WHAT HAPPENS AT A WEDDING | A VISUAL GUIDE – As an experienced wedding videographer, I often find myself discussing the intricacies of the wedding day with my couples. They often inquire about what actually happens at a wedding and how I capture those precious moments throughout the day.

To assist couples in visualizing a typical wedding day and to provide valuable insights into my role as a videographer, I have created an informative infographic called “What Happens at a Wedding | Visual Guide.” This guide not only outlines the sequence of events but also offers useful tips to ensure a seamless integration of videography into your big day.

Let’s delve into the step-by-step breakdown of a wedding day:


On the day of the wedding, your chosen suppliers will arrive at the venue. As your videographer, I typically arrive 2-3 hours before the ceremony to capture preparations and even incorporate aerial shots using a drone.


Early in the morning, while you and your wedding party are getting ready, your hair stylist(s) and make-up artist(s) will be there to enhance your beauty. I will be present to document these moments on film.

Tip: If you and your partner are getting ready in close proximity, I can capture both of your morning preparations.


After your hair and make-up are complete, you will put on your stunning wedding dress. This is also an opportune moment for your photographer and videographer to capture the finishing touches and the emotional reveal. Traditionally, the bride’s father witnesses this moment, but it can involve other cherished individuals as well.


As your videographer, I make sure to arrive early at the ceremony venue to set up my cameras and equipment. Prior to your wedding day, we will coordinate to identify key individuals who may need microphones to ensure their speeches are captured seamlessly.

Tip: Consider including a letter reading by a member of your wedding party or a loved one. These heartfelt moments provide excellent audio material for your wedding film.


Following the ceremony and preceding the wedding breakfast, a drinks reception is typically held. This is an ideal time for me to capture candid shots of your guests, showcasing their interactions, laughter, and the delightful details that may otherwise go unnoticed. WHAT HAPPENS AT A WEDDING | A VISUAL GUIDE


During this stage, your photographer and I will orchestrate group photos involving the newlyweds, friends, and close family members. Subsequently, I will guide you to a peaceful location for a brief session capturing intimate photos and videos of just the two of you. It’s a moment to relax and savor each other’s company amidst the festivities.


You have the option to arrange your speeches before, during, or after the wedding breakfast, depending on your preferences. As your videographer, I will ensure appropriate camera placement and microphone setup to capture all angles and guarantee high-quality audio.

Tip: Opt for speeches before or after the wedding breakfast to avoid any disruption caused by plate clearing between courses. Brides.com offers a valuable article on the ideal timing for wedding speeches that is worth a read!


The cutting of the cake is a delightful moment that traditionally occurs after the wedding breakfast, symbolizing the commencement of the evening reception. However, the timing is entirely flexible and up to your preference. I love capturing the intricate details of this moment, so feel free to have fun, feed each other a slice, and truly embrace the joyous occasion.


Your first dance as a married couple is a truly special moment. It’s the time when you take to the dance floor together, creating a memory that will last a lifetime. As your videographer, I will be there to capture this heartfelt moment in its entirety, utilizing multiple cameras to ensure every angle is covered. Rest assured that your first dance will be captured candidly, allowing you to fully immerse yourselves in the magic of the moment.


The evening reception is when your wedding celebrations reach new heights. Whether you have chosen a DJ, a live band, or have arranged additional entertainment such as a photo booth or fireworks, it’s a time for everyone to relax, let loose, and party late into the evening. As your videographer, I will be present to document these lively moments. It’s an excellent opportunity to capture vibrant footage of your guests dancing and enjoying themselves.

Tip: Above all else, remember to have fun! This is your special day, and the most important thing is to enjoy every moment of it. Let go, embrace the joy, and create cherished memories that will be beautifully captured in your wedding film.

By following this visual guide, you and your partner will have a clearer understanding of the typical flow of events on your wedding day. As your dedicated videographer, I am committed to capturing each significant moment, from the early preparations to the energetic dancing at the evening reception. Your wedding film will serve as a timeless memento, allowing you to relive the emotions, laughter, and love shared on your extraordinary day.

If you have any further questions or specific requests, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m here to ensure that your wedding day is beautifully documented and that you have a treasured keepsake to cherish for years to come.


Emotionss is an award winner of best wedding videographer of 2023 from Hitched and has been capturing couples’ special moments since 2015. I’m based in the UK/London but provides services all over the UK. You can reach out to me via my contact form on my website or InstagramPinterest or Facebook.

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