Everyone wants their wedding to be a memorable event, and although it’s an exciting day to look forward to, there is also lots of planning involved. As you plan for your big day, taking pictures from above may not be the first thing that crosses your mind. However, drones are becoming increasingly popular in weddings, and for those looking for something special, aerial photography can be a truly unique way to capture your wedding day.

Drones have revolutionized the world of wedding videos and photoshoots – in the past, aerial photography meant you needed helicopters or other expensive equipment (And imagine trying to keep your dress and hair intact with a helicopter hovering above your head!). However, the introduction of drones has allowed aerial photography to be accessible to all. With only a fraction of the cost of traditional aerial photography, drones allow versatile, creative shots, which are otherwise impossible. With the help of drones, you can capture your wedding in a fresh and unique way.

There are few things to keep in mind when considering aerial photography for your wedding:

1. Make sure your venue allows drones.

As drones are a relatively new technology, policies around it are always changing. Golf courses and private estates are usually the most compatible with aerial photography as there are less obstacles in the way, while city spaces and areas close to airports may not allow drones. Make sure you comply with local and federal laws for regulations on drone use in areas such as parks. If you aren’t sure, the safest thing to do is to work with professionals, as they would be aware of the restrictions.

2. Consider the costs.

Although much cheaper than traditional aerial photography, drone rentals do cost an hourly rate that must be factored into your budget. Day rates are usually less per hour, but still add a significant expense to your event. Often, aerial imaging companies will also offer professional photo and video editing services for additional costs. Depending on city regulations, permits can also incur some additional charges.

3. Safety concerns

Although drones can easily be purchased by individuals these days, being able to buy one doesn’t necessarily mean you can control one. When used improperly, drones can potentially be a safety hazard. You should definitely have insurance in place when using drones for aerial photography, and leave the controls to a professional who has extensive training in piloting drones.

With prior planning and proper use, aerial photography can be a great way to memorialize the start of a new chapter in your life, and can help you and your loved ones relive your wedding day experience for years to come!