Church weddings are so romantic, but did you know some churches don’t allow certain photos to be taken during the ceremony?  Here are 5 simple questions you can ask to avoid issues and make your day a success.

  1. Will my photographer be allowed to use their flash inside the church?
    Although natural light can offer some of the most elegant and natural feel to a photo, flash can be used to really capture the details such as your ring exchange. If flash is not allowed don’t worry, your photographer will use a closer angel to get the same details.
  1. During prayer is my photographer allowed to continue taking photos?
    When Mom and Grandma are crying through the ceremony, our best opportunity to capture their emotion is during prayer. That way we do not miss anything. If this is not allowed again it is not a problem, there is always the reception for those moments.
  1. Is my photographer allowed to move around during service?
    This allows your photographer to have creative freedom and multiple angels. If your church does not allow your photographer to move around, again it is OK many great photos can be taken from the ideal spot.
  1. Will the church be available for family photos after the ceremony?
    This is just a nice way to remember the church and sometimes it may be a church that your family had gotten married. However not necessary, you can still get the emotional feel of the church during the ceremony then take family photos outside of the church.
  1. Can my photographer use the balcony and the alter to capture special moments?
    This allows the photographer to have creative freedom again. To allow them to capture multiple angels and lighting effects of the stain glass windows. This also aids them in not using a flash. Once again if it is not allowed, you will still have amazing angels from the pews.

Every church has their own set of rules to preserve the essence of your ceremony, and your photographer should be aware. So special moments do not go unnoticed or made uncomfortable. Every uncomfortable situation can be prevented with simple planning between you, your photographer and church.

When hiring a photographer make sure they are aware of religious etiquette. They should know these rules, and be willing to work through it with you.

Asking these few questions will help your ceremony be romantic and personal while being captured and preserved for years to come.