Mike and I have been really busy over the last few weeks photographing weddings, setting up photobooths, editing the photos, supplying newly weds with photos and scouting out venues.
Checking out venues before a wedding is incredibly important for several reasons.
Know where we're going
It’s the best way to know exactly where everything is. We’ve done scouting before and realised there’s two churches with the same name within 2 miles of each other, if we didn’t know this before we could easily end up at the wrong place!
Get the best backdrops for photos
We’ll often take several photos of the bride and groom around the ceremony venue and then move onto group shots if time permits it, so knowing the best places to take photos is key to keeping things moving at a steady pace.
It also gives you the time to really look around and find hidden gems you wouldn’t normally find if your first time seeing the venue is on the day.
Plan for the day
We already know when we’re expected to arrive at each venue on the day but by driving to each venue we have a better idea of time it takes to get to each location, is there parking at the venue or do we need to find a car park, side entrances and exits, where we should position for the ceremony and speeches etc.
A great example of the benefits of scouting out locations is a wedding we shot a couple of weeks ago…
We went to go see a church a couple of weeks back for an upcoming wedding. We checked around the church and to some test shots, checked for side entrances, what the lighting was like and where to take group shots outside.
Then we checked around the outside of the church grounds where we found a spot between the trees which had a great view of the church in the background:
Knowing about this potential great image meant on the day we could quickly take the bride and groom here for a quick photo, rather than guessing where might be best for photos. This resulted in the following image: