Wedding Photography & Video Guidelines

Please give to your photographer(s) and videographer(s) at least one month before the ceremony.

1. Visible movement anywhere within the church and flash pictures are permitted up until the official beginning of the ceremony, when the bride and groom are in place together in front of the altar. (Visible movement includes any activity that can be seen by members of the assembly in the pews and has the potential to shift the focus from the action of the ceremony.) Visible movement and flash pictures may be resumed as soon as the couple is introduced at the end of the ceremony. If this guideline is not followed, the ceremony may be stopped until the photographer/videographer moves out of the range of sight.

2. Stationary video cameras may be placed in discreet areas surrounding the sanctuary, but not in areas where anyone might be walking (including the main altar area, side altars and aisles). At no time may visible stationary video cameras be manned between the official beginning and end of the ceremony (between the time when the couple is first in place together and when they are officially introduced). Manned video cameras may be used throughout the ceremony in the balcony on either side of the organ, or within the pews behind where the last group of guests are sitting. Additional lighting equipment may not be used at any time during the ceremony.

3. All pictures and videography must be completed by 3:00, when confessions begin. If you and the bride and groom do not think this is possible, plan to have the majority of pictures taken before the ceremony begins.

4. It is generally helpful for the photographer(s) and/or videographer(s) to touch base with the celebrant either the evening of the rehearsal or sometime before the ceremony, especially if there are any questions regarding these guidelines.