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The-Video-Compa...
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I recently filmed a wedding for a couple in Cumbernauld, Scotland. It started off being a bit of a disaster, but on the whole I was happy with the end production.

I can't help but find this funny looking back on it. The couple gave me the wrong address for the church, on more than one occasion I might add.

Upon booking, I sent them a wedding details list for them to look over along with a reply-paid envelope. This was returned with no ammendments, as was the 2nd check list sent 4 weeks prior to the wedding. They even sent me a letter, with a list of their chosen music and the wedding details. Again the address for the church was wrong.

Upon arriving at the supplied address, I found a church. However, as it looked more like Fort Apache, I got a bad feeling in my gut. I decided to phone the brides home, who gave me a description of the church. Funnily enough, the description matched - but something still wasn't right.

Thankfully, I had the phone number for the minister. After a brief conversation, he advised me of the correct address, and I propmptly made my way.

All I can say that the Bride & Groom were very lucky. As I decided to show up 3 hours early, because the church was out of my way, to do a quick recce. However, after all the previous chaos, I only made it to the wedding 10 mins beore the guests started arriving.

It felt like I was playing catch up all day after that. I even checked the internet beforehand to locate the church, but nothing was coming up in the search engines.

As there was no harm done, I tend to find this rather amusing. However, if the Bride & Groom were to complain about the video, I don't think I would be able to restrain myself from telling them what they had actually done.

Same As It Ever Was! :(

Z Cheema
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Perhaps you should ask for the GPS/ Ordinance Survey co-ordinates next time (assiming they get them right)

I must admit this is one of my nightmares, that and sitting at home on a Satuday, with it slowly dawning on me I should be at a wedding, filming it.

What about psotcodes?

roglowe
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I can relate to that Cheema!!

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The-Video-Compa...
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I don't know how much use postcodes would be, but if it would help prevent the above situation from happening again - I'm interested.

Same As It Ever Was! :(

robo
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Post codes work very well with www.multimap.com - gives you a nice red circle around the actual building on the street.

robo

Arthur.S
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I also use post codes - streetmap.co.uk. At least gets you in the area. providing the post codes right of course!

The-Video-Compa...
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I'll start using them from now on, although I have a funny feeling that both these churches would have had the same postcode.

However, it would have made the real church easier to find.

Same As It Ever Was! :(

Fabian
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How's this one ???

I always ask for an invitation card before hand as it confirms Church name, time and hotel.
On the one occasion where I didn't get one, but was assured that the time was 1pm I arrived at the church around 12 noon.
There was two stretched limo's parked out side. Loads of cars in the car park. I begin to panic.
I park as quickly as I can. Run into the church. Look up the aisle. There's a bride and groom kneeling at the altar and no video man !!!
More panic.
I then lifted an order of service and realised that this was an earlier wedding (11am) in the same church. Phew !!!
I now ask if there is anything else on in the church before the couples wedding.
I have also arrived at churches where there is a funeral taking place, but the hearse is a 'dead' give away.

Fabian Murphy, murphyvideoservices.com

The-Video-Compa...
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Pardon the pun, eh Fabian.

Same As It Ever Was! :(

Z Cheema
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TVC if you use multimap for your postcodes as above it says you get a nice red circle around the building/place, If you look on the left there is an option to see an Ariel view on there you get a real picture from the air and you can pick out the buildings and any features it may have.

So you see if receptions Havel lakes or rivers passing by etc you can also overlay the road on the picture.

Here is Kentish town, you can see the railway and
what looks like water works

http://www.multimap.com/map/photo.cgi?client=public&X=529000.063166369&Y=185000.10166753&scale=10000&width=700&height=400&gride=529044.063166369&gridn=185173.10166753&mapsize=big&l ang=

Goldeneye
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I suppose thats another plus point about attending rehearsals. At least you get a chance
to negotiate your route to the church as well as find the place. I was recently stuck in traffic,
but thankfully I'd left myself with plenty of time to get there, plus I didn't have to go hunting about for the church since I'd attended
the rehearsal. I appreciate you cant always make
a rehearsal though

The-Video-Compa...
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Z Cheema that is fantastic. I've seen some good map sites on the internet, but nothing like mutimap before.

Also Goldeneye is right, every time I've got a job on in a place I've never worked before I will try to attend the rehearsal. However, like Goldeneye again points out, this isn't always possible as distance dictates otherwise.

Same As It Ever Was! :(

JOHN . A.V.
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Out of all the things that stress me out and get the adrenalin running is getting from the brides house to the church All else pales into insignificance. With a Church I don`t know , I usually do a search on the web which usually brings up a piccy and what events they have planned. I print out maps from autoroute (and still manage sometimes to do a right instead of a left) and check with the Brides dad the location on that map. Here`s a tip. Park so that you are facing the direction of travel to where you need to go next and in such a place that you`ll be unlikely to get blocked in

Z Cheema
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Good advice John, I always face the car for a quick get-away.

Have one next weekend for someone else, who will book anything always at the same price, he lives in Essex, so people in London phone hoping to get a better deal on price while we struggle with parking and restrictions in London, I normally quote an additional driver as this can work out cheaper and cost effective and less stress.

This wedding,(Greek) bearing in mind I am in at M11 J7, Harlow, I have to go to Sutton in Surrey for 11am, (will have to leave at 9am) then the church for a 2pm service at Kentish Town, back across the river, then back to Wandsworth for the reception for a 12am finish and back home by 1:30.

I estimate a 15 hour day and the guy still charged the same price, had I known the locations before I accepted to help him out i would have told him to take a run and jump. i would have quoted for two camera guys one at home then to reception the other at the church.

Needless to say I have refused any further work from him, one for the long day the other as an injustice to all video guys trying to price videos for what they are worth.

Barry Hunter
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I`m glad that most of our weddings are local, Torbay!

I have covered most of the venues & receptions, so we are well known by the various staff.
Just one more reason to live in this beautifull part of the world. Now if only we could persuade the tourists to stay away :)

Nearly had a heated discussion with the maitre de last sat. i asked him to announce the speeches from beside the cake! No, he couldn`t do that, instead he announced from behind me. I got the shot & swung around to get the start of the brides dad, in full & certain knowledge that my 2nd cam would give me a cutaway to cover the wip pan! I had reckoned without the maitre de deciding to stand right in front of that camera. Doh! His answer was "I saw you doing your David Bailey over there & thoght this one was spare" ah well, the joys of the wedding videographer.

Barry Hunter
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Z Cheema
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Sooooo jealous Barry