Non-linear editing programs such as Final Cut Pro have an editing timeline window (also called sequence) where you may cut, layer, and organize your clips and audio. For the ceremony, bring in each camera clip and sync them together by stacking them on separate layers. There are several options in doing this, but preferably the clip you’ll use the most (or the master shot), should be on top. By layering this way, you can simply cut out the shots you either don’t want or whenever you choose to cut to another camera.
For instance, Camera 1 was static through the entire service and located in back. In the sequence, this clip is layered on top. Now, as the bride and groom are reading their vows you want to go in for a closer shot. Cut to either Camera 2 or Camera 3, whichever is the best shot, emotionally.
Unlike editing the wedding ceremony, editing the reception allows you to use more of your creativity. You may want to layer the first dance with a nice soft glow or flower matte, color filters, etc. Get creative, but don’t overuse the effects! When editing, always consider the mood you’re trying to portray.
It’s always very helpful to use cutaway footage of the bride’s bouquet, flower arrangements, cake, silverware, candles, etc. In addition, by creatively using these cutaways in layers, mattes and/or transitions, you’re capturing not just the scene, but creating an everlasting memory. Therefore, when the bride and groom watch your video years to come, imagine their reactions when they’ll relive these memories, such as seeing Aunt Lily’s expensive China set again and even the bride’s bouquet with all the little flowers and ribbons!
* A wise suggestion is to put the service on a separate timeline than the reception, and if there is an after party or a slideshow, place each of these on a separate timeline as well. Set up your sequences based on the Menu buttons options on the DVD.
Unless you've arranged specific guidelines with your client(s) in the package plan beforehand, plan to edit the video several times! No matter how impatient you may get, be courteous with the client's decision; if something you know doesn't fit or isn't needed, or is too long to be included, offer your ideas as professional advice.