Is a Drone Right for you at your Wedding?

When you are planning your wedding, there are a number of things to think about, plan for and hire. Is a drone one of them?

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As well as approved drone operators, we are professional photographers with years of experience in photographing weddings in particular.

Booking us to fly a camera in the sky on your big day to capture various aspects and perspectives of the celebration from an aerial point of view is simple, cost effective and straightforward. Whether we are shooting your wedding ourselves or you hire us to cover your aerial shots to leave your photographer or videographer to create your wedding imagery form ground level.

Drone imagery doesn’t suit every wedding however, so here’s some pointers to help you decide if drones are right for you.

  • Are drones allowed at your venue? It seems obvious but it’s worth checking up front as some venues have a blanket ban in place and that might make your decision for you.

  • Are you and your guests going to be enjoying at least part of the day outside? Drones, due to the noise they make when they fly and the wash from the props, are not suited to indoor flights at weddings!  If you are planning on spending most of your day inside, then a drone probably doesn’t have a whole lot to offer you.

  • Has your wedding venue got good space around it? Drones are best suited to working across larger areas of open land.  There is a requirement for drones to stay away from other people, property and vehicles that are deemed ‘not under the pilot’s control’ 50m in fact, so you could have hurdles to overcome if your venue is in an urban area.

  • Aerial photos and videos can showcase your venue and provide a great cinematic, Hollywood quality to your wedding coverage. A venue from the air can set the scene in a wedding video or create much more depth to large wedding group poses. If your venue is in a built-up area or doesn’t have much outdoor space, drones might not be the right choice for you.  However, many drone operators use commercial grade photographic poles and masts, up to 15 or 20m which might be a great option to explore as well.

  • Another thing to check or consider is, does your venue reside near to a sensitive area? Venues near to airports or military bases, even prisons and football/sport stadiums may face extra restrictions when it comes to drone flights.  It doesn’t mean that you can’t have drones as part of your wedding plans but there might be extra time for planning or cost that applies.

  • When is your wedding? The weather in the UK is certainly unpredictable but drones can’t fly in rain or high winds, fog or snow and so that’s worth factoring into your planning, as weddings in the autumn or winter months will require contingency plans if a drone is grounded.

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