Drone filming can look so spectacular, because the footage can really reveal the grandeur of a wedding venue and its surroundings. Forget any preconceptions you have of drones being toy planes for adults who refuse to grow up – drone wedding film and photography has been on the rise for quite some time now and it’s not exactly hard to see why.
Thanks to the ever-changing world of technology, today’s drones can capture truly spectacular aerial wedding photographs and footage that you’ll want to treasure forever. However, just as you would ask your wedding photographer questions, there are certain things you need to know about hiring a wedding drone.
What is a Drone?
A drone is simply an unmanned aircraft. These image-capturing aircrafts can film and photograph from a unique aerial perspective, providing high quality cinematic footage and photos to treasure forever. Drones are increasingly becoming a ‘must-have’, to help capture those unforgettable wedding moments.
Why are they ideal for Weddings?
Drones can be a fantastic option to consider when you choose your wedding videography and photography, as they can be used in a variety of ways. They can capture key moments of the day – such as videoing a special moment between the bride and groom, a flyover your venue or perhaps photographing a large group of guests from above.
Who would control the Drone at the Wedding?
The pilot who would be your photographer or videographer (who operates the drone from the ground using controls) is responsible for the overall safety of the flight. Guests must not do anything to compromise that, such as distracting them during the flight. There are rules that drone operators follow to ensure that everyone is as safe as possible whilst the drone is flying and they need to have a licence & insurance to operate a drone commercially.
Tips for Couples who are hiring a Drone for their Wedding?
The key thing when planning your drone wedding photography is to allow time to capture the event and carefully choose the moments when it flies. An ideal moment to capture would be between the ceremony and the reception whilst the guests are socialising. A classic drone wedding shot is to position all the guests together with the bride and groom in the centre whilst the drone ascends into the sky – everyone will appear in the frame and get smaller and smaller as the drone flies away.
Will the weather have to be taken into consideration?
Yes. It’s worth noting that drones can’t fly in rain or high winds. The pilot will tell you if the weather conditions are unsuitable for flying.
Will I need to get permission from my venue to have a Drone?
Yes. Your pilot will need permission from the land owner and/or venue before flying but don’t worry as he will liaise with your venue and organise this.
How do I hire a safe and legal Drone Operator?
You must make sure that your drone operator is a safe and legal operator. By law, any drone operator who is flying for commercial gain must have permission from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and have a valid insurance. There are many illegal drone operators who use them without CAA permission or insurance, which is a criminal offence.
What kind of venue would best suit Drone Photography and Videography?
Outdoor wedding venues with lots of space make the best venues for drones. However, any venue where a drone can safely be flown over is a great addition to your photos or video.