Choosing a Wedding Venue – A Photographer’s Perspective

When hunting for your perfect wedding venue, you take a variety of things into consideration. For instance, the size of the guest list, corkage fees, transportation issues, etc. But not often do you think of things from the perspective of your photographer. Artists see the world a little different from everyone else, a photographer for instance looks for light wherever she goes because a good photo is dependent on light.

Here I have compiled a list of Photographer Considerations, if you will. I hope these help you on your search. Good luck.

Side Bar: I would also like to state for the record that your photographs will last a lifetime, almost nothing else from your wedding day will. Take the time and research your photographer and get to know them really well prior to your big day. These will be one of your most cherished possessions of your life. Listen to your photographer. Trust your photographer. It will be worth it.

  1. Check the permissions of the venue. Some venues will not allow for flash photography or they will insist that the photographer stay in a certain area. The more cooperative the venue, the better the photos will turn out.
  2. Light is a photographer’s best friend and it can make or break your photos. Choose a venue with a lot of natural light. If outdoors, have your ceremony in the late afternoon to avoid the direct sunlight at noon.
  3. Take a look at what is around your venue. It is a lot easier to walk across the street to a garden than it is to drive in traffic somewhere else to get amazing photos. You will only have one wedding day but you will have a lifetime of looking at your photos. Make. The. Time. Count.
  4. It will save you time and transportation costs if your ceremony venue and reception venue are within the same area. If you have to drive 20 minutes or more between the two, it eats into your photography time and therefore you get less photos of you and the groom. Make. The. Time. Count.
  5. Make sure the style of the venue fits your theme. If you are going for a vintage feel, check out Fort Edmonton Park. If you want something modern, check out the Edmonton Art Gallery.
  6. Use your imagination. You are not typical so why does your venue have to be? Why not your Grandmother’s back yard or a downtown pub? It is often the least expected places that turn out the most beautiful.
  7. Get your photographer’s input. Send me a quick email about the venue you are considering and I can help you decide, from a photographer’s perspective.
  8. Don’t forget your pre-bridal area. If you are getting ready at your mom’s house, make sure a) the house is clean and b) there are windows nearby. Windows are important because your photographer, hair and makeup artist will rely on the natural light to make you look your best. I suggest getting ready in the living room or kitchen. Alternatively, if you are getting ready in a hotel suite, make sure the beds are made and there is little clutter lying around.
  9. Get your photographers input when setting out a timeline for the day. Oh, and GIVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER A TIMELINE.
  10. Consider a first look. It gives you time prior to the ceremony to get the bridal party photos done and maybe even family photos leaving more time after the ceremony for photos of just the two of you

DON’T FORGET: Don’t forget the most important part of the day is to get married. At the end, it is all that will matter. Enjoy your day and enjoy each other.

Edmonton Wedding Photographer

This photo was taken right outside of the Croatian Soccer Club here in Edmonton. I am literally standing in the middle of the road in order to capture this. Turned out perfectly and it was a 2 minute walk from the ceremony location :)


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