(Closed) how to ask someone to videotape wedding

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would ask someone you can definitely rely on. Give them a list of “must have” shots/moments you’d like recorded. Probably try to find someone who isn’t likely to drink their face off so you don’t end up with shots of the ceiling, LOL! Or if you have a relative that bugs you, you can ask them to do it, thereby giving them a “special job” and making them feel very involved. OR if you have an artistically inclined friend, that’s a great option too!

Post # 4
611 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Somebody that

1. you’re pretty close to (e.g. family members or a very very good friend) ‘cuz it is a big responsibility and burden.

2. relatively tech-savvy (to operate any electronics)

3. who’s unlikely to get drunk,

 and preferably

4. who has an eye for art, photography, or design. Even if it’s not professional, it will at least be decent.

How? very nicely? and make it known that you understand it’s a big responsibility and that u won’t feel offended if he/she doesn’t feel up for it.

Post # 5
1060 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu

did you look around craigslist or maybe a nearby art school to see if there’s anyone looking to build their portfolios? a friend of mine is getting into the videography business in san diego and offered to do ours for free. it could be a win-win situation?

otherwise maybe have a close family member like a mom or something ask for you if it’s too awkward to ask yourself?

Post # 7
297 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

bridepower another suggestion I have is to get a tripod with the camera.

Our amateur videographer (the grooms little brother) set up the camera towards the back and to the right of the church on a tri-pod because we specifically asked him to just record the musicians.  He checked on it a couple times during our very long Catholic ceremony but basically just let it run on it’s own.  He did a great job.

We realize now that if we would have had him set up the camera near the front and to the side that he would’ve had us in the shot too but we specifically wanted just the musicians.

You will be surprised at how many people will be taking pictures and video of your wedding and reception without you even asking.

Our first dance and the appearance of a special guest was captured by one of our guests on their simple little digital camera.  The audio wasn’t bad either.

Good luck and congrats!


Post # 8
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

we just set it up on our tripod and asked a good friend who is ALWAYS taking pictures to press play. he turned the camera a few times to get us walking in, and zoomed for some important parts, but that’s about it, and we’re happy with it for what it is.

Post # 9
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

do you maybe have a young-ish relative who could do it, a teenager, who would probably have fun doing it and is reliable?  you could ask him/her, make them feel special and hopefully they will do a good job?  

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