This happens more than we mention, but it seems to be a growing error during wedding ceremonies.
The officiant fails to tell people they can sit down after the bride arrives at the alter or after the opening prayer. Then everyone stands up for the next 20 minutes while the photographers and videographers scramble to get some kind of decent shot for the soon to be newlyweds.
This is horribly problematic in more ways than you think:
1-Your guests at the back who are short for their height won’t be able to see.
2-Your DJ won’t be able to see when the music should start/stop for a guest vocalist or Unity Candle moment.
3-You pay for really nice chairs that your guests barely use.
4-Your photographer will have to stand halfway up the center aisle to get any decent shots of your vows unless they have a really expensive zoom lens.
5-Your videographer’s footage will have the photographer mostly between their camera and the alter.
6-You won’t get any wide angle pics of your bridal party flanking you at the alter.
What really takes the cake(pun intended), is that the majority of officiants have a manuscript they read from. So, is the solution as simple as asking them to have “You may be seated” in the manuscript?
Let’s hope so.