Parts of a Wedding Ceremony
Photo taken at the Scottish Rite Cathedral
by Halee Betzner Photography
by Halee Betzner Photography
We'd love to see our ceremony from your point of view!
Social media is important to a lot of people and some couples look forward to having their wedding blasted on social media by their photographer, vendors, and wedding guests! (Some don't, and that's OK too!) The Photo Moment gives your guests an opportunity to take photos at a specific time during your wedding ceremony. It also gives the couple an opportunity to see their wedding from their guests point of view. I would make an announcement before the ceremony begins to let people know it's coming, and then again during the ceremony. I would want to make sure that I have a good rapport going on with the guests so this can be really fun.
Photo moment at the beginning of the ceremony.
I personally think the best time to have a photo moment is at the beginning of the ceremony. Once everyone has had their moment walking down the aisle and the scene is set for the ceremony to begin. At this point, everyone looks perfect and can actually take a moment to smile and pose. I think this is the least disruptive time.
I would say something like this:
"Ladies and gentlemen, at this time, we are going to take a brief moment to allow everyone who wants to take a picture of the couple. When we are done, I ask you put your phones and cameras away so that we can continue the ceremony."
Then, I would take out my phone and say, "Everyone one ready? One, two, three!" Snap a way for a moment, and then, "Excellent! we are done, now let's continue with the ceremony and get these two married!"
The end of the ceremony photo moment.
Taking a photo moment later in the ceremony doesn't flow quite as well. There are certain pictures photographers want to capture. One of them is the ring exchange. I think the best time would be right after the ring exchange. The couple has exchanged vows and rings, then they can stop and pose with their rings in the air. I would want to avoid the first kiss or the first walk down the aisle as husband and wife. Couples really want their professional photographer to capture that picture perfectly! I would say something like this:
"Ladies and gentlemen, Name and Name, would love to experience their wedding from your point of view. they would LOVE it if you could please take a picture now and either share it with them later, or tag them when you share it on social media. OK, everyone ready? One, two, three... (Snap away). Now, I ask that you put your phones away so we can finish getting these two married and move onto the celebration. Thank You!"
I think this wording works great! Kelly and Stephen came up with this!
Family, friends, honored guests, on behalf of Name and Name, I would like to warmly welcome you to the celebration of their marriage. They wish to express their gratitude for each of you who has chosen to be here today. During the ceremony this afternoon, we respectfully request, in a moment, that you silence and put away all cell phones and cameras so we can all be fully present in this moment. But first, because it’s become human nature to want to take a picture during monumental moments such as this, if you’d like, while everyone is standing up here looking absolutely perfect, this is the official photo moment of the ceremony! So, everyone who wants, now is the time to take a picture! And then, we will put our phones away and get to the marrying!