How to make a Japanese Wedding Profile Video (プロフィールビデオ) - Adventures of Anette

Monday, June 20, 2016

How to make a Japanese Wedding Profile Video (プロフィールビデオ)

In Japan it is very common to make a so-called Wedding Profile Video (プロフィールビデオ) that shortly introduces the happy couple and shows how they got together. Apparently as many as 71.9% of couples in Japan show Wedding Profile videos in their weddings, and among them 56.9% of the videos are made by the couple themselves. If you're interested in making a Wedding Profile Video for your big day you can check out some tips here:

7 tips for making a great Wedding Profile Video:
1. Focus on making a movie that guests won't get tired of watching
2. At the same time both the bride and groom should have a chance to show the pictures they want
3. Make a movie that contains comments and/or messages
4. ...That are shown at a speed where it's possible to read what is written
5. Even if the video doesn't have a clear development it should stick to its form
6. Give the video variation by using two to three songs
7. Make a video that doesn't disturb the progression of the wedding reception

There are some general guidelines for making a wedding profile video. First of all the video should be well balanced, and is usually divided into 3 parts; the background of the childhood of the groom, the bride and finally a section with the the happy couple together. Adding music is also an important part of the process, and most people choose between 1 to 3 songs for their video.

Part 1 & 2:
From baby to school age: Around 5-10 photos each
School age (from elementary school & up):

Around 10-15 photos each
Recent years: Around 5-10 photos each
Length: Approximately 2:30 min each

Part 3:
30+ photos (depending on your storyline, editing style & length of the song)
Length: Approximately 3 min

Total length of video: Around 6-8 minutes

As mentioned, one important thing to keep in mind is that it would be boring for guests if all the photos contained pictures of the bride/groom only. Adding photos that also include friends and family will make it a more interesting experience for the people that are watching.

My darling Yuma and I recently celebrated our wedding together, and I prepared this very, very simple homemade wedding profile video just using iMovie, the default movie editing program on Mac. Even though the quality might not be super top notch or anything we got a lot of positive feedback from our guests, who seemed to enjoy both the homemade style of the video as well as getting to know more about both our backgrounds and common story. If you have access to a regular video editing program and some time on your hands this type of video could be a great way to spice up your wedding ceremony.!

If you have any questions or comments feel free to drop a note below!
Thanks for reading :)

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Anette came to Japan as an exchange student in 2010, met the love of her life and got stuck. From her base in Tokyo she writes about her experiences as a full-time worker in Tokyo and about her travels in Japan and abroad. She's a free-spirited adventurer who'd gladly trade a trip to the shoppingmall for a hike in the forest any day.

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The classical story about a girl who went for a one-year exchange program to Japan, fell in love and got stuck there. Starting out as a student in Kyoto in 2010 I now work full-time in Tokyo as a hotel consultant, and write mostly about my travels, working life in Japan as well as a bunch of random stuff.
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