How to Phrase Unplugged Ceremony With Partially Unplugged Reception?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Is My Current Wording Satisfactory?
    Yes. What You Currently Have Written Completely Gets The Point Across. : (4 votes)
    29 %
    Sorta. But I Wouldn't Be Surprised If The Vagueness of Your Request Is Misunderstood By Guests. : (3 votes)
    21 %
    Nope. You Need To Rethink The Wording Otherwise You'll Have No Pictures From Guests At All Or Tons. : (4 votes)
    29 %
    It'll Work Out As Long As You Make An Annoucement At The Reception Once The Photographer Has Left. : (3 votes)
    21 %
    I Like The Revised Wording You Posted Later In The Thread : (0 votes)
  • Post # 5
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @Kat:  i would have the DJ/MC say it over the speakers saying like “to purely capture  the moment the bride/groom would appreciate not having any flash cameras/video ect”…then maybe later on in the night have the DJ get out and say something along the lines of lets see friends and family photos sent to this instagram(or whatever) so they are then informed of the change in photo taking…

    Post # 7
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    How about making it a bit more specific – ‘please no photos until after the first dance’ (or whatever the relevant point in your programme is). 

     

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @Kat:  “Please refrain from personal photography during our ceremony and first portion of the reception. Picture-taking is welcome and encouraged upon announcement by our Best Man after speeches/cake cutting/Etc. during the reception.”

    You might even have a small sign placed at the entrance to your ceremony in this regard in addition to having the officiant say something about it. I don’t think you need to explain anything further to people. It is clear it is a special event and that you’d like to preserve the memory of it in a certain way.

    Post # 11
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We just got our pro shots back, and honestly, didn’t have any problem with other’s cameras in photos. And our photographer took a lot of candids. As a guest, I always love to take a few personal shots for myself, and after my wedding, I loved seeing all the guest’s photos straight after. Your photographer can’t be everywhere at once, your guests may actually capture things they miss!

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee

    @Kat:  the challenge here is that people like to take pics of themselves with friends and family at the reception. I think asking for no pics at the ceremony is fine, but let it slide for the reception. 

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @Kat:  Yes, I think that’d be a little clunky as then everyone would need to figure out who the professional photographer is and now they have to work to keep an eye out for her before they take a photo. Instead, have a designated person announce the time to take photos during the reception, that way your guests don’t have to worry about hunting her down themselves.

     

    Post # 16
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Another bride on the bee advised this was her note on an “unplugged” ceremony: We’ve hired an amazing photographer who will be capturing the way the wedding looks — and we invite you to sit back, relax, and just enjoy how the wedding feels. We want to be able to see your lovely faces when we look out into the congregation, and we respectfully ask that everyone please consider leaving all cameras and phones off during the ceremony. Of course we will be happy to share our professional photos with you afterward! Her name was philodendron.

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