5 Tips to Help You Plan A Photogenic Wedding Ceremony

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for—your wedding ceremony! No matter where you decide to get married, here are a few tips to make sure you get the best wedding photographs possible.

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Great Lighting is Important

The way your ceremony is lit is very important, especially if it’s going to be outdoors.

The lower the sun is in the sky, the more romantic the lighting. If you decide to get married outside at 12PM, not only will there be harsh lines of light on your faces, you will also be squinting. Try to plan your ceremony later in the day.

For outdoor ceremonies, the best light will be 2 hours before sunset if you plan on seeing each other beforehand. If you don’t plan on sharing a first look, I recommend having your ceremony 3 hours before sunset. This will make sure you will have plenty of time for all of your portraits afterwards. 

If you are having an indoor ceremony, make sure to have even lighting at the altar.  If, for example, there are two spotlights on the bride and groom, they will be very bright and your bridal party will be very dark.  It is much better to have soft, even light across everybody.

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Unplugged

An unplugged wedding is when you kindly ask your guests to put away their phones, iPads, cameras and other devices for the duration of the wedding ceremony. I always recommend unplugged ceremonies, for a few reasons:

For one, your guests can be present and enjoy the ceremony, rather than focusing on taking pictures.

As you’re walking down the aisle, what would you rather see—your guests beaming with happiness as they watch, or a bunch of phones and iPads blocking their faces?

Your ceremony photographs will look better without the clutter of electronic devices in the audience. When you eventually look back at the photographs of you walking down the aisle, it can be distracting if there are phones and iPads all around you.

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Face the Audience

Talk to your officiant and ask them if you can face the audience instead of the alter. You want to make sure your guests can see your lovely faces, and not just the back of your heads! This also makes for better ceremony pictures, so it’s a win win.

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Enjoy the Moment and Have Fun

The ceremony is the whole reason you’ve planned your wedding, so don’t forget to enjoy it! I recommend hiring an officiant you connect with who also has a sense of humor. A few jokes here and there can help you relax and really be present.

An added benefit of this are pictures where you and your guests look happy! Although everyone may feel over the moon, without a few smiles and laughs here and there it can be hard to convey those emotions in pictures.

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Coordination

Hiring either a full event planner or just a day-of  coordinator is so important. You’ll realize very quickly that if you do not have a coordinator, that responsibility will automatically fall on either the mother of the bride, the photographer or you! 

When a photographer is in charge of the coordination, the images will suffer. All of the most stressful wedding situations I’ve seen were caused by a lack of organization and coordination. It’s so important to make this a priority.

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