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Choosing A Wedding Venue

July 24, 2012 by David Lye

When planning a wedding there’s so much to think about – from the decor of the reception, the wedding dress or bridal party styles, wedding cake and seating arrangements, but one of the most important aspects of your day will be the photography. A wedding photographer will capture priceless moments of your day and provide you with memories for the rest of your life. While there are so many beautiful venues to choose from, you should think about how your venue choice will work with the photography.

Wedding Venue PhotographyIn some wedding venues or churches, photographers don’t have a lot of room to move around – especially in the front of the venue where your vows are taking place at the altar. When there is no room for the photographer in front of the church or venue, they’re often only able to capture the special moments from behind you, up above in the balconies or alongside the altar -this makes it very hard to capture the emotion and love between you and your bride or groom on your wedding day. In some cases, certain areas of the church do not allow photography, so that’s something for you to think about when choosing your wedding venue.

In order to have the special moments of your wedding photographed, it’s important that you find out as much information about your venue before putting down a deposit. If your heart is set on a certain venue or church, but it has photography restrictions, speak with your wedding coordinator or photographer to see how you can work around such restrictions. In some cases, a skilled photographer will help you capture beautiful moments before or after the wedding ceremony.

You should also think about what type of photos you want for your wedding album. Do you want the photographer to capture you walking down the aisle to meet your groom? Would you like the photographer to take photos from the altar as you kiss for the first time, as husband and wife? These are all questions you need to think about before selecting a wedding venue. Once the wedding is over, you’ll be able to sit down with the photographer and choose your favorite images in order to create a beautiful wedding album – and don’t forget to ask for digital files of the photos in case you run out of prints or want to share them with friends and family

David Lye is co-founder of, keen amateur photographer, and avid blogger.

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