Film your friends wedding, sure
What could go wrong? I guess that mainly depends on your friend, their expectations and their guests, but in most cases it is actually really fun. You get to attend, usually get given a nice meal and you will likely know alot of the guests, which can make composing shots easier.
I recently filmed one of my partners best friends weddings, but on this occasion it was slightly different. I was there firstly as a guest (I believed) and I had not spoken with the bride about anything specific she wanted. I felt a little at sea in regards to what to shoot and to what extent.
Establishing shots are pretty standard, but once I got into the church I quickly discovered from the celebrant, that I wasnt able to move within the more traditional areas! I should have expected this as it is more common place in churches but I had taken it for granted. At that stage I started to sweat. Whilst they were not paying me, they had asked me to film, i'd agreed to it and I didnt want to let them down.
Fast forward to after the ceremony and I have got enough, albeit from slightly prohibited angles. I felt slightly better and as many wedding videographers will tell you, once the ceremony is in the can, anxiety levels tend to level off.
I wont go into any details on my first blog post about the day, it was a lovely wedding, but I will say that understanding your role on the day, regardless of how much or little you are involved, is paramount if you want to meet or exceed your client/friends expectation.
Ok, so in most cases, even for a friend, traditionally when I am filming I am primarily their as a videographer. So whilst I may still sit down for food, have breaks and mingle a little bit, the finished product shouldn't deviate from what I would deliver to clients I do not know. My lesson here is that in all cases I need to manage the couples expectations, even at the cost of having a difficult conversation.