Post # 1
Is it common in the Catholic Church to not allow pictures during the ceremony? Our church has really strange limitations on it (i slightly remember this from my sisters wedding 10 years ago at the same church) and honestly it bothers me to no end…i was told we can re-create the moments…my father giving me away, the kiss, exchange of the rings, etc…
To me that is just not acceptable. I am going to look into other churches but i wanted to know if this is a common theme in the Catholic Church before i go into the hassle of finding a church that will allow it.
Post # 3
i went to 2 catholic weddings this year, and everyone was taking pics during the ceremony…
Post # 4
My church had a no flash photography rule during the ceremony, and the photographers had to stay at the back of the church or up in the balcony. Basically you were allowed to photograph as long as you didn’t disrupt the ceremony. We have tons of beautiful photos from our ceremony and you would never know the photographers were shooting from so far away.
Photography rules are unique to each parish—they aren’t a Catholic thing; they’re just a church thing. I have never heard of a church not allowing photography at all during the ceremony. I hope you find a church that fits your needs.
Post # 5
Our church wouldn’t allow a flash, which is totally understandable because there’s museum-age artwork in there. They also had limitations on where the photographer could stand (don’t walk up the steps into the sanctuary, don’t block the guests, etc) which made total sense to me too. However, I fail to see why they wouldn’t allow non-flash photography from the back of the church. Even at that distance, a telephoto lens can make the picture look like it was taken from up close!
Post # 6
I think you will have to just ask your church…. I had no problems: the first and only church we wanted to get married at does in fact allow pictures, and flash pictures too! The only limitation is that the photographers must stay in certain designated areas of the church. I was actually surprised because this is also a very decorative, pretty, old church as well.
Post # 7
With mine, you can take as many pictures as you want during the ceremony, but the photographer can’t move around (has to stay in one place) and he can’t block the aisle or anybody’s view of the altar etc. And you can’t take pictures after the wedding “officially” but every time I see a wedding there, the families are taking post-wedding pictures!
Post # 8
I’ve been to Catholic weddings where they’re were photographers! I know it varies a lot from church to church!
I’ve NEVER heard of re-creating those moments though!
Post # 9
Each parish sets their own rules (and those rules can sometimes even vary within the parish), but usually you are allowed photographers that are required to be stationary. That usually means a photographer in the choir loft with a zoom lens and a second photographer towards the front of the church off to the side.
You can understand why they have these rules – I’ve been to weddings where two photographers have walked up the aisle in front of the bride flashing away like she was on the red carpet before the Oscars. Then during the ceremony, the photographers are running around the couple and the minister and were very distracting.
I’ve never heard of a “no photography during the wedding” rule, but I don’t doubt that there are church’s (Catholic and otherwise) with that policy.
Post # 10
Yes, it varies from church to church, parish to parish. I actually HAVE heard of a church that didn’t allow singing OR photography–my brother went through this when he got married to his wife (who incidentally, was not Catholic). Their explanation was that the church is a sacred space and that photography during the ceremony was a secular thing (something like that–I forget exactly how they put it). He and she ended up getting married elsewhere.
Post # 11
I have only had one church say NONE at all during the ceremony and it wasn’t a Catholic church. Most allow at a min. no flash from the back in a stationary place.
A lot of churches will say you can re-create (ugh they never look the same!) but still allow pics during. It is so very rare and extreme to say no-pics period… but again.. it’s a church thing not a catholic thing.
Post # 12
Thanks Ladies! i think i will have to have a talk with them and see what we can work out. I appreciate all the input
Post # 13
@JennyW1: A Catholic church told you that singing wasn’t allowed? That violates the GIRM and the Rite of Marriage and I would absolutely take that up with the Bishop’s office.
Post # 14
It can be common in Catholic churches to not allow photography during the ceremony/Mass. This is because photography can be considered profane since the Mass involves public prayer and is not merely a ceremony. Sometimes though they do allow photographers but they’re limited about where they can take shots which thus limits their angle.
You will also want to find out what is allowed during your ceremony. In a Catholic wedding, technically their is no kiss, but most priests permit it. Some priests do not allow you to do a unity candle. As for the exchange or rings, usually the limitations the photographer gets of this doesn’t make for the best pictures.
Honestly the only good shots I got off my ceremony were from my friend and my sister. My photographer took pictures during the ceremony and didn’t send me any of them. However, I had to fight her to get the photos and decided it just wasn’t worth the stress.
Post # 15
I had photography and videography during my Nupital mass. They stood off to the side. There were extra video cameras in the back and a remote camera in the choir loft. My sister’s wedding in a Methodist church did not allow pictures during the ceremony.
Post # 16
Our church is very open about photography. People are always snapping pictures, not only at weddings, but baptisms and first communions too. I think it is based on the church you attend, and who the priest is.