Post # 1
I am highly considering having an unplugged ceremony for many reasons. My main reason is want people to be present in the moment. The idea of walking down an aisle and just seeing cameras/cell phones really saddens me. We hired 2 photographers for the wedding so that we could get traditional pictures and photojournalistic pictures. With 2 photographers I feel that undoubtedly, people trying to take their own pictures will interrupt the professional photographer’s shots.
The officiant is going to announce the no cellphones/no camera preference at the beginning of the photog’s. The photographers will be letting people (if they see cameras out), there will be a blurb in the wedding program and on a small sign on the table with the wedding programs, ribbon wands , etc. I think its over kill, but the officiant said people need several cues to take it seriously.
The officiant also said he will announce no phones/cameras at the beginning and then at the end he will state cameras are now welcome, and asks the bride and groom to kiss once more for their guests before they walk down the aisle together. He said he has done it many times before and it always goes over well.
Opinions/advice? Anyone doing the same
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@SparkleBee11: Yes, I’d go with that recommendation. We had a sign (on our version of our “program”, see below) and also had the officiant make an announcement. I definitely wouldn’t trust people to read the program and/or small sign… I know a lot of people didn’t read our blurb!
Our officiant said before we begin, the bride and groom would like to respectfully request that you keep your cameras and phones off during the ceremony. They have arranged some excellent photographers to capture this part of the day, and they’ll happily share all the pictures with anyone who is interested. So for now, please just sit back and enjoy the next few minutes.
We set up a photo sharing site, uploaded many of our professional photos, and emailed the link to everyone so people really could have photos of the ceremony if they wanted.
Post # 4
We are doing the exact same thing. Our officiant will announce that at the beginning of the ceremony (before anyone walks in) and it’s also in the programs. I don’t want people to miss a clue somewhere so the more the better!!
Post # 5
We did this. We had info on our website and also had the first speaker announce it before the processional. We still had a few “rebels” but almost everyone complied.