Your wedding photos are sweet memories that you will never want to forget. So, you will never want to lose your photos. You will also want to have them forever and make as many copies as you want. However, when you choose your wedding photographer, you might find out you cannot do this.
Contact maybe five photographers
When choosing a wedding photographer you know you have to go to a meeting with maybe five photographers. At this meeting you will discuss different things about artistic vision, payment and the amount of time spent by the photographer at your wedding. However, there is a question that should not be missing from your discussion: “Do photographers own your wedding pictures?”
You might not like this answer. Because the answer to the question Do photographers own your wedding pictures? is YES, they do. This is a legal aspect that you need to consider when you meet with the photographer and that you need to specify in your contract. But if you are asking why this question has an affirmative answer, I can only reply that it has to do with the Copyright Law.
pictures of your wedding
As you know, any good that it is made by someone is protected by law. And so is an idea, for example, if it is original. However, the pictures of your wedding are taken by your photographer. This means s/he owns them and has the right to do with them what they want. Or almost. Still, even if photographers own your wedding pictures they should not make them public without your consent.
magazines or contests
If this is a question that bothers you, then when you meet the photographer to discuss the wedding details, you should ask them if photographers own your wedding pictures. It may be that they will say you can only have the album and they would like to use your pictures for their own advertisements or for magazines or contests. If you agree, they will be able to use them. If not, they should not.
I know this might not be quite the answer you expected to this question, but this is how it goes and this is just another legal aspect of your wedding. However, if you deal with it nicely and correctly, there should be nothing to bother you about it.