You will have
to plan a slightly different shooting schedule for a registry
office wedding. I have shot a number of weddings at a very busy
city centre registry office. There can be as many as five or
six weddings taking place at the same time!
problems with guest shots, you will normally need to arrange to
shoot the guests after the wedding as it is not practical to
stop every guest who is arriving at the building to enquire
which wedding they are attending.
offices allocate a given time to the Bride and Groom for the
use of the building, for example the wedding ceremony takes
approximately fifteen minutes but it is not unusual for the
couple to have the use of the building for thirty minutes. This
will allow you to take some shots inside.
registry offices are as busy; you must however check these
details with the registrar prior to the wedding. It will often
be the case that you do not have the opportunity to photograph
during the service.
The Bride and
Groom normally enter the room together, and there are not
usually as many guests as there would be at a Church wedding.
Having said this, I am not suggesting that you must make
dramatic changes to the service provided however the packages
chosen for this type of wedding are often, although not always,
choose the registry office for financial reasons and for that
same reason their choice of reception can be somewhere that
does not lend itself to good photo opportunities.
If this proves
to be the case I would suggest, as with church weddings, the
use of a local park or beauty spot for the
enquire whether the couples intend at some future date to have
a religious blessing. If this is the case you should offer to
attend, providing a supplement to their registry office