So, you've hired your wedding videographer, which means that the hard part is over, but you still have some work left to do.
To ensure that the highlight film from your big day is perfect, you should give some thought to the music that will be included. After all, you will be watching it with your family and friends every year on your anniversary for the rest of eternity, right? If you're not sure how to choose a timeless, upbeat musical option, i'm here to help. These tips make finding the right tunes for your wedding video one of the most fun tasks you'll cross off your Pre-wedding to-do list.
1. Watch a lot of wedding videos.
The best way to get ideas for your own wedding video (and entire wedding!) is to watch videos from other celebrations. Ask your friends and family if you can watch theirs. Be warned though, wedding films have really changed over the years. Particularly in the last decade. Are you still picturing wedding Videography as the 2 hour long video shot from the back of the room filmed by Uncle Bob? With terrible audio and shaky footage, that would make it worthy of submitting to You’ve Been Framed? Think again.
Your film does not have to be like a wedding video from the 1980’s. Today, a short highlight’s film between 5-8 minutes that shows clips of the day in a non linear fashion set to music is the norm. It is a fun way to share a summary of your big day with family and friends that were not able to be there physically. Technology has changed quite a bit in the last ten years, and wedding Videography has definitely seen major improvements. However, so has the way Wedding Videographer's are allowed to use Music in their wedding films.
Much like an artist displays their work in an art gallery, a Wedding Videographer displays their work online. The Internet is without doubt the most powerful tool to advertise and promote businesses. A Wedding Videographer would post their films online on their websites and social media sites, to display their work to future couples to see. However, this means that copyrighted and unlicenced songs cannot be included in contemporary wedding films.
2. Be aware of British Copyrighting Laws
One question I get asked a lot is...."I really like Ed Sheeran and Beyonce, can you put their music in my Wedding film?"
Unfortunately not, no – unless you’re willing to pay the records companies lots of money for it! Music licensing laws in the UK are fairly complicated. While there are many companies who will continue to use commercial music in their films illegally, there’s always a risk that the label who produce the song will take action through civil or criminal courts for making unauthorised copies of their songs and for loss of revenue. Or simply social media sites can just remove or mute the audio completely from the video that has been posted online. For that reason, I do not use commercial/popular music in my films, and instead use a database of independent music producers who I pay to licence their music (don’t worry though, the cost of licensing their music is included in my packages).
3. Check out music websites.
Wedding filmmakers purchase music for their videos on websites like Musicbed.com. You can browse the site and find the same library of music that your filmmaker will be consulting when they edit your video. Keep track of the tunes you like and let your videographer know which ones you connect with. Send these to your Videographer as suggestions. On occasion, it may not be possible to use particular songs that you want. This will depend on the style of edit your videographer is producing and the length of the video you have paid for. Many videographers will chose their own music at their discretion because of this. Often, the editing is done in synchronisation to the flow of the music and the vibes and atmosphere of the wedding day. Sometimes, some songs just ‘don’t fit’ with the flow of the Videographers vision and interpretation of your wedding day.
4. Don't choose your music! - Let your videographer do it!
You've hired a videographer to shoot and edit your wedding film. They're the expert and you should let them choose the music if there's nothing you're set on having. They are great at what they do and they are practiced in choosing the right songs and music to fit your unique wedding style and love story.
Have a look at www.musicbed.com for some inspiration.
For further information, visit https://www.musicbed.com/knowledge-base/what-music-license-do-i-need-for-a-wedding-video/44