Wedding Tip Wednesday: Questions for the Church

St. Aloysius Cincinnati

St. Aloysius Church in Cincinnati is the perfect place for a ceremony in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Here in the Cincinnati area, we are blessed with so many beautiful churches. Go just about anywhere around town and you will find churches with great architecture and history. Back in the day, when I was planning my wedding, I had to look for a church. My home church was not big enough for my guest list so I had to start a search. When looking for your church there are a few things to consider. Some of the answers to these questions may impact the photos that we are allowed to capture of you on that day. (For instance, if we are only allowed in the back it is a lot harder to capture those super tight close-up photos of the exchange of rings.) It also helps in planning your timeline for the day.

Is there a place that we can get dressed – a parlor or library somewhere that would be a good background for photos is ideal. Available light from a window is best for more natural lit photos.

How early may we be in the church (will there be another wedding that day or a church service before our ceremony)? If it rains can we arrive early?

When will my rehearsal be scheduled for, what days and times do you have other weddings and rehearsals?

How long after the service will we have for formal portraits?

Do you allow a receiving line? (Some churches surprisingly do not allow these as they have multiple weddings and mass on a Saturday.)

What are your rules for photographers and videographers? Where are they allowed to be during the service?

About how long will my ceremony be?

What are the rules about decorating the church?

Many churches are very relaxed and have only a few simple rules. Other churches have timelines that need to be kept so as not to interfere with the other weddings going on that day.

Want to bring your own pastor? There are a few locations like The Chapel at St. Aloysius that welcome couples from all different faiths and are a non-denominational option.

If you have any questions about churches that we have photographed in, please do not hesitate to contact us! Happy church venue scouting!


With light that streams in through St. Teresa of Avila’s windows this church is perfect for a wedding!

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