If you’re considering having drone wedding photography on your big day, take a look at our need-to-know guide to hiring a drone
Forget any preconceptions you have of drones being toy planes for adults who refuse to grow up – drone wedding photography has been on the rise for quite some time now and it’s not exactly hard to see why.
Thanks to the ever changing world of technology, today’s drones can capture truly spectacular aerial wedding photographs that you’ll want to treasure forever. However, just as you would ask your wedding photographer questions, there’s certain things you need to know about hiring a wedding drone.
What is a Drone?
A drone is simply an unmanned aircraft. These image-capturing aircrafts can film and photograph from a unique aerial perspective, providing high quality cinematic footage and photos to treasure forever. Drones are increasingly becoming a ‘must-have’, to help capture those unforgettable wedding moments.
Why Are They Ideal for Weddings?
Drones can be a fantastic option to consider when you choose your wedding videography and photography, as they can be used in a variety of ways. They can capture key moments of the day – such as videoing a special moment between the bride and groom or perhaps photographing a big group of guests from above. Drone filming can look so spectacular, because the footage can really reveal the grandeur of a wedding venue and its surroundings.
Is It Expensive to Hire a Drone?
Prices vary so make sure to get a few quotes, but you should typically budget around £500 to £1000 to hire a drone operator who can also deliver an edited video. In our experience, brides and grooms usually go for this option and want a drone operator who can both capture the aerials and provide completely edited videos and photos.
Who Would Control the Drone at the Wedding?
The pilot (who operates the drone from the ground using controls) is responsible for the overall safety of the flight. Guests must not do anything to compromise that, such as distracting them during the flight. There are rules that drone operators follow to ensure that everyone is as safe as possible whilst the drone is flying.
Will I Need to Get Permission from My Venue to Have a Drone?
Yes. Your pilot will need permission from the land owner and/or venue before flying. Arranging to have a drone at a wedding requires considerable planning and preparation, so give yourself enough time to discuss the safety considerations with your pilot and the venue. However, the time and effort spent in the planning is well worth it, since nothing comes close to capturing breathtaking and unique aerial footage and photos on one of the biggest days of your life.