There are some things which you may want to take notice of when it comes to actual day wedding ceremonies when it comes to couples in Singapore. If you’re a photographer, take notice about the following.
Couples in Singapore will first start off by the groom going to the bride’s house. Keep in mind, usually the photographer will however not be following the groom travelling over to the bride’s house. The photographer would usually start off his actual day wedding photography stint by starting off at the bride’s house and photographing her having her make up being put on.
Soon, the groom will be arriving with his entourage for the day, usually by a chauffeured car, and you would then need to get out of the bride’s house to take photographs of the groom arriving to meet his lady. Of course, with all these hoo hah, there will be ‘games’ soon after (most couples have this, but not all). These ‘games’ are actually just nonsense games where the bride’s friends will make the groom and his friends go through before the groom can actually meet the bride. This is usually the fun time for a wedding photographer and you would simply need to capture photos of them having fun. ‘Fun’.
After all these, it is time for the couple to have the tea party with the bride’s parents. You would need to take photographs of this ‘official’ tea party. It’s considered a more serious time.
Then, you would be travelling off with the couple to the groom’s parent’s house. Take note that you need to ensure that you have a space in their entourage of cars. Usually, you would be given a seat in the bride and groom’s car as you would be photographing them in the car as well. If you’re an assistant actual day photographer however, then you may be sitting in another car instead.
Once again, the same tea party will take place at the groom’s parents’ house. There is nothing very special you need to take note of here.
Usually at this point, it would be 2pm to 3pm in the afternoon, and you would be having your lunch break and/or tea break, and you would also have some free time. Some photographers make full use of this time to edit their photographs – at least those important ones, as some couples may request that you show them during their dinner banquet.
Finally, it’s time for the dinner banquet – most Chinese couples in Singapore have this. It is the grand ‘official’ ceremony of the couple getting married and entertaining friends and family. Take notice that although some couples may invite a lot of people, most couples prefer more photographs of only a few key people – e.g. parents, parents-in-law as well as closest friends. So before you go ahead and snap pictures of everyone, keep this in mind. If you’re not sure who the couple wants more photographs of, make sure to ask them before hand (not during as it could be awkward). This is something that some amateur or first time wedding photographers may not know. So do take note of this.
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