Drones are a thing of the modern world, and weddings parties have been quick to jump on to the technology. There is good money to be made in the industry, and some stunning memories to be had in the use of drones at public events and special occasions.
The question a lot of brides are asking, is, “Is it worth it”?
Well, that can largely depend on how you go about it. For some weddings, opting for a drone photographer can cause more problems than it’s worth. For others, it was (now that we can see the photos and videos), much like the marriage itself: The best decision ever made. There are numerous benefits of having a drone at your wedding. Not the least of which is the stunning photography that can be achieved if you find a skillful drone pilot. On the other hand, there are also costs and hazards which need to be addressed. There are regulations for flying drones in Australia, and even if you are not the pilot, you should be aware of what the regulations are.
We have already seen a number of unfortunate outcomes at wedding events, including one or two high profile weddings, where drone use has not been properly regulated. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the pro’s and cons of a having a wedding drone turn up on your big day.
Capturing a Different Point of View
One of the most obvious reasons to hire a drone photographer for your wedding is the exquisite photography. You can not get an angle more perfect for a wide shot from the ground as you can from higher up. The Introduction of drone wedding photography has opened up a whole new way of capturing those precious moments on film.
Get the Bigger Picture, literally!
A wedding drone has the capacity to capture not only the intimate moment between friends and couples, but also captured the bigger picture. It is able to get the entire location, wedding party and festivities in a single, beautiful shot. Wedding drones capture all that is there to capture. They capture every single moment in a way a regular photographer never can. Drone photography can also add a more cinematic effect to your wedding. Imagine an aerial shot of you walking down the aisle. That is what drones allow you to do.
Weighing up the Pro’s and Cons
Setting a Budget
The first thing to consider (for those on a budget, anyway) is the cost. Drones with a good quality camera can cost several thousand dollars and an experienced drone pilot (photographer) may cost a similar amount. If you are going to invest money in the photography on your wedding day (and why wouldn’t you?), then you are going to want to get the best results possible. These images will form part of your wedding day memory. There is some truth to the cliche, “You get what you pay for”, so, don’t rush in (or out of) any decision too quickly.
If you’re having an outdoor wedding, a perfect venue for a wedding drone, you have the weather to face. Since weather and location can impact the use of drones, it would be a good idea to have a backup plan. Talk to one or two drone photographers to see what your options are. Many (but not all) drone photographers are also skilled in traditional wedding photography and can switch things up if the weather conditions change suddenly. You are still likely to want and need all of those family mug shots and wedding cake stills, so, while a drone may add a new dimension to your photographic memories, you should not expect it to carry the weight of the whole event.
Noise and Accidents
Another common concern people tend to have with drones is the noise, and the possibility of accidents. Drones are obviously more hazardous than your regular cameraman. Some people may not appreciate a constant buzzing overhead, nor the dread of that buzzing suddenly crashing into their Fleur De Lys mid sip. Timing is everything. If you plan to use a drone, co-ordinate with the photography exactly where and when it will be employed.