Wedding Minister on Photography Etiquette
Decide what you want in terms of photography during the ceremony and recruit your wedding minister or officiant to communicate and enforce your wishes.
A lot has changed in the past few years regarding wedding photography. When I was young and getting married, a photographer was one of the most significant expenses associated with a wedding. As the groom, I didn’t incur that cost, but as the father of two girls, I did grow in my appreciation of the task and the cost of preserving the ceremony in color glossy photographs.
Today it seems that every event is captured in digital format. When every phone has a built in camera it’s not surprising. Unfortunately, that may present a problem for the bride and groom when it comes to their wedding ceremony, particularly when the ceremony is held in someplace other than a church. It is not uncommon in such venues to see almost everyone in attendance maneuvering for a better position to snap the perfect picture.
Some couples have embraced the paparazzi. For them, the more pictures the better. Disposable cameras have been replaced by smart phones. Several apps, WedPics for example, now offer a central clearing house for people to upload and share wedding photos. Unfortunately, couples that do enlist the efforts of their guests may be amazed at how few of the photos are worth saving.
Even when a couple does promote the taking and sharing of wedding pictures, I believe it best to hire a professional – someone with an artistic eye and quality equipment – to capture the significant moments. There can be a problem, however, when the guests are competing with the hired snap for a good shot. The last thing you want is to have the work of the paid professional compromised by all the amateurs. For some couples it is a matter of avoiding a ruckus by too many snap-happy guests and maintaining a solemn and serious mood.
To avoid these problems, it is not uncommon for couples to request that the guests refrain from taking pictures during the actual wedding ceremony or at least portions of it. Whether you wish to restrict the taking of photos or not, you need to make sure that your wedding officiant is aware of your wishes and is willing to promote those during the wedding ceremony. Sometimes this takes a gentle reminder in addition to a general announcement. Be sure to discuss these issues with your minister so that your ceremony is all that you want it to be.