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I would always try to film with 2 cameras. That way you can plug into 1 camera, your extermal mic(s) and the other camera will get ambient noise from the crowd. Generally, if you only have 1 lav mic and it’s on the pastor (priest, officiant, etc), you can still hear the bride and groom (you might have to boost the audio). If you are able to plug directly into the sound board (if this church or location has one), than do that because they should be able to give you a good mix.
I always film with 2 cameras. The camera closest to the sound board gets the audio mix, while the other camera gets the audio from the crowd. You never know when you’ll get a bad mix from the board or a baby crying near your camera that is getting live audio from the audience. Try and think these things through as you set up. I don’t know how much you are charging for your work but I would start simple and work your way up with buying new equipment. Your job is to record the day, at the highest quality possible, but not break your bank doing it. Once you increase your profits, you can buy new equipmen. Most other professional wedding videographers have 2 lav mics and/or use available sound from the audience or sound board.
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