Should you invite a Drone to your Wedding?

Drone wedding photography is a serious trend right now. They’re able to capture dynamic and illustrative video and stills that offer a scope and scenic context to your wedding that you or guests just won’t be able to see. They’re also quite versatile, allowing for a little more creativity to your big day photos. Adding a drone to your wedding list, even if you’re planning to elope, is a decision you likely won’t regret. This isn’t plain old wedding photography, it’s next-level wedding cinematography.

Photo Credit: © Tahiti Drone Photography

That said, there are a few things to consider.

  1. Not every venue is drone-friendly.It’s not always possible (or safe) to fly a drone indoors, and heavily treed or tented areas are also high on the no-drone list. Also be wary of overhead wires, telephone poles and massive hydro blocks. Outside is best, but aside from aesthetics, not all venues allow drones. Be sure to consult about any drone policy beforehand.
  1. Drones shouldn’t do close-ups. This may sound obvious, but aside from being dangerous, they’re also obnoxiously loud. If you’re hoping to get an extremely up-close and personal drone-selfie, check with your provider about their experience and the risks. For safety sakes, consider a ground photographer with a height advantage for those.
  1. There is no audio. Yeah, sure, your photographer will likely jazz it up with a soundtrack of your choosing, but you won’t hear the nuptials, speeches or anything else coming from your wedding party or guests.
  1. Drones can’t fly in bad weather. Drones are not toys. They’re remote-controlled quadcopters with powerful cameras. They’re not waterproof, and they can’t fly in high winds. Your drone service provider will determine if your sky-bound photos will be grounded on the day of your wedding based on any threat of precipitation or wind. Nobody wants a drone falling from the sky and guests running for cover. The good news is that drones can fly in cold weather.
  1. Listen to the Drone Pilot. They are the folks with the experience, established safety plan, extensive knowledge of their equipment and have probably gained close coordination with the venue management. Don’t argue with the pilot if they deem something a safety risk.
  1. Make the impossible, possible. Take advantage of the venue. Have your ground photographer collaborate with the drone pilot so that everyone knows the plan and they are all on the same page. Some aerial shots take time to set up. Not all images are shot from really high altitudes. Higher is not always better. Expect angles and posing for some interesting arrangements.
  1. Expect additional charges. If your wedding photographer offers drone, it will be in addition to the photo package you negotiate. Some may offer by the hour fees while others will include a package price. Shop around for competitive rates and high quality.




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