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Your wedding and social media sharing.

Updated: Sep 7, 2023

Image via Lisa Jane Photo

Image sharing is a common practice amongst wedding suppliers and wedding guests alike. Let's be honest, social media has taken over the world. This doesn't sit right with some couples, and that's completely understandable. To ease your mind about image sharing, here are a few key points to consider when working with wedding photographers, wedding planners, and other vendors:

1. Contractual agreements with your wedding suppliers regarding image sharing:

When hiring a wedding photographer, a wedding planner, and other vendors, it's crucial to have a clear contract that outlines the couple's rights and expectations regarding privacy. The contract should address how the photos will be used, whether the photographer, planner, and other suppliers can publish or share them publicly, and any restrictions on the use of the photos.

2. Communication with the wedding photographer, wedding planner, and other wedding suppliers:

Before the wedding, have a detailed discussion with your photographer and planner about your privacy concerns. Clearly express your expectations regarding the use and dissemination of the photos. If you have specific requests, such as not having certain images shared on social media or being published in any form, make sure to communicate them clearly. This should be covered in the contract with your signature as a legal requirement.

3. Consent for public sharing of your wedding images:

If you are comfortable with your wedding photos being shared publicly, it is still a good practice for the photographer to seek your consent before publishing or sharing them. This ensures that you have control over which images are made available to the public.

4. Watermarking or copyright protection of your wedding images:

If privacy is a major concern for you, discuss with your photographer the option of adding watermarks or copyright protection to the images. This can help prevent the unauthorized use or distribution of your photos.

5. Discussing wedding vendor policies:

In addition to the photographer, other wedding vendors such as videographers or wedding planners may also have access to your wedding photos. Before hiring them, inquire about their policies regarding the privacy and use of the images to ensure that they align with your expectations.

6. Online galleries and sharing platforms:

If your photographer uses online galleries or sharing platforms to deliver wedding photos, inquire about the security measures in place. Ask about password protection or other methods used to ensure that only authorized individuals can access the images.

7. Social media sharing and your right to privacy:

If you want to maintain privacy, you can request that your suppliers and guests refrain from sharing your wedding photos on social media without your permission. Please make this request clear in your wedding invitations, and programs, or by communicating it directly to your guests.

Remember, your wedding photos capture precious moments and memories, and it's important to protect your privacy and ensure your wishes are respected. Open and honest communication with your photographer, wedding planner, and other vendors is key to establishing clear expectations and safeguarding your privacy rights if you wish to do so.

8. Behind-the-scenes images and videos shared on social media

Behind-the-scenes photos and videos taken by mobile phones are usually allowed if the suppliers won't get to use the official photographer's images as it is the only way that they can show their work. This is the only way of marketing their small businesses and showing the amazing setups they have worked hard on. To protect your privacy, non of the wedding guests will be featured in these images or videos, and the couple will not be named.

In some cases, a wedding planner or stylist will ask permission to bring their own photographer to take detailed shots of their setup, if they won't get to use official wedding images. It is up to the couple to allow this. Again, clear guidelines should be followed in this instance and a written agreement should be made.

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