Familiar Joy
Wedding Films

FAQ

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 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We already have a photographer booked, do we need film too?

An average second of film has 25 frames in it - that's 25 photos per second. Imagine how much you can capture with that! But don't just think of video as moving photos - think of video as moving photos with sound. You'll be able to hear all those magical moments, like vows, speeches and laughter all again whenever you like. A wedding film makes a perfect companion to your photography in this way.  

How do you record audio?

We work using a multi-camera setup fitted with professional shotgun microphones. We also hook up a lapel microphone to the groom during the ceremony to get the best clean feed for vows, and have a separate microphone on the top table for the speeches, plus plenty of back up options too! 

What areas do you cover?

We cover the whole of Northern Ireland, though are willing to go further. The first wedding we ever filmed was in Colorado, USA! If you would like us to film your wedding outside of our covered area, we'll work together to create a custom price to cover our travel and accommodation costs.

How do we book / pay?

Upon signing this contract you can secure your date with a £250 retainer. This is nonrefundable. Booking works on a first come first serve basis, if two couple have expressed interest in the same date, priority will be given to those who pay the retainer first. The remainder of the price of the package plus any other extras you may have ordered are due by the day of the wedding. 

Can we meet up beforehand?

Yes please! If you're based near Belfast, we encourage you to book a consultation before the wedding. This helps us get to know each other before the big day, and allows us to explain our process in more detail. We can also have a consultation on the phone if you prefer.

Do we need to feed you on the day?

We would really appreciate getting fed on the day, as while you and your guests are partying and celebrating, we will be working a long 8-12 hour day and will definitely need sustenance! Your venue / caterer will probably have an option for feeding the vendors at your wedding. The best time is usually when your guests are eating, as not much will be happening then anyway. We won't sit with your guests, but find a quiet spot somewhere else so we can take a quick break. 

When can we expect our films?

We aim to deliver your final package between three to five months after your date, though this will vary depending on which package you pick. 

Can we pick the music you use for our film?

This question is more complicated than it may seem. You can send us requests for the music you would like on your feature length film, and we will try our best to accommodate your request, and include music used during the day itself. However for legal / licensing purposes, popular music cannot be used in the online videos. For these online videos, we purchase music through sites like The Music Bed or Soundstripe, which provide beautiful licensed music suitable for this kind of work. If you so desire we can send you a playlist of songs we think would suit your short film and you can pick the one you like best for there.

Are you insured?

Of course! We have equipment, public liability and professional indemnity insurance taken out with PolicyBee. If your venue requires proof of our insurance, let us know and we can sort that out for you.

Can you do photography?

Though Jo, our main filmmaker, does have a background (and a degree) in photography, our strengths are really in filmmaking, and so that is solely what we offer. If you’re looking for a photographer, we recommend Peter Mackey or Emma Rock.