Post # 1
Just wanted to give future brides a heads up. I was trying to book St. Patrick’s church for our ceremony and we found out that last August (Aug 09) they started a Photography Policy in which you could ONLY use their approved photographers.
I don’t know about you all, but this was a big issue for me. When I contacted her, she said exceptions were not granted but since they had just stopped honoring contracts (this was in January) she said my photographer could submit a letter to their photography committee asking if it was okay for her to photograph our ceremony. Also, this would only be acceptable if this was a situation where the photographer was a friend or family member who was willing to do the work as a favor.
Ultimately, we found another church with less restrictions that we like even better.
I just though a few future brides out there could use this heads up before they go through the whole contacting process. I believe the wedding coordinator there is so busy, it took her a while to respond back to me and I had to follow up several times to make sure she had “reserved” our date.
Post # 4
Megan…what a weird policy. Is this their way of making money off weddings (ie they get a cut of the photographer’s fee that is approved by them) or is this for “preservation of the church” purposes?
Good for you for choosing another venue. Wedding planning is stressful enough. You don’t need another “rule” to follow.
Another reason why I never even thought of having my wedding ceremony/reception downtown. The taxes, traffic, parking, etc. It’s all just too much. Chicago/Cook county taxes have a good way of making sure that potential customers DON’T come to Chicago.
Good luck on wedding planning!
Post # 5
@hazel920, I have no idea why they started that policy.
Considering how popular they are as a wedding site, I hope this doesn’t deter people. I certainly wish I had known about it before I nagged her for 3 weeks to get a response.
I agree with the downtown taxes. Our only saving grace is a connect with a hotel for the reception that is saving us basically the tax. We only decided to do it because we weren’t inviting many people and we wanted it to feel like a vacation for them.
Plus, I grew up in the suburbs, so I wanted a bit of a departure from my regular life also 🙂
Post # 6
Megan…..good job on “saving tips” even if you’re using a downtown venue. I do have to give downtown Chicago props for beautiful photo ops, though. (Millenium Park? Chicago skyline? Awesome!)
I’m the opposite! =) Always lived in Chicago. I vowed to move to the suburbs as soon as I was able to. I’m sick of the traffic, taxes, and over-priced everything just coz it’s “downtown” or at “Lincoln Park” or whatever. I love free parking in the burbs, mom & pop restaurants, green grass, huge backyards, forest preserves where you can run, and the “family feeling” in the neighborhoods. =)
Post # 7
@Meganrose, sounds like you had trouble getting a hold of JoAnn, too?? lol! We live in MA now (I lived in IL all my life)…so when we decided to get married in Chicago I was looking for a church that would marry us…and it seemed like a good choice! 😛 Anyway, it’ll be a nice vaca for almost all of our guests and luckily I already was leaning toward one of the photographers on their “list”. WHEW!!!!
Post # 8
I’m really curious about this policy!
Are they worried about high-powered flashes ruining any art? Or about photographers standing in inappropriate places during ceremonies?
If you know or find out any more, please share. Thanks!
Post # 9
Hi SKeenan! Yep! I had to call and email several times before I received a response. If they are that busy, they might want to get her some support.
@Aliciareneephotography, I’m not really sure. They had standard photographer guidelines like all other churchs have. I even had my photographer review them and she said there was nothing out of the ordinary.
The only thing I could even try to imagine is that maybe this is something that they feel helps their community? Perhaps the photographers are all parishioners? I have no idea. There were no visible commonalities between the approved photographers.
When I responded to her, I let her know exactly why we chose somewhere different and I hope that this policy doesn’ not reduce the interest in their church. Since they really didn’t instill this policy until August and honored all contracts up through January 1, it will be interesting to see how things change for them in the future.