| Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Planning |
Increased availability and relaxed regulations mean that
almost everyone will know someone who got a drone for
Christmas and they'll be dying to use them at your
wedding. And more and more professional photographers
will be adding drone photography to their packages.
Some things to be aware of
- Taking photos using a drone requires some skill
- There are still rules (laws!) about when and
where a drone can be flown
- Drones are noisy, and because they are still a
novelty, will distract your guests if you use them
during the ceremony. And you don't want your guests
ducking and weaving to avoid a drone flying just
above their heads
- Drone batteries need frequent recharging, so you
need to pick your window of opportunity for when to
fly the drone for must-have pictures or footage
- Rain and drones are NOT friends, neither are wind
Here are some extracts from the section on drones in my
Wedding Etiquette Guide for Social Media Savvy
Despite the immense appeal of drone photography,
there are a number of short-comings to drone
photography that you should consider before committing
Drones rely on batteries with a short life and,
relative to the amount of time they can fly for
(approximately 20 minutes) a long re-charge time.
Whether or not the drone will be part of your
photography package on the day is weather-dependant.
Drones, being electronic devices, cannot be exposed to
rain or snow, and are unsafe in windy conditions, so
unless the day is calm and clear, the drone will have
to remain grounded.
The expertise of the drone pilot, both as a pilot
and as an operator of the on-board camera, is key. To
avoid disappointment, before contracting with a
professional photographer or videographer or accepting
a friend’s offer, check out their level of experience
.... For safety reasons, drones should not be
flown indoors, in or around a tent or marquee, where
there are many large trees, or anywhere with overhead
telephone or electrical wires.
If you are getting married at a wedding venue,
you will need also to make sure that the venue is
aware of your plan to fly a drone on the premises and
gives approval to do so.
Any use of a drone needs to be coordinated with
your professional photographer and videographer to
ensure that their capacity to deliver the photographs
and footage as per your contract isn’t compromised.
You should also consider the potential of a drone
to disrupt your wedding and distract your guests.
There is no way to fly a drone discreetly. Drones are
noisy, and, because they are something new, if one
flies over your wedding ceremony the eyes, and
attention, of every guest will be above the ceremony
and not on it.
It would also be a good idea to forewarn guests,
so they are not startled by the drone.
And, very important, you should ensure that you
are covered by insurance.