(Closed) Tip from a wedding photographer: TAKE BACK YOUR CEREMONY!

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yep. This is why we banned them in our ceremony and I’m pretty sure I didn’t see a camera out.

My number one reason was that I wanted to see happy, smiling faces as I walked down the aisle, not cameras!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

Thanks for linking the OBB post, and sharing a photographer’s perspective.  I hadn’t really thought about this until now, but I think I will definitely either make an announcement or put something in our programs for the ceremony… I know so many friends of my parents AND my parents would be all over the ipad photos!!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

They are so obnoxious, it would be one thing if people snapped one or two photos. I walked down the aisle at several weddings as a bm and there nothing worse then going down and seeing peoples face blocked by phones and whatnot. The ipads are just rude. Seriously leave it at home. I plan on having a tech free ceremony also, we plan on leaving some time after the ceremony for guest to take their pictures.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

OH wow, Thanks! I had not thought about this at all. I am going to make sure this happens at my wedding!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I seriously don’t get ipad photos!! What gives? Who wants to bring this huge brick to take a picture?

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’ve seen people taking photo/video with iPads at PLAYS and MUSICALS. Seriously? What is wrong with people? So glad they weren’t as prevalent when I got married a couple of years ago!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m surprised I never thought of this…. great advice!! Thank you so much! 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

iPad photos?!  Good lord, what happened to regular old fashioned cameras!  

Great post, thank you for sharing.  I’m going to figure out a way to work in this request for our ceremony now.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Lol, but another reason I am sooo happy to be Eloping…

Realize that it isn’t for everyone… (and honestly, I did do the BIG White Family Wedding the first time)… BUT the benefits of not having what appears to be endless planning headaches and Day Of Heart-aches does have its perks.

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Love it!.. thanks for the tip (something I would have never thought of)

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I agree. I was lucky enough to not have this problem. Yes my family was able to take pictures, but having an out door ceremony they were able to stand at the back of the aisle or off to the side. BUT 1 problem I have seen at recent weddings is the photographer completly interfering with the ceremony. Yes, I know they want to take some awesome pictures and are just doing their job, but seriously the photographer was in the middle of the aisle the whole time. One even proceeded to walk backwards down the aisle in front of my cousin (bride) and uncle and snapped away right in their face and during the ceremony he stood, no lie, about 2 feet in front of them the whole time.  He blocked almost the whole ceremony and to say the least my family was P.O. espicially my aunt. Later my cousin was upset because she said she could barely see her DH while walking down the aisle and her mom actually had to move her seat to see her daughter recite her vows. And this was no cheap-o or amateur photographer, he came with good reviews and recommendations and yes in the end the pictures were gorgeous.  Remember to talk about all aspects and shots and how they typically shoot with your photographer before your wedding. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yes! We were already going to have an unplugged ceremony but what happened at a friend’s wedding recently cemented my decision. Two guests got up and walked up to the front of the church to take photos (the raised section where the priest was standing). Then one of them proceeded to take photos of the entire thing from behind the podium and various spots on the ‘stage’ area. So incredibly distracting and I’m sure he’s in the background of many of the ceremony photos taken by the professional photographer.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Do you know what bugs me? When an officiant asks the guests to turn their cell phones off (or at least on vibrate in a bag so if it rang then at least no one would hear it) and during a ceremony, a cell phone still goes off loudly! I would say that a bride should post a sign so it’s very clear up front (perhaps not everyone will flip through the programs or take that seriously) and then have the officiant announce it again so that the people who just kind of ignored the sign realize that the couple is serious about not photographing the ceremony. I say this just because people usually ignore the officiant when he says, turn off your cell phone, so perhaps reminding people twice will actually nudge them into action. 

Thank you for this perspective from the photographer. It sheds a lot of light. 

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