Post # 1
I want to put a line or two in our programs asking our guests to refrain from using their camera flashes and to stay out of the center aisle during the ceremony. Our church is on the smaller side with only a center aisle and the two exit aisles on the other side. I am worried about guests blocking our photographers view or movement or their flashes washing out the pro photos.
I’m not crazy about draping something along the pews in the center aisle to keep them out. I also don’t want to tell them no photos at all since I enjoy taking photos at wedding ceremonies. I am not sure how to word this. How does this sound:
Because of limited space in the church we ask that our guests refrain from using flash photography and moving into the center aisle to take photos during the ceremony. This will allow our photographers the freedom to move around the church and capture this special time in our lives.
Any suggestions are appreciated.
Post # 3
@BulldogBride: Consider having the priest/officiant make an announcement.
Post # 4
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@BulldogBride: What about putting an unplugged wedding sign near your guest book? or entry?
Post # 5
Just make your minister the bad guy. They normally don’t mind at all.
Post # 6
I think that line in your programs is perfectly acceptable!
Post # 7
I would drape the inner asile as a precaution and have a note about refraining from flash photography in the program. You could make a cute little sign at the entrance as well.
Post # 8
@BulldogBride: I am putting a line at the end of our program that says “Please refrain from using flash photography or leaving your seat to take photos.” Simple and blunt.
Post # 9
I had the DJ make an announcemnt.. no one listened.. my picture of my dad walking me down the aisle is ruined bc of a friend and her obnoxious pink phone taking a picture.. all i could think when iw as walking down the aisle was how may phones i saw… /ughhhhh
Post # 10
@BulldogBride: My photographer is requiring us to have a cutesy chalkboard sign that says “please leave your camera and cell phone under your chair until the reception” or something along those lines, because her biggest pet peeve is sending me a picture of me walking down the aisle and all of our guests’ faces are hiding behind their camera phones. The photographer is getting paid to get these shots. They can see them on FB later. It’s not like your guests are going to print out their pictures and put them up on the wall or anything, so they can wait until the pro pics come back.
Post # 11
I agree with PPs. I was recently at a wedding where the photographer came in and made the request directly to the attendees, and not a single phone or camera came out at all during the ceremony. It was lovely, and so wonderful not to see the ceremony taken over by technology, and to see people actually being more “there.”
I’m going to be making a similar request, both with an invitation enclosure, on the wedding website, on the program, and via the photographer/officiant. Call it my one “birdezilla” thing. lol
Post # 12
I would have the priest make the announcement and also put at the bottom of your program “Please respect the rules of the church and refrain from flash photography or entering into the isle during the ceremony”.
Post # 13
Priests make announcements all the time about photography, sometimes whether the couple asks them to or not. I’ve had some priests be very strict about it.
Post # 14
@continuumphotography: that’s putting it nicely 😛
Post # 15
I think this is an acceptable request, but if your family is ANYTHING like my family, they won’t listen.
Post # 16
@Kandiss16: I think if I see a phone aimed at me, I’ll stop walking mid-aisle. Seriously. After reading your post, I might send out emails to all the guests or include it on the invitation.