14 Jul 2017
July 14, 2017

5 Ways Officiant Can Help with Better Ceremony Pictures

In previous blog posts I talked about how the Officiant, even if they are a friend or family member, needs to understand that from the time the procession begins until the recession is over, they are in charge of the “moment”.   This means that they control not only the words and the emotions, but also the movement and flow of everything that is going on, and as everyone knows, within the ceremony there are some very special moments shared between the bride and groom.  And, these special moments can, and usually do, make for some of the best wedding day pictures.   Thus, here are 5 ways, beyond just delivering a great ceremony, in which the Officiant can help to create better ceremony pictures.

  1. Talk with the photographer before the ceremony and fill them in on the “logistics” of the ceremony. For example, if the couple is going to do a sand ceremony or a breaking of the glass, let the photographer know the what, and approximate when within the ceremony.  This helps the photographer plan where they should be to potentially capture a certain set of pictures.
  2. As the ceremony is being prepared, ask the couple if they want an un-plugged ceremony (no pictures).  If you have been to any weddings recently, you have probably seen the abundance of people who are taking cell phone pictures and/or video during the ceremony.   Although some of these people are respectful, some are not and do things like stand in the aisle or hold their mobile device up above everybody’s head.  These amateur photographers can end up blocking the perfect pictures the professional photographer was trying to capture.
  3. Step out of the way of the kiss. As the Officiant is telling the couple to kiss, they can just take some steps to the left or right of the couple (if possible).   Although the Officiant may be a family member or close friend of the couple, trust me when I say the kiss picture is better without them in it.
  4. Explain to couple how ring exchange should be done. Photographers love to capture the rings as they are being slid onto the finger and they expect that to happen at a certain time (the end of the repeat after me portion).  So, the Officiant should tell the couple, either during the rehearsal, or before the ceremony, or even as they get to that point in the ceremony…”take (so and so’s) left hand and just put the ring over the end of the finger and repeat after me”.  After they have repeated all the ring exchange words, they slide the ring up the finger.
  5. Dress appropriately. Wear something that is relatively the same level of dress (e.g. a suit if couple is in dress and suit or dress and tux), and something that is neutral in style and color (e.g. a dark grey or black suit and white shirt).  By doing this, you don’t stand out in all the ceremony pictures.  The focus should be on the couple.

By following these 5 pieces of advice, you are helping to make sure the couple’s wedding ceremony pictures are better, a small thing that makes a big difference.

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