Church Photography Restrictions (For A Wedding) Part 2

Church Photography Restrictions (For A Wedding) Part 2

Welcome back to our blog here at Weddit! In our previous article, we began to talk about the possible Church photography restrictions that you may encounter during a wedding ceremony. If you’re new here or haven’t caught up on our previous instalment of this post, you should catch up on Part 1 here! So, without further delay, let’s get stuck into the topic at hand...

An Agreement in Writing - If you can make a compromise with the Vicar/Priest then it’s always a good idea to follow up your conversation in an email or get it written into your contract so you have proof of what was exchanged between both parties in writing. You won’t want to end up in a sticky position. We’re sure that there are horror stories of weddings were the happy couple have discussed terms, reassured the photographer that they can carry out their duties and yet they are to find out that they’ve got to stand right at the back of the wedding venue and are not permitted to move their equipment elsewhere. Total nightmare if you ask us! If you follow this tip through you shouldn’t be cornered by Church photography restrictions too badly.

*TOP TIP - By far the most common guideline that you’re likely to come across is simply no flash photography and don’t run around the venue during the ceremony moving equipment. Again, this is where hiring an experienced wedding photographer will be crucial since to your client. You will have the right gear that will enable you to shoot in low light situations.

Church Photography Restrictions Won’t Lift? - So, what should you do now? Well, if you’ve tried your best to persuade the Church to lift their photography restrictions and they are still refusing to budge then your options are going to be fairly limited unfortunately. Here are your options if that was to happen... You can either accept that you won’t be able to capture photographs of the ceremony itself. Or, perhaps you could persuade the happy couple at hand to change their venue to another Church? Ideally one without restrictions or one that stops you from carrying out your duties with ease. However, it is important to note that due to family reasons and/ or short notice, this may not be an option.

Thirdly, you could build some time into your schedule to recreate the key moments after the real ceremony has taken place. So, the next step would be to ask the Vicar/Priest to help you to mock up the main parts of the wedding ceremony such as the exchange of rings and the couple’s first kiss once the legal ceremony is over and they are married.

If your couple are not getting married in a Church, in general things are a bit simpler to manage in this area.  Typically, civil ceremony rules are slightly more relaxed (although not always).  It is common for the registrar to ban flash photography and moving equipment around but it is almost unheard of to ban photography as the ceremony is taking place. Otherwise the principles are very similar to a Church! What would be the odds of that?!

Hopefully the tips above will help you either clarify what restrictions will be in place during your couple’s wedding ceremony. With the above tips, we hope that you can find and workaround any Church photography restrictions which the Vicar/Priest has put into place so that you can get the best possible photographs of your client’s wedding day.

We hope you’ve found Part 2 useful! Join us back here soon for future articles. In the meantime, follow us on Instagram for regular updates on what’s NEW! We’ll see you over there soon...

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