Research shows newlyweds are photographed every six seconds on wedding day

20 Apr 2017

New research by online smartphone retailer mobiles.co.uk has revealed that newlyweds should expect to be photographed every six seconds on their wedding day

It’s one of the biggest decisions for brides- and grooms-to-be to face whilst wedding planning: whether to hire a professional photographer or leave the photo-taking to friends, families, and guests. 

According to new research by online smartphone retailer mobiles.co.uk, more than three quarters (77%) of guests take smartphone photos at a wedding, snapping an average of 28 photographs each. Despite this, 35% of engaged couples plan to employ a photographer for the entire day, typically at a cost of more than £1,000.

Alex Blakelock and her fiancé Paul Zalecki are getting married in Leeds in 2018. They said: "We're getting married early next year and have just started looking into photographers. We'll definitely have one at the ceremony, and at the reception, but knowing that we will also have lots of friends there to take photos on their phones does take the pressure off.

“We'll definitely set up an app for people to share their photos of the day, as we think they'll be in the thick of it and able to catch us at our most relaxed. We’re happy for guests to share photos on social media – we think it shows that they're having a good time and would probably be a bit offended if they didn't!"

According to the research, which polled 1,015 recently married or engaged couples and 1,015 recent wedding guests, a bride and groom can expect to be photographed every six seconds during their wedding by both guests and professional photographers. On average, they are photographed more than 3,000 times throughout the day.

Christian and Megan Dente got married in 2015 in Scarborough. They said: “We didn’t want to scrimp on our wedding photography, because capturing the day, mood, and people in the right way was really important to us. However, we understood that our photographer was only one man, and couldn’t be everyone at once, which is why we gave our guests a hashtag to upload photos to social media.

“The day after the wedding, we were inundated with social media notifications, with our friends and family capturing some brilliant moments we didn’t get to see, and we were really surprised with the quality of photographs. From my best man wearing my grandma’s hat, to a failed human pyramid and a really special shot of our first dance, without our friends’ and family’s photography we’d have missed out on those special moments.”

Based on the research and anecdotes from participants, it seems that a healthy combination of both professional and amateur photography is the best solution. “Knowing you’ll have a thorough record of the day thanks to friends and family is sure to ease pressure on your photographer, and ensure you can look back and reminisce for years,” concluded Andrew Cartledge, Mobile Expert at mobiles.co.uk.