Top Tips for Ideal Chinese Wedding Videography by Bloomsbury Films

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Chinese weddings have special traditions that need to be kept in mind if a couple hopes to perfectly capture the Big Day for posterity - Bloomsbury Films explain key points that a videographer must plan for.

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For this reason, we advise couples to choose a videographer who has experience with Chinese weddings, rather than someone who simply has a good reputation in general.

As one of the UK’s leading event videographers, Bloomsbury Films is experienced in immortalising all the unique, magical moments of a Chinese wedding. To ensure the happy couple remember their special day for all the right reasons, Bloomsbury outlines the crucial traditions at the wedding reception that the videographer will need to know about.

Chinese wedding filming revolves around the sumptuous reception banquet, since most couples are officially married at a local city hall without fuss or many people in attendance. Traditionally paid for by the groom’s family, the wedding banquet is a lavish affair which lasts for two hours minimum. The videographer needs to be fully prepared with numerous angles planned to capture everything fully. Bloomsbury Films advises that couples mention the following key moments to the person capturing this momentous occasion:

Guest’s Entrance to the Wedding Hall

Before they enter the banquet room, invited guests will sign their names in a large wedding book and present red envelopes containing money to the designated attendants. These envelopes will be opened and the money counted while guests look on.

Entrance of the Bride and Groom

Once the guests are seated inside the banquet hall, a Master of Ceremonies will announce the arrival of the bride and groom. Care needs to be taken to capture this special moment, including the proud faces of the parents suggests Bloomsbury.

Groom’s Speech

It is typical for the groom to give a short speech after the couple have made their entrance.

The Feast

Chinese wedding banquets usually consist of nine courses. The bride and groom generally leave the banquet hall while the guests begin eating to change clothes. Only after the third and sixth courses do the couple re-enter the hall. Bloomsbury Films advises that the couple be sure to inform the videographer of this unique custom if they have never covered a Chinese wedding before, or he/she will miss capturing the varying outfits.

The Toast

Before dessert is served, the bride and groom will toast their guests. Additionally, often the groom’s best friend will also offer up a toast.

Mingling Ritual

The bride and groom will make their way to each table to chat with the guests, who will stand up to toast the couple. This is another key ritual to capture, with lots of film needed advises Bloomsbury Films. Once complete, the bride and groom will leave the banquet hall while dessert is served – this is the final time to commemorate the wedding reception, since once the guests complete their dessert it signals the ending of the party.

Director of Bloomsbury Films, Andrew Cussens, concluded: “Given such an ancient and magnificently rich culture, it is crucial that Chinese wedding filming be done with sensitivity, thoroughness (including plenty of film on hand) and knowledge of the key rituals during the planning phase. For this reason, we advise couples to choose a videographer who has experience with Chinese weddings, rather than someone who simply has a good reputation in general.”

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