To finish off this patriotic week, let’s talk about landmarks for a moment.
Here in New England, especially around Boston, you can’t spit without hitting some kind of historic site (not that we’re recommending spitting during your wedding, but that’s your prerogative. Hopefully you already taste-tested the champagne). Wouldn’t it be nice, many people think, to get our formal photos taken at one of these landmarks — say, the USS Constitution?
Sure! Having formal photos taken at well-known places is a great, fun idea — it’s a relatively unique location for that purpose, it adds your life into the historic timeline of that place, and you can be sure the visiting tourists are going to love it. If you have a strong connection to your city, or even a specific site in that city, taking photos there is a wonderful way to express that.
BUT. There’s a reason these places are well-known, and as we all know from reading celebrity gossip, a high-profile existence necessitates some kind of security presence. Will Smith probably never leaves his house without security guards, and the same goes for the nation’s oldest warships, or internationally-renowned museums, monuments, or whatever else serves the historic purpose in your personal town or city. So don’t be surprised when you show up and have to go through the same security process as everyone else. Yes, weddings do tend to inspire a lot of special treatment from the general public, but security guards are there to do their job, even if they’re going to admire your floral arrangement from afar later. Even if you’re all decked out in your formalwear, with an entire bridal party in tow, they’re still going to give you the standard patdown — though they might be a little more cautious than usual with your extra-special clothing.
By all means, schedule your formal photos for that one special place, but just make sure your gown can fit through the metal detector.