New challenges for your wedding
(06/08/2016) | Categories: | Wedding
Ceremony | Wedding Planning |
few days ago I was convinced that the most disruptive
technology at a wedding ceremony was a drone flying
overhead. Yes, everyone present brandishing smartphones
and tablet devices to take photos has the potential to
cause issues for the official photographer, but that
technology is so ubiquitous that most people don't think
twice about it. However, something that makes a noise
and attracts attention really does disrupt the ceremony.
While drones have been around for a couple of years
(more on that topic later in this post), in the last
week or so a major new issue has appeared - the Pokemon
If you're holding your ceremony in a publicly accessible
place (parks, botanic gardens, public buildings
such as art galleries, historic buildings,
restaurants, and so on) you should check out if
your chosen venue is the site of, or adjacent to, one or
more Poke Stops, and particularly (unfortunately this
will be very close to the day) whether any Adventure
Walks have been organised for the area. Thousands of
people turned up to one at the Sydney Opera House last
weekend. An Adventure Walk for children is planned this
coming weekend for the City Botanic Gardens in Brisbane
(a popular wedding venue that has 9 different sites that
can be booked for a wedding), and Southbank Parklands is
choc-full of gamers pretty well every day.
What this means is that random people may walk through
your ceremony site in ones, twos, or large groups, may
hunker down and toss Poke Balls, and may
generally cause difficulties with access and parking. If
you're not having an unplugged wedding, but you're in a
Pokemon Stop, gym or some such, your guests may well
spend the entire ceremony immersed in the game rather
than being in the moment with you.
By contrast, having a drone fly over to capture a
bird's eye view, only takes a minute or so. While drones
are noisy (a drone sounds like an angry swarm of bees),
and everyone will be rubbernecking, because of rubbish
battery life it is not going to go on for very long,
usually you have to have pre-arranged it and therefore
both you and your celebrant will know when to expect it,
the flying of drones must be approved by CASA (the Civil
Aviation Safety Authority) and permission is generally
only given where the drone will be flying in a tightly
controlled and low-risk situation. Just one caution.
Just because someone you know owns and can pilot a drone
doesn't mean that they're skilled at taking photos from
one. For ultimate satisfaction with both the experience
and the resulting images you need to be sure that both
skills are equally present.
So here are some tips if you're thinking of taking up an
offer to have drone-photography at your wedding:
- The technology is a long way from being reliable.
So don't get your heart set on having aerial photos
on the day even if you've booked drone photography.
Think of it as an option that might or might not
eventuate. And make sure that your contract
specifies a refund if conditions don't allow the
drone to fly.
- The weather has to be right. And it may well be
that whether or not your drone pilot can fly the
device on the day won't be able to be decided until
the last minute - and on site.
- Low-light photography and drones don't make for a
- Trees, buildings, and powerlines are an big issue,
and not just for safety sake. Drones are programmed
to return rise into the air and head back to where
they were launched if they lose the GPS
- Venues love them - nothing like an aerial shot to
sell the venue to future couples (but is that really
- Videographers hate them (the noise!), so avoid
having a flying drone around during the ceremony or
reception while your videographer is filming. You do
need to keep your videographer on side if you're
planning on integrating footage captured by a drone
in your wedding video. It will be the videographer
who will cut the footage into your wedding film, and
who will make sure that an appropriate sound track
accompanies that footage.