How to ask for a technology-free wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hmmm. I like your thinking, and it’s totally possible…indoors. Being outside kind of gives free roam 

Post # 4
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@FutureMrsHallam:  My friend had her officiant say a short blurb before the ceremony started.  Some people still didn’t listen though so be prepared for that and just roll with it.  People nowadays have a hard time just being in the moment without capturing it.  I’m planning on having my officiant do the same and maybe having a little sign posted too as a reminder. 

Post # 5
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Two weddings we attended this year (one outdoors with approx. 80 guests), they did this. They just had the celebrant give a quick “no pictures during the ceremony please, the professionals will take care of it”. And as far as I could tell everyone complied.

I was a little worried about this for ours, but we didn’t have anything said because our wedding was very small (25 people). Some guests were taking photos during the ceremony, and it didn’t end up bothering me at all, like I thought it would.


Post # 7
1102 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@FutureMrsHallam:  i would just let ppl know on ur website or just tell ppl no photos for the vows bc u dont wanan take awya form the group images also you dont wnt themtohave a moment lost truing to catch the moment 

Post # 8
403 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@FutureMrsHallam:  are you saying you don’t want anyone to use the own camera for the whole day or just the ceremony? For the ceremony I think that is fair enough and a simple announcement from the officiant would be a good way to do this like others have suggested. For the whole wedding I think it would be a bit pretentious to say no cameras/phones, and you’ll miss out on some great shots.

Post # 10
381 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I wanted this too, and I had my officiant make an announcement at the beginning. I had ONE person in the back snap a picture, but none of my professional photos were ruined, in fact, I love that I have all these pictures of my audience without cameras, crying or laughing at the ceremony. So that’s what I would go with!

Post # 11
6194 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I put a note in our programs: 

We want all of our guests to be able to really enjoy our wedding day, feeling truly present and in the moment with us. We’ve hired an amazing wedding photographer who will be capturing the way the wedding looks and we’re inviting each of you to sit back, relax, and just enjoy how the wedding feels. We’re respectfully asking that everyone consider leaving all cameras and cell phones off, at least during the ceremony.

Post # 12
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I love this idea! on top of risking my guests getting in the way of the photographer, we are having a candlit ceremony, so they would have a hard time getting a good shoot anyway…

Post # 13
2878 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We had our pastor make a quick announcement before everyone walked down the aisle.  Nobody took photos. 

I considered doing a sign at the entrance, but I figured people wouldn’t read it.  Some people put a sentence in their programs, but we didn’t have programs.

That being said, I kinda regret it because I feel like we could have gotten some nice photos from the guests’ point of view, and seen them before we got the professional ones back.  I didn’t notice the guests at ALL during the ceremony, so wouldn’t have noticed, and my photographers didn’t take any pics of the guests during the actual ceremony, so that wouldn’t have been affected.  Ah well.

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