Post # 1
I have been torn about the idea of an unplugged wedding but tonight stumbled across a wedding video where at least 30% of the guests had iphones and home video cameras out.
They were so focused on getting photos and filming that they were kind of missing the wedding! One guest was right up the front and in the way of the professional photographer/videographer during some really special moments (blissful groom shaking father of the bride’s hand after the ceremony).
I myself LOVE taking photos and wouldn’t be offended because I understand why a couple would chose to have an unplugged ceremony. What would your reaction be if you saw this sign on the way into the ceremony??
Post # 2
It wouldn’t offend me at all – we had a similar note in our programs, and I loved seeing our guest’s faces when I looked at them during the ceremony, and I like the photos taken of walking down the aisle because no one’s faces are hidden behind phones.
Post # 3
No, because they are respectfully asking that people consider…not, “hey, losers, turn off your cells!” 🙂
Post # 5
I love it, id love feedback of someone who has done it x
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2014 - Restaurant
I think it’s really wordy for what you are trying to say. Unplugged weddings are really common now and shouldn’t offend anyone, unless they are uptight to begin with. I would just say “Unplugged Wedding… Just sit back, relax and let the pro photographers take care of it. We will share pictures, promise!”
Post # 7
I personally wouldn’t care one way or another, but I’m not really one that takes a ton of phone pics anyways. I don’t think this is offensive in any way though.
Post # 8
springweddingbee: We had our officiant ask everyone to put their phones/cameras away during the ceremony and no one complained. Granted, we only had about 25 people at the wedding and ALL of them knew my opinion about that. I think asking guests to be respectful is not rude, especially if you are sharing photos.
The guests photos are never as good as the pros
Post # 9
springweddingbee: it’s really long and the whole amazing professional wedding photographer bit is a turn off.
The request to be unplugged is fine otherwise 🙂
Post # 10
This would not offend me. My desire to snap a blurry iPhone photo isn’t so great that I would get upset.
Post # 11
- Wedding: April 2012 - Chateau Briand
it is thoughtfully worded and is very respectful, I wouldn’t be offended in the least
Post # 12
It wouldn’t offend me, but I would think it was a little weird that you used so many words to say this. Also, I’m an adult and don’t need anyone to dictate me to whether to be present in any given moment. If I did have a reason to have my phone out (i.e. I traveled to attend your wedding and I’m discreetly texting the babysitter) I wouldn’t enjoy feeling like I’d need to sneak to do so. The reality is that you’d rather not have a bunch of phones and cameras in the way at your wedding. So…say that. I’d leave out the bit about “we want you to experience our wedding fully, because” it’s a little barfy, IMO.
That said, I completely understand where your coming from because the only part of my entire wedding that I didn’t enjoy was the fact that while we were still having our kiss, the best man yelled out “ok, everyone get out your iPhones” and everyone did. And to this day it still kinda pisses me off that I don’t have ONE photo of our first kiss which isn’t completely obstructed by this guy’s phone. In all honesty, I couldn’t care less whether or not he was “present” at the wedding. I just didn’t want his picture taking to be a distraction. And I’m a bit sorry that I didn’t realize I needed to say that up front.
Post # 13
I like your sign; I think it’s worded very politely.
Our officiant requested that everyone leave their phones and cameras off for the duration of the ceremony (the church’s rule, not ours), and most people followed by that. There were just 2 or 3 people who had their phones out, but at least in the photos everyone seems to be watching the ceremony!
Post # 14
I think this is fine and agree that people are just nuts about their pics and stuff. I definitely dont bother taking pics of cake cutting/first dance/big bride and groom moments cause that’s what the hired pro photographer is for. But I would stil lhave a camera and take pics of guests and all. I wouldn’t have done such a long winded blurb either though. I’d just do a simple sentence or have officant request it.
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
We are doing unplugged as well. I think it is a bit funny that people would be upset they can’t take photos with their cell phones. Do they actually think the quality is going to better than the professional ones? And then they will be ruining the actual photos and not paying attention to the ceremony.