calls in the long run.

2019 kicks off with a wedding at Vermilionville by Stephen Meaux

My first wedding of 2019 went perfect. It was my first wedding at Vermilionville. I’ve been there several times for music shows and film screenings but never for a wedding. The couple was married in the chapel and the reception followed in the dance hall building. The couple chose the Deluxe package which is one of the most common package that most couples choose.

The day started with me filming the groom and his groomsmen getting ready. I arrived at Vermilionville about an hour later to film the bride getting ready. They were drinking champagne and snacking a lil bit. Her dress was beautiful! The ceremony was brief and the reception followed. Everyone had a great time. At one point members of the wedding party were singing in the microphone to the songs that were playing. I finished editing their video within two weeks and they seemed pleased by the result. She gave me such a lovely review on the Knot. If every wedding is like this, then 2019 will be a great year!