(Closed) Is this enough to keep people from taking pictures?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1405 posts
Bumble bee

@SimplyChic11: Just have the pastor say no flash photography during the ceremony.  Some people don’t know how to turn the flash off, so this may not eliminate it.  Other’s will struggle to get a shot without the flash with no success.  What is the big deal though?

Post # 4
6826 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@SimplyChic11:  For our wedding we had it on the back of the program no flash photography and had the pastor mention it before he started the ceremony also.

Post # 5
7609 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I plan to let people take whatever pictures they want during mine, but if I went to a wedding and was asked not to take pictures, I certainly wouldn’t take any.

On a side note, when I have gone to weddings where photography was welcomed/allowed, the only pictures I ever took were of the bride walking down and up the aisle.  I’d never take any during the actual ceremony.

Post # 6
3982 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Honestly, you wont notice a single flash… apparently there was a guest in the front row snapping pictures with flash the entire wedding and I didn’t even notice she existed! But, if you are still concered about it, then your plan should be fine. In the end there is no way to 100% prevent people from doing so… the best thing may be to ask that all flash is turned off since that seems to be your real concern. Not the people taking pictures.

Post # 7
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I didn’t notice anything either, and I ended up with lots of fantastic pics from my guests.

Post # 8
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Mrs Hedgehog: This. I spent so much time stressing out over not wanting anyone’s camera out during the ceremony, and I was so nervous and caught up in the moment that I never even noticed people taking pictures.

Post # 10
394 posts
Helper bee

The easel doesnt really work, unfortunately. I just shot a wedding in november and they really wanted no one to take photos during the ceremony – they wanted their guests to enjoy the ceremony. And more so, they did not want all of their pro photos to show guests constantly taking pictures.

No one acknowledged the easel. There were several people just shooting away – with flash (which I was told not to use by the church to preserve the sanctity of the ceremony). So If you use the easel approach make sure its done in a way that they HAVE to read it…. 

Needless to say the couple was unhappy and the church was pissed off after the ceremony.


Post # 11
2195 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@Mrs Hedgehog: I agree.

Whenever I’m a guest, I can’t stand people snapping pictures the whole time–I find it very annoying. However, when you’re standing up there, you don’t see anything. There are TONS of guest pics of our ceremony, but I don’t remember even seeing our photographer!

Post # 12
1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I thought about having no photography during the ceremony, but then I saw pictures from a wedding that I recently went to. Her guests took FANTASTIC pictues and now she has even more to add to her collection. Some of her guests got better shots than the photog!

Post # 13
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I am in the same boat as Legallyblondie – While my phtog got great pics, there were a couple of gems in the friend’s pictures.  I am happy I have those gems.

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