(Closed) “No Photos Please” ceremony sign

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Worker bee

I dont want to be mean, but this seems like a little bit of a ridiculous request. If I were a guest and saw that I would think it was odd and be slightly turned off. People are going to want to take pictures during your ceremony and I think it may be a little rude to post a sign telling them not to. Also if you have a good photographer you shouldnt need to worry about guests getting in their way. I know this isnt what you wanted to hear but I needed to be honest.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I don’t know, it might not be a bad idea just to get a little word of mouth spreading of this info.  Just circulate that the flash messes up the photog’s pictures.. I’ve gotten that info at a couple of weddings, it didn’t seem to put anybody off.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

For our ceremony the only person allowed to take pictures is the photographer, as per the church’s rules.  Also, our photog. isn’t allowed to use his flash during the ceremony.  I also need to communicate the “no pictures please” but I’m not sure how.  I was thinking of a note in the beginning of the program, but I’m not sure how to word it without sounding mean.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Having a good photographer has nothing to do with whether or not guests will be in their way.  I think it’s really sad these days when I see guests whip out the camera phones and little tiny black friday sale point and shoots and focus and spend 5 minutes at a time to get a dark, blurry, barely recognizable image.  They miss what’s being said and done.

These days most churches do not allow flash and some because of it don’t allow pictures, period.  Sometimes, the priest or pastor can make the announcement themselves.  Some churches also will have a lector or the cantor stand to say “please turn off all audible cell phones and please refrain from taking images as we do not allow that in this church, etc….

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

The great thing about an announcement is that you don’t become the “bad guy.” 

 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I know there are some officiants that don’t allow flash photography at all during a ceremony, and others that limit it to the professional photographer, so I would not be upset at seeing such a sign.  The one thing to remember, though, is that the professional photographer cannot be everywhere and get every photo.  Ours produced some gorgeous photos.  However, we were still glad that we had the amateurs, as they got some photos that the professional did not.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I think making an announcement before the ceremony is a good thing.  If there is a sign…people might miss it (or say they missed it).

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I don’t think it’s off-putting at all for you to request no photography during the ceremony. IMO, the ceremony is a sacred time — whether it’s in a church or on the beach — and if you fear that time will become a bit of a circus with cameras going off (or, even as you  say, that they’ll simply make you nervous), then by all means.

I had a similar concern about cell phones, so we printed a simple request at the beginning of our program, and then our officiant also made a very quick announcement. I didn’t like having to make the point twice, but I would have been more annoyed if a phone went off during the ceremony.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Several years ago, a good friend of mine has the exact same desire and decided to put a note in her program about it (and she may have mentioned cell phones as well, I can’t remember).  It was the first time I had ever heard of the ‘no photography’ rule at weddings, but it seemed to work perfectly.  Everyone read the note and respected the couple’s wishes.  I think that a sign or a note in your program would be perfectly fine.  I would make sure that your sign wording is very gracious and appreciative (and I think the wording you wrote up is good!).

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club

A wedding ceremony is so emotionally loaded; I imagine that once you get up there with your fiancé everything else in the world will probably cease to exist. 🙂 I just can’t imagine anyone, at the very moment of saying your vows (your vows!) thinking, “Who is that with the cell phone camera?!”

I think people are annoying with their cameras too, but it’s just the way a lot of people experience the world these days. A sign will seem impersonal and yes, I think it will offend people (even though you might be right!). It’s a wedding, not the ballet.

As to your original question, “Is it rude?” I would say yes. In general, it’s considered rude to outright tell your guests what to do. However, you can “suggest” things. So I would put it on your wedding website or word-of-mouth or something (the program idea is good, too). I’m a photographer also, so I get what you’re saying, but the pros are experienced and know how to work around the “uncle Bobs” with their little camera phones.

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