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Drones are all the rage right now and their inclusion for wedding ceremonies is becoming more popular. They can capture an entire venue and all of your guests from breathtaking overhead angles. Drone wedding photography can be tricky, so follow these steps to use one successfully without interfering with your special day.

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Drones are all the rage right now and their inclusion for wedding ceremonies is becoming more popular.

Check With Your Wedding Venue

Drones can be disruptive and some venues do not allow them to be used during your ceremony. Check with your wedding venue to see if they are allowed to be used before you hire someone to take wedding photography pictures from a drone. Drones are used primarily for outdoor wedding venues and will not be able to take pictures near tents, wires and telephone poles.

Limit Their Use During Ceremonies

Drones are not quiet machines. Their propellers and engines whine and make a lot of noise. You do not want a drone humming overhead while you are about to say your vows. Make sure you talk to your drone pilot ahead of time to make sure the drone can snap a few pictures at the beginning of the ceremony before landing them so the attention is on you at the altar and not the drone.

Drone Wedding Photography is Expensive

Drone wedding photography is often an extra add-on photography cost. Couples on a strict budget should note that drone wedding photography can cost approximately $800 to $1,000 on top of your regular wedding photography cost.

Take Time for Drone Shots

Have we mentioned drones are noisy and draw attention to the sky instead of your wedding? Yes, we have. Allot some time to do some fun drone wedding photography shots with your friends and family so everyone can focus on the drone for a certain period of time and then focus on the bride and groom and other festivities.

This is a great time to gather guests on the lawn and get them in creative poses. Have them spell out words or organize them in other creative ways.

drone wedding photography

Drone wedding photography can be tricky, so follow these steps to use one successfully on your special day.

No Drone Close-up Shots

Stay away from close-up shots with drones. These are mini-helicopters that can mess up your hair, makeup and dress, so make sure the drone pilot knows to keep the drone away from you and your guests.

Use Experienced Drone Operators Only

This is not the time to hire your brother’s friend who just got a drone and is willing to take photographs for free. Drones are difficult to maneuver and only experienced drone pilots that can provide examples of drone wedding photography should be considered for the job. The last thing you need is a drone crashing into your bridal tent or slicing your beautiful wedding cake in half.

Nix the Drone on a Bad Weather Day

Drones can’t fly in bad weather. Make sure your contract allows for cancellation on the wedding day if the wedding weather forecast calls for snow, rain, high winds or a combination of these.

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Do not let a drone take the focus away from you on your wedding.

Investigate Drone Insurance

Remember that drones can be dangerous and accidents happen. Drone insurance will cover damages and injuries. Outdoor venues might also require extra insurance for the use of a drone so make sure you choose a drone operator that has drone insurance.

You Might Need a Drone Permit

Certain venues might require a permit to operate a drone on their private property. Some cities also don’t allow you to fly drones over private property at all. Permits take time to apply for and cost money so investigate whether you need a permit for drone operation ahead of time.

Plan Your Wedding Today

Are you ready to plan your wedding? Give The Roberts Centre’s professional wedding event planning staff a call to pick your perfect wedding package and help you with all of your wedding photography details. Located in the middle of Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus in Ohio, we also offer on-site Holiday Inn and on-site restaurant and bar. Contact the Roberts Centre today at (937) 283-3272 to schedule an appointment to plan your wedding today!

About Roberts Centre

Roberts Centre is home to the region's largest convention center, a luxurious Holiday Inn hotel, and Max & Erma's Restaurant. The flexibility of our space, combined with our location between three major cities in Ohio, makes us the perfect venue for weddings, banquets, meetings, pet shows, and other special events.

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