How to Get Casted on a Wedding TV Show
Casting execs and television producers share insider tips on what to include in your pitch
A PICTURE SAYS A THOUSAND WORDS
To be on camera casting directors and producers want to see what you look like, so make sure the photo(s) you send with your application are of you looking at the camera. Don’t send a selfie where your arm is in half the shot. Don’t wear a hat or sunglasses either. Send photos of you individually or one of the two of you together, but don’t share a pic of a group of people even if you’re front and center.
Don’t tell them what you think they want to hear. Share information that’s accurate, such as your wedding date and venue, and your real interests. If you don’t like to go skydiving, don’t write that you do. You don’t want to put yourself in a situation that will make you or your fiancé uncomfortable.
SHARE INFO ON THE KEY PLAYERS
Since a wedding has so many “characters” make sure to explain who the most important players are. Mention a few details about the people in your bridal party and some of the vendors you have hired already. And if you have engaged friends who may be interested in being on TV too, share their details (with their permission of course) so the producers know there are multiple couples who they can build the show around. Describe your group of friends, where you met and what you like to do together as well as everyone’s wedding dates and locations.
INCLUDE PHOTOS THROUGH THE YEARS
Send pics of you and your fiancé through the months and years of your relationship, including vacations and your proposal. As producers build the show’s narrative it will be helpful for them to know more about you as a couple and what you like to do together, such as hobbies, interests and activities.
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IT’S OKAY TO SHOW THAT YOU’RE IN LOVE
If you’re sending in a video application, don’t be afraid to be affectionate with one another. They want to feel the love. That doesn’t mean you should send something X-rated, but PDAs aren’t necessarily a bad thing in this situation.
WHAT ARE THE STAKES?
While a love story can grab people’s attention, if it’s interesting, it may not get the audience to the end of the show or final episode without a little drama to help move it along. That doesn’t mean you should make up a fight with your mom or write that you’re planning on firing your maid of honor who happens to be your sister. You should mention any concerns you may have about what could go wrong at the wedding. Maybe it’s the weather, a crazy in-law, a surprise that has to pan out perfectly or last minute issues that you’re worrying about.
SHARE WHAT MAKES YOUR STORY UNIQUE
Don’t be afraid to gush about why you love each other, how you met, why you fell in love and how you got engaged. Casting directors and producers want to know about your love story and how it stands apart from all the other ones they’re reading.
And tell them all about your wedding plans and what makes them unique too! Some shows want to document what your wedding plans are, and aren’t planning to bring in a surprise gift of a free wedding planner or baker or wedding dress. Never assume these items are part of the deal, so be upfront about what your wedding plans are and what your vision is for your wedding. You won’t be happy if you let someone plan a wedding for you that is far from what you’re envisioning.
PRACTICE BEING ON CAMERA
You don’t have to submit the first take. Get comfortable in front of the video camera and talk both directly to it and to your fiancé or a friend. You can ask someone to videotape you or prop up your phone and tell your story to the camera until you find that you no longer clam up “on air.”
SHOW OFF YOUR PERSONALITIES
Many people come across as very generic, so make your application stand out by showing producers that you have that “little extra” they’re looking for. Make sure you have a lot of energy and come across that way. Let them see how much fun you have together, and don’t be afraid to share a few stories of your relationship so they can get a better idea of who you are and what your personalities are like.
TRIPLE CHECK YOUR SUBMISSION BEFORE HITTING SEND
Before putting anything in the mail or emailing the paperwork over, make sure you’ve reviewed the casting director’s list of what each application should include. Are the photos of the two of you unobstructed? Is the video file working properly? Did you answer all of their questions? Is your contact information easy to find in the application? Always check your submission, and ask someone else to look it over too, just to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.