A Catholic wedding is, first and foremost, a sacred liturgy; it is the public prayer of the whole Church, not just a private ceremony for those present. It is important that your photographer/videographer understands this so that nothing is done to distract anyone from the prayerful dignity of the liturgy that is taking place. Photographers should remain unobtrusive. Careful observance of the following policies is expected.
- The Church is available for photography one hourbefore the wedding. Pictures of the ushers should be completed15 minutesbefore the wedding so as not to interfere with their duties of ushering guests.
- Setup of photographic equipment must be completed10 minutesbefore the wedding begins. The wedding ceremony must start on time.
- Photographers/videographers are not allowed in thesanctuary(altar area) for the taking of pictures or videos during the ceremony.
- No flash photography is allowed during the ceremony.
- Picture taking after the ceremony should not last any longer than 30 minutes.
- A still-photographer is allowed to move as long as he/she remains out of the view of the congregation.
- Persons making videos using cordless microphones must check with the Director of Music to insure there are no conflicts with the parish cordless microphones.
- Bright lights on video cameras are not allowed.
PLEASE GIVE A COPY OF THESE POLICIES TO YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER.