Wedding Ceremony: 2 Things You Should Do
Updated: Jan 3
Your wedding will be one of the best days of your life. Getting the perfect wedding pictures will depend to a large extent on your wedding photographer. But you can also do certain things to avoid a big disappointment.
One of those is by making sure your ceremony atmosphere is conducive for your wedding photography. Here are two things you should do at your wedding ceremony for your wedding photography.
Plan an Unplugged Wedding Ceremony
Unplugged wedding ceremonies have become very popular recently. At these ceremonies, guests are encouraged to put away their electronic devices for the duration of the ceremony. This includes all smart phones, tables and cameras.
There are 3 main reasons why having unplugged ceremony is a great idea:
1. Your guests will be present
One is that we can all agree we’ve become a little bit addicted to our smartphones. That could mean that rather than be a part of your ceremony, guests are busy making posts for their social media. With an unplugged ceremony, that distraction is taken away. Your guests will be there with you at every point of your wedding ceremony.
2. Guests won't spoil the key photos
An unplugged ceremony gives your wedding photographer free rein to capture every important moment. They won’t be worried about guests getting in the way at the last moment and spoiling the shots. There is nothing worse than a guest suddenly getting in the photographer's way during the key moments. Imagine getting pictures of you walking down the isle or the first kiss with your aunt’s smartphone in the way (shudders).
3. Your final wedding album
Your final wedding gallery will also benefit from an unplugged ceremony. Guests who are fully participating in your wedding will look fabulous in your photos. Imagine when you will look through your wedding photos in 10 years time. It's so much nicer to see your guests' faces instead of them hiding behind their devices.
Check the Photography Restrictions with Your Venue
One thing that couples often neglect to do is find out if their ceremony venue has any wedding photography restrictions. So, they end up surprised when their wedding photographer gets to the venue on their wedding day and is faced with rules.
Avoid falling into this category by making enquiries during your planning stage. The people to ask concerning restrictions are your ceremony venue, celebrant or officiant. Below is a list of some of the wedding photography restrictions you could be faced with.
1. Limited use of camera flash
No use of camera flash during the ceremony. I totally understand that the camera flash can be a little distracting, and I try to avoid it as much as I can, but it might be absolutely necessary.
Your ceremony venue can be a dark place or have some of the lighting barred. Without enough of natural light and the use of flash, your photography could be heavily impacted. The flash adds the necessary light to create a good quality photograph.
2. Limited movement
No moving around after the ceremony has started. Limiting your wedding photographer to one position is probably one of the worst possible restrictions. The beauty of a wedding album is in the variety of angles and photographs.
How many positions can your photographer get standing in just one place? Their creativity would be greatly limited if they are stuck in one position. The photographer would also have to make a decision whether to capture yours or your other half's expression during the entirety of the ceremony!
3. Only certain parts of the ceremony can be photographed
You can only capture photographs at certain times. Some venues will ask that your wedding photography be limited to only key moments. Examples are when the bride is coming down the aisle, the vow exchange, ring exchange and first kiss.
Unfortunately, this ruins your chance of having candid photography at your ceremony. Those special moments where no one expects the camera to be clicking away are often the most genuine. Commonly restricted part of wedding ceremonies is signing the register.
4. No photography at any time
This particular restriction is the worst of all and means no photos of your ceremony for your wedding album. So you won’t have your vows, your first kiss and other remarkable moments at your ceremony documented. As horrible as this sounds, there are some wedding venues and churches that impose this rule.
What You Can Do About Wedding Photography Restrictions as A Couple
The very first step, as I mentioned earlier, is to plan right. Ask your venue if they have any photography restrictions in place. That way, you can negotiate an acceptable compromise.
Please keep in mind that many venues, celebrants and officiants will not offer this information up independently. So, the fact that they haven’t told you does not mean it’s non-existent. It would be best if you got verbal confirmation before your wedding day.
Wedding photography restrictions could be a downer on your otherwise perfect day. However, if you know about them early enough, you could always find a solution in time. So, make sure you list this down as one of the critical things to handle at the planning stage of your wedding. Best of luck!
Wedding planning can be very overwhelming and stressful. But every bride wants to have a beautiful wedding which everyone will remember.
Veronika J. Fine Art Photography creates unique photographs & videos with an artistic touch, so every bride can feel proud of her memories that won’t be forgotten.