Thanks to the ever-changing world of technology, today’s drones can capture truly spectacular aerial video and photos that you’ll want to treasure forever. However, there are things you need to know.
Why are they ideal for weddings?
Drones can be a fantastic option, 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.
Who would control the drone at the wedding?
The pilot (Phil Cooper) 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.
Most import rules to remember when flying rules and regs as stipulated by CASA (Civil Aviation Authority)
- I must not fly higher than 120 meters (400 ft) above the ground, in all locations (etc.)
- I must not fly the RPA/drone within 30 meters of people, unless the other person is part of controlling or navigating the drone.
- I must only fly one RPA/drone at a time.
- I must keep the RPA/drone at least 5.5km away from controlled aerodromes (usually those with a control tower)
- I must only fly during the day and keep your RPA/drone within visual line-of sight.
- I must not fly the RPA over the top of people. Examples include festivals, sporting ovals, populated beaches, parks, busy roads and footpaths.
- I must not operate the RPA/drone in prohibited or restricted areas.
Will the weather have to be taken into consideration?
Yes. It’s worth noting that drones can’t fly in rain or high winds. I will tell you if the weather conditions are unsuitable for flying.
Are drones noisy?
Drones, vows and speeches don’t go together because of the noise that the drones make. Drones aren’t quiet because they have high powered motors which turn the propellers to produce the uplift. For this reason, the drone will only be used before your guest arrive and after the ceremony has finished.
Will I need to get permission from my venue to have a drone?
Yes. I will confirm with the venue if it can be flown, need permission from the land owner and/or venue before flying we may have filmed a wedding there before. 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!
What kind of venue would best suit drone photography and videography?
An Outdoor wedding venue with lots of space make the best venues for drones, but having said that, the only limits are our imagination.