A Wedding Photographers Guide to the Best Ceremony Pictures

Dad crying during wedding ceremony

top tips for getting awesome ceremony pictures

Welcome, lovebirds, to the marvelous world of wedding photography! As a wedding photographer, I’ve had the pleasure of capturing countless beautiful and hilarious moments during ceremonies. But fear not, for I am here to share my top tips with you that will leave you with frame-worthy memories. So, grab a notepad and let’s embark on this wild wedding planning journey!


unplugged ceremony

Unplugged Ceremonies: A Digital Detox for “I Do’s” Picture this: you’re at the altar, ready to exchange vows, and all you see are phone screens held high. Is this an intimate ceremony or a techno-fest? To avoid becoming just another Instagram story, consider having an unplugged ceremony. Kindly request your guests to stow away their phones and actually be present in the moment. Trust us, those #nofilter memories will be worth it!

The other benefit for you is that your images don’t have aunt Betty’s massive iPad in the background of all your special moments!


Bride walking into wedding ceremony


VIP Seating: A Strategic Front Row Placement
Not all seats are created equal, especially when it comes to the front row at a wedding ceremony. Be strategic in choosing who gets to occupy these coveted spots. You wouldn’t want your cousin’s girlfriend you have never met in the front row, now would you? Instead, reserve these prime seats for those who will genuinely cherish and appreciate the ceremony, like your beloved grandma or that friend who always cries at happy endings.


Grandparents watching on during wedding ceremony


Flip the Seating Script: Parents on the Opposite Side for a Sneaky Gaze Tradition is overrated, especially when it comes to wedding seating. Why not shake things up and have your parents sit on the opposite side? This way, as you stand at the altar, eagerly waiting to catch your first glimpse of your partner, you can exchange secret smiles with your parents without straining your neck. Who needs tradition when you can have family bonding moments?

Dad crying during wedding ceremony


Bridal Party Bliss: Let Your Squad Sit It Out We’ve all seen bridesmaids in towering heels, suffering in silence as their feet turn into miniature volcanoes. Spare your loyal crew from unnecessary discomfort and let them sit down during the ceremony. Trust us, they’ll appreciate the chance to rest their tootsies and avoid wobbling down the aisle. Plus, it’s a great way to keep your bridesmaids and groomsmen from looking like wobbly-legged newborn fawns during the ceremony!

Having the bridal party seated also gives your photographer and videographer more space to get all the good shots!

Bride and groom first kiss


Photographer’s Paradise: Give Them Space to Snap Your wedding photographer is the MVP of capturing those once-in-a-lifetime moments. To ensure they can work their magic, make sure they have plenty of space to maneuver. Avoid cramming the ceremony area with bulky decorations or overcrowding it with chairs. Give your photographer the freedom to capture all the candid shots and close-ups without tripping over Uncle Bob’s size 13 shoes or knocking over an extravagant floral arrangement.

Outdoor ceremony with lots of space


A Stroll to Remember: Take Your Time Down the Aisle
Walking down the aisle is a once-in-a-lifetime moment that deserves to be savored. Don’t rush it! Take your time, enjoy the music, and soak up the love radiating from your guests. Not only will it make the experience more memorable, but it will also give your wedding photographer ample time to capture your stunning entrance without breaking into a sweat. Slow and steady wins the race, or in this case, wins the perfect aisle photo!


The Not-So-Sneaky Kiss: A Photographer’s Nightmare
Ah, the first married kiss, the pinnacle of romance! But wait, should you make it a blink-and-you-miss-it moment? For those camera-shy couples, consider a cheeky pause before sealing the deal with a smooch.

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