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Old August 25th, 2013, 12:07 PM   #1
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Wedding Crashers

I've heard of the movie and have heard people joke about it for years, but I didn't know people actually did it! I had a couple at a wedding last night that were having a lot of fun on the dance floor, and would ham it up more when the camera was pointed in their direction, smiling, waving, and posing for the camera. Later the bride told me, "Make sure they are not in our video. We don't know them." Looking back, I never saw them talk with anyone else. They spent the entire night between the dance floor and the open bar. Anyone else have this happen?
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Old August 25th, 2013, 04:35 PM   #2
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About five years ago I was filming a wedding and a Ceilidh band had been booked for an evening of dancing. The evening guests arrived and the dancing commenced with one couple in particular being very good at the Irish style of dancing. after about 30 minutes or so, the Groom approached me and asked me if I knew who they were with. I said that I hadn't noticed them earlier and it seems neither the Bride or Groom knew them, nor did any of the guests.

The couple then owned up to being locals who had decided to dress up and crash the wedding, apologised and offered to leave immediately. The B&G thought it was very funny and invited them to stay for the rest of the evening, provided they helped show some of the other guests how to do the dances. They happily agreed and everybody had a great time.

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Old August 25th, 2013, 06:41 PM   #3
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I had one last year. She was a Canadian and quite boastful that she had crashed the wedding and managed to hook up with one of the single guests. When I was shooting my guest interviews she made a strong point about being a wedding crasher but still wished the couple a great future.

I wonder if people (especially couples) sneak into weddings later in the evening and possibily never get noticed?? The movie itself shows how to do it so I'm sure someone has given it a try. With weddings that have open seat planning and a self serve buffet it would be pretty simple to infiltrate!

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Old August 25th, 2013, 10:23 PM   #4
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The bigger the wedding the easier it is to get in undetected lol...
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Old August 26th, 2013, 08:20 AM   #5
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We shot a wedding last April...we do a dance / party montage video at the end of all of our full-length videos...a highlight of the best dance moves from the night. Once the bride received her DVDs, she posted a comment on her facebook page commenting "Loved all of the great dance moves from the wedding, but we definitely had some crashers!"

They were not mad at all, and it actually sparked a funny and lengthy discussion with a lot of her friends.

Like someone else said, the bigger the wedding, the easier it is to go undetected...also, this particular wedding was at a HUGE venue, designed to accommodate several weddings, so these crashers just strayed from their own party to visit a new one.
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Old August 26th, 2013, 08:43 AM   #6
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I'm sure it does happen, myb not THAT often but in shooting numerous weddings I would think some of us probably encountered it at some point, knowingly or not. I was at one where I think someone brought an escort or stripper of some sort. Reason being I had the photographer come up to me and tell me he just say the most inappropriate outfit he'd ever seen at a wedding. I was unsure cause in talking to him he mention he shot ALOT of weddings. So finally he points her out as she's coming to the seating. She's wearing a black lace dress (not really a dress more like lingerie) which barely reached her legs, and basically you could see her thong thru the lace. She was a pretty girl with a nice body, seemed a bit ditzy & had very little interaction with the guy who brought her. (She was at the ceremony so I doubt they crashed it). Anyway she was out on the dance floor later & i could tell it was a bit of a sore spot with people. Getting awkward looks from the bride & parents & elders, so I tried my best not to capture her. Also, I didn't want to be seen shooting her, even if only it was for a few seconds. Funny thing is I heard the DJ play that old dance song from 99-2000 "Thong Song" and my only thought was 'Boy, this is an old song, haven't heard this in a long time". Then, the next day it hit me someone probably requested it as a joke.

There was a pretty big story in Philadelphia where a fight broke out among 2 seperate wedding parties in the hotel lobby. From what I heard people in the other party were putting their drinks onto the other parties tab, as the bartender wasn't really aware the groups weren't together. Anyway the party got their bill & were shocked how high it was, and then they realized the other group was trying to get their drinks put onto their tab & a melee broke out. A kid in town recorded the fight on his cell phone. Anyway, thats just the rumor as to what the fight was about, although it seems about as logical as any reason.

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Old August 26th, 2013, 08:44 AM   #7
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I've seen crashers at a few weddings and generally they're from another wedding reception being held in the same venue. Remember around here, it's not all that unusual to have 2 or more receptions in the same place at the same time. Generally the crashers haven't been a problem but there have been a couple of occasions where it definitely has.
At one, one of the groomsmen happened to see a couple of people taking some of the stuff off the gift table. that ended quite quickly when they groomsman, who happened to be a police officer called over some other groomsmen who also happened to be police officers. That attempted theft ended pretty quick.
At another one a pretty large number of people came into the party from another party. It was actually a good time. They were gracious and polite and invited a bunch of people from the reception I was at to theirs. Even the B&Gs from the 2 partys visited each others.

David, I just saw your post and it reminded me of 2 weddings around here. One was about 8 or 9 years ago where a couple of guests got into a fight. One died, the other is now in jail. Another one about 3 years ago, I was shooting at a venue where there were 2 receptions. One was Mexican and one was Irish.
Just as I was getting ready to leave the 2 groups were outside smoking and having some drinks. Within a few minutes there were police from 3 or 4 municipalities there trying to restore order. A bunch of people spent the night in jail for that one.
Like I've said before, take the alcohol away at weddings and it will be civil and SHORT! ;-)
What do I know? I'm just a video-O-grafer.

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Old August 26th, 2013, 11:31 AM   #8
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I have even heard of it at a funeral. Suppose Joe Blogs can't come out out the grave and say who are you?
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Old August 30th, 2013, 04:40 AM   #9
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Guests that fight at weddings are just animals if you ask me ... how embarassing! I'm yet to encounter disputes at a wedding.
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