The most important part of the day has arrived, so think about the following when planning the service. If it is an outdoor service, think about where the sun will be. It is better to have the sun behind you than in front of you, and that includes your guests. If the ceremony is taking place under a tree, remember there will be dappled light which may create sun spots all over your dress. The same applies for a manmade structure, you don’t want sun stripes and shadows across your face. A simple solution for this would be to put up a small canopy to stand under during the ceremony which will create even light over your clothes and faces. Consider umbrellas for your guests if they are going to be exposed to the sun, and don’t forget the possible heat on the day.
For an indoor ceremony, make sure that there is enough space for you and the bridal retinue. If not, rather have them seated to give you more space to breathe. Big flower arrangements indoors may look great, but often they are a serious hindrance. Place them carefully so that they do not obstruct the view of the photographer or your guests. Large speakers for the PA system should also be placed with care so that they are not an obstruction. Fresh air is of great help, and a large amount of light – preferably natural light, will ensure beautiful ceremony photographs. Try to avoid dark gloomy churches, as romantic as they may seem to be. Remember that your videographer may require bringing in spotlights in a dark location and therby add to the summers heat!
Take your time when walking down the isle and ask your Bridesmaids to do the same, no need to rush in on top of one another. Leave enough space between each other so that the photographer can get clear photographs of each Bridesmaid and the Bride walking down the aisle. It’s vital to be able to capture those important moments.
Consider how close to the alter you will stand during the ceremony, its not only you who would like to see the exchange of the rings. Remember these are important images that you would like captured, so consider your photographer and where they will be standing at the time. Take a slight pause during these moments to enjoy the moment and also allow the photographer to capture it.
Please do consult with the photographer before the wedding day concerning your church or minister’s policy regarding photographs during the service. Although the photographer will remain discreet, some may not like images taken during a particular part of the wedding and others may not like fill in flash if there is not enough light in the church.
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