The first issue is a small one, mainly because it's something I am able to head off in advance by talking with the DJ before the reception. But it still illustrates the attention to detail that can help or hinder your final video or photo album.
Let's talk about the placement of the people giving the toasts. The two places that are preferable for those of us capturing your events are standing next to the couple at the head table or on the dance floor facing the couple. You can see from the below picture how the photographer and I can get shots of the speaker and the couple at the same time. And especially when you've got a photo album that cost a thousand dollars and it only contains 40-50 photos, you don't want 3 or 4 of them used on the toast when you can get away with just one.
But some DJ's will tell the speaker to stand directly behind the couple. The problem here is that the couple is now turned away from the photographer and filmmaker. Sure we can move - but with 3 people looking in 3 separate directions it just makes thing unnecessarily more difficult.
The photo below shows how this arrangement leaves us with a good shot of the speaker and the bride, but our groom is completely turned around.
This something you might want to keep in mind and tell the people giving the toasts. Even at the rehearsal party as well.
I've got a lot of great tips coming up in the next few months so that all my couples have the best wedding as possible, and subsequently a great video and photos.