Hannah Shipley

Owner, Unveiled Media


There’s a lot to remember when preparing to shoot a wedding. You already have to remember to bring batteries, extra batteries, mics, lights, lenses, stabilizers, memory cards, extra memory cards, and everything else. Oh...and a few cameras. So it’s understandable how some things could get overlooked. That’s why we’ve prepared a list of the top five things you absolutely cannot forget if you want to stay sane during the long day ahead of you.



Red. Bull.

This is listed first because it is the most vital. Whatever you do, do not forget to bring a 4-pack of Red Bull. It doesn’t matter if you wake up energized and ready to run a marathon. Trust me, you’ll need it. After hours of running around catching those perfect angles, you don’t want to hit a slump 5 minutes before the reception starts.



Comfy Shoes

I learned this one the hard way. I chose style over comfort...I was wrong. It may seem self explanatory, but I’ve found it to be surprisingly difficult to find shoes that maintain comfort and support for 12 hours of standing (and dancing). Some good options might be Yanuk sandals, Birkenstocks, or even better... your trusty pair of Nike tennis shoes.



Extra extra batteries

The title kind of gives this one away. Could you imagine 5 minutes before the ceremony starts turning on your camera to find you have 3% battery left on your last charged battery? Me neither, just don’t risk it. Bring all you’ve got and then bring some more.



Hair Ties

Guys...lucky for you but you can skip this one. Unless you have long hair, then keep reading. Forgetting the hair tie might be one of the biggest annoyances in the world. It’s the worst when you realize it’s missing right when you reach for it in the midst of putting up your hair. You then have to get creative and find somewhat circular objects that may hold your hair up if you’re lucky. It’s best to bring two, just in case.




You’ll probably be outside for a large portion of your filming. The sun can create glares making it difficult to see your camera screen. When you can’t see your camera screen, you probably can’t get the top notch stuff you’re used to. So just grab your glasses on your way out and it won’t be a problem.

Hannah Shipley