The growing popularity of DIY wedding videos in Ireland

Updated: May 16

Do it yourself, or "DIY," is in vogue. This is even more true in the wedding sector, where brides and grooms are ready to help their friends keep memories of their big day, which means squeezing money from the high cost of their wedding. Wedding couples resort to DIY photography, DIY photo booths, DIY wedding DJs and now DIY wedding videos.

A professional wedding video is an expensive affair with some companies charging up to 3k.. But these days couples have many options to save their big day. With the growing popularity of mini cameras, many couples begin their marital experience by recording engagements with a GoPro. These small cameras can be easily attached to the forehead or chest or held using a long selfie stick to capture the intimate moment of a wedding offer. Instead of a friend leading a design or hiring a professional.

Couples also recognise that the cameraman only takes a lot of time during the wedding weekend. When the video crew was hired for the ceremony and the party, they didn't have footage of the rehearsal dinner or those special moments after the party. There are also plenty of great moments with one or two wedding camera operators that you will forget. If Go Pro cameras are distributed to chosen visitors and they are asked to take as many shots as possible throughout the weekend, you will definitely get quality moments that may or may not be.

Advantage points in the air and wide-angle shots lead to a unique finished product. There are also Go Pro features, such as a time-lapse video that visitors will enjoy while recording. Some who used GoPro for their wedding found the videos slightly jerky because of bouncing and movement, but the new kid on the block the DJI mini Osmo corrects this with its auto stabilization capabilities. Encouraging guests to share these new DJI cameras will ensure many different viewing points throughout the week and allow the couple to see their activities through the eyes of their guests.

I have seen a trend in DIY videography. In some cases, this is a coordinated activity, such as donating multiple GoPro cameras, but in other cases, guests do what they do naturally - they use cell phones to record videos and take wedding photos. The trouble is collating all the random footage into a final product.

Capture the Craic is a groundbreaking business for Irish weddings, it sells as "a fun and interactive way to get the whole wedding experience, from trying food to brunch.", an internet e-commerce operation, a few days before the big event a package is sent with a number of high definition (HD) auto stabilized mini DJI cameras. Guests can use the cameras during their wedding weekend capturing unique intimate footage that only friends would have access to as well as the main ceremony and speeches. They then send the borrowed cameras back to their Derry offices with the free return label provided. Providing easy to use professional cameras to their guests will ensure that they can record images immediately and do not have to worry about their camera phone recording quality video or having someone's memory card full and not being able to continue recording. then merges the images from all the cameras into a video that is uploaded for the bride, groom and guests to view, share and download. In addition, capturethecraic’s professional editing team adjusts the raw images to create a "personal, professional and valuable finished product". Although very popular in the UK, US and Australia is the first to offer this in Ireland.

While weddings are still one of the more traditional customs in our society, parties are looking for new ways to preserve these important moments. Why not try something fresh, something different.

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