(Closed) A "no photography during ceremony" sign? (poll)

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Is it rude to have a "no cameras/cellphones during ceremony" sign of some sort?

    Yes, I would find that somewhat rude/bossy

    Heck no it's not rude, its your wedding!! You dont want them to ruin/get in way of proffesional!

    I wouldnt follow the rule. I want to take my own pictures!!

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    Helper bee

    As a guest, it wouldn’t bother me at all to see a sign like that.

    Post # 3
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    Busy bee

    A sign can be ignored almost too easily– could you maybe ask your officiant to ask people to please not take photos during the ceremony?

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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

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    macijo :  I don’t think a sign is necessary because adults should know not to interfere with the photographer, maybe just do it by word of mouth.

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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

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    concordbee :  This. Some will either overlook or ignore the sign but its hard to ignore an officiant. We plan on doing both. I’m not trying to police anyone but we’re not ok with others snapping and likely posting on social media random, unapproved photos from our ceremony. If they want we’ll gladly send copies of professional photos we select. I think its rude when people completely can’t respect couples wishes for stuff like this. Here’s a sign I like.

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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

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    macijo :  no it’s not rude! I will tell you this though: follow up that no camera/photo rule with an announcement from your officiant, if you’re really serious about it. We went to  a friend’s wedding a couple of months ago and they had a sign, and there were still people doing it. I was so mad, for them.

    Even at our wedding, we had the sign and people still did it. So have an announcement made too, and if you’re really trying to make it serious you could have your day-of planner quietly address anyone with a phone/camera out, and ask them to leave if they continue. Again, that’s if you’re really wanting to make a point. Haha.

    I think it’s far ruder (more rude?) of the guests to go against your stated wishes and/or block your photographer than it would be for you to ask them not to.

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    Honey Beekeeper

    I think you would be on solid etiquette ground there, but I also think it’s more effective and possibly a little more casual and less formal than a sign, to have the officiant make an announcement. 

    Either way, it’s possible you’ll have a few who missed the memo, so to speak. People around them may remind them, or worst case scenario, it will be a few exceptions rather than the rule. 

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    Busy bee

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    macijo :  It’s your wedding and your very expensive photos that could end up ruined. If the reception is supposed to be about the guests, the ceremony is supposed to be about you and your fiance, so the guests can respect this one rule and tough it out for 20 minutes without their phones! I wouldn’t worry about offending anyone here.

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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    We aren’t posting a sign but we are having the officiant tell everyone to silence their phones and to not take any photos or video. A friendly verbal reminder from an impartial 3rd party seems less aggressive than having a sign. We also have a note about it on our website, which was something the officiant suggested. 🙂

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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

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    macijo :  Reception is a free for all with us. Snap til your hearts content. Ceremony is NOT! Definitely don’t assume all your guests, family included, will know better. Most probably will but a couple may do it anyway. Then there are those who have the, “Its my phone/camera I’ll do what I want.”, attitude which is fine until it interferes with others wishes at an event they’re attending as a guest. A polite sign plus an announcement leaves no room for miscommunication.

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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

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    macijo :  A note on the program, and a brief message from the officiant might be more effective.

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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We put a little note in our program and no one seemed to mind – we actually just asked that photos of the ceremony not be placed on social media. It’s amazing how many people didn’t try to take photos if they couldn’t post them online!

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