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Bride and Groom Positions

Fred Fong , Aug 29, 2006; 10:10 a.m.

Where does the Groom stand in formal photos and family group shots? If you are looking directly at the photo, legend has it that the groom stands on the left because his sword is positioned on his left hip and when he needs to protect his bride, he will unshield his sword. That's the reason why he stands on the left. I have seen the bride oppose to that theory and she wanted the groom to stand on the right. Who's right and who's wrong and what's the story behind it all? I think is has to do with the culture and religion maybe? Any insight? Thanks.


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Arthur Yeo , Aug 29, 2006; 10:25 a.m.

Is your groom wearing a sword? :)

Brandon Hamilton , Aug 29, 2006; 11:57 a.m.

If it doesn't make a difference to the bride and groom, then it doesnt make a difference. Wherever he fits best within the particular group of people he will be posing with.

Ryan Buck , Aug 29, 2006; 01:43 p.m.

Well, the groom does traditionally stand on the left of the bride during the ceremony, so if there are no other considerations I tend to put the groom on my right as I'm shooting and when I do the entire wedding party, generally the ladies are on my left and the gentlemen are on my right.

Jaimie Blue - Asheville, NC , Aug 29, 2006; 02:32 p.m.

I tend to put the groom on the left and the bride on the right...I am in a rut. I have tried to switch it out but for some unkown and not any logical reason it does not look "right" to me. So back to groom/guys on left and bride/girls on right.

Kari Douma - Grand Rapids, Michigan , Aug 29, 2006; 02:53 p.m.

Funny.... I put the groom on the right (when I am facing them) and the bride on the left in the church. This is how they always are for the ceremony. Bride and bridesmaides on the left, and groom and groomsmen on the right. I think it has been this way at every ceremony that I have done. That is how I ALWAYS postition them for formals in the church.

But, outside I put the groom on the left a lot of the time.... hmmm... never thought about that before....

MaryBall Pierson , Aug 29, 2006; 04:07 p.m.

As I'm facing the couple.. I usually put the groom at the bride's left. That is if I see a problem with his boutineer. 90% of my couple shots are done like this...

The reason? Because I don't like the flower on his lapel to interfere when they start moving around for me.. If she's a little in front of him and shorter and/or if she leans into him - the flower will be sticking out behind her head and so on.

If I'm not seeing a problem with it..mostly when doing group shots.. It doesn't matter which side he's on but I so see that they often naturally take that position. I let people get together naturally and only move them around if they get in a straight line ;-). I hate straight lines..

David Schilling - Chicago, Illinois , Aug 29, 2006; 04:09 p.m.

For the formals, traditionally, the groom is on your right as you photograph them. This will put his boutonieer on the outside away from the bride. You can mix it up if you'd like...but traditionally speaking, this is the position.

Traditional position

Nadine Ohara - SF Bay Area/CA , Aug 29, 2006; 06:15 p.m.

Don't know the "real" reason but as you're looking at the photo, groom on the right of the bride is traditional, as David's photo. Some Jewish weddings are the opposite (in coordination with how they stand during the ceremony). And I don't know why gown designers, if they design an asymmetrical gown, put the design on the left side of the bride, where it is all hidden when she stands in the traditional spot next to the groom.

Merle White , Aug 29, 2006; 11:56 p.m.

I agree with David as this is the position that the minister will usually suggest and the wedding coordinator also.

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