1) Where is The Wedding Story based? Do you travel worldwide?

We are based in Mumbai (India) and Boston (USA), and we travel all across the world to shoot weddings. Some of our best weddings have been shot in locations like Istanbul, Puerto Rico, Barcelona, Dubai, Montreux, Seychelles, Marrakech among others.

2) What is the typical team strength of TWS team that will be traveling to cover my wedding? Will a reduction in crew affect the cost?

We usually film with a crew of 3-4 cinematographers (candid style) and 2-3 photographers (candid and documentary style) along with a director, a production manager and an aerial drone operator. The crew works as one coherent team with different cameramen specializing in different lenses and styles including aerial, time-lapse and underwater filming.

For a larger scale wedding, we don’t recommend a reduction in the size of the crew as this is likely to affect the quality and grandeur of the film. This choreographed, multi-camera setup allows us to position ourselves strategically to capture ceremonies more naturally as they take place, without any hindrance.

However, there are certain advantages to having a smaller team too! For more intimate weddings, a crew size of 4-5 people is enough. This allows for a greater, non-obtrusive individual control of filming for each crew member and this can lead to better, unobstructed views of the festivities especially when the party is on a smaller scale involving lesser people. This also creates a warmer bond between the crew and families as there are lesser people to co-ordinate with. There is an obvious reduction in cost too!

3) Is TWS into wedding planning or just coverage?

Currently we are only into coverage (photos and videos) but having worked with some of the top wedding management teams, we are happy to suggest some names at no extra costs. An inspired management and decor team naturally act as embellishments for a beautiful film! In fact, you can check the Planners section on our website to check out the work of some event planners & wedding décor companies who are splendid at their jobs.

4) Can we also have additional photographers / videographers along with TWS?

Sorry, we absolutely do not recommend it. Apart from being uneconomical, it may obstruct and tamper with our work.  The advantage of a single team is that we will get clean, unobstructed visual frames without local photographers jumping into our frames and ruining the film moments.

5) Apart from the photography & videography costs, what are the other costs to be kept in mind?

The expenses for the travel, food and accommodation for the crew members are usually borne by the client unless decided otherwise or factored in as a package deal. In addition, the hard-drives for the final delivery are paid for by the clients too. Any additional days / hours of shooting (not mentioned in contract) are charged extra as per the rates in the contract. There are no other hidden costs.

6) What is a pre-wedding shoot and how do we go about it?

A pre-wedding shoot is a photo/video shoot of the couple done before the wedding that portrays the bond they share with each other. Since the wedding is a hectic time to be together, the couple get this day off with each other to shoot some “Relaxed, Together & Fun” images and videos and these can be used in the highlight film or as a separate two-minute pre-wedding film that can be shown during the sangeet or the wedding. A typical pre-wedding shoot lasts between 4-8 hours. The clothes / styling / makeup for this shoot is usually arranged by the client.