(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!!

  • Post # 31
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

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    TheSpecial :  If no one cares then it shouldn’t be a problem to refrain from taking photos during the ceremony. Is it really that hard to actually pay attention to whats happening during this special moment without picking up the stupid phone? I’m not the Queen but I believe in common courtesy. If I attend an event where certain requests are politely made I’m not going to be the a**hole that disregards them bc I don’t agree. 

    Post # 32
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

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    lola5 :  Phones didnt ruin the first picture – the lighting did. Which a good photographer would be able to compensate for. So maybe that person just sucks?

    The second is rude – but only because this person is in the aisle.

    I think it’s rude to tell guests how to act/behave, and if you read some of the photography horror stores on here (photog looses pics, photog sucks and pics are terrible, photog misses key moments) and the people who are heartbroken the most are the ones who had unplugged ceremonies and have 0 pictures of that. At least the rest of people who didn’t dictate guest behaviour have SOME photos of themselves. I think it’s fine to ask people to stay seated/out of the aisle for photos, but I wouldn’t tell someone they specifically couldn’t take pictures.

    Post # 33
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2016

    Fwiw I had one. My cousins and uncle ignored it, though everyone else paid attention.

    Post # 34
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I find it super rude that some people think having a quick picture to remember the day by is more important than the wedding pictures YOU paid thousands for and will want to keep forever. They can like the professional pictures I post to Facebook, or ask me for copies. 

    I was at a wedding last summer where 80% of the female guests under the age of 60 (and some of the guys) were trying to snap a picture when the bride walked down the aisle. Some were leaning far enough out into the aisle that the groom couldn’t even see her! I was so upset for them. If you want to take a picture with/of the bride, do it during the reception. 

    We’ll be displaying a sign and having an announcement made before the ceremony. Luckily we have a balcony that overlooks the ceremony site, so we’ll be inviting anyone who feels they HAVE to take pictures to observe from there- away from my photographers. 

    Post # 35
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: January 2018

    Put up a sign! Everyone may not follow it but it will prevent some of the photos / more outlandish people from getting up or raising their cellphones in the air. I think having an “un-plugged” ceremony is becoming more common now – no one would think it rude to ask ppl to keep their phones away.

    Post # 35
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

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    macijo :  I am making my own programs (fans). I am putting a note on them that explains we don’t want phones during the ceremony. I hope everybody will read it. However, if someone gets their phone out we aren’t going to do anything about it. I mostly want to avoid people sticking their phones out the aisles when the photographer is trying to get pictures.

     

    We definitely are allowing phones at the reception. After all, I’m going to try to get a Snapchat Geofilter approved 🙂

    Post # 36
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2019

    I don’t really like the idea of a sign. The “cutesy” sign just seems kind of patronizing to me. As a guest I wouldn’t really care if I saw a sign, but personally the idea of doing it myself just doesn’t seem right.

    Post # 38
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    We are doing a sign 🙂 I don’t want to see phone’s in the professional photos and our photographer requested that too. I think if the tone of the sign is light hearted people will see why you don’t want them with their phones out. I just found this sign on Etsy today and love the camera on it too- do fit with my vintage theme.

     

    I have lots of social media involvement at the reception, I just want the ceremony to stay more personal.

     

    Post # 39
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    Busy bee

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    macijo :  some of my friends have put the “no photos” notice in the program, and also had the officiant (or emcee) make that announcement. their message was basically “we want you to be fully present.” it was effective. 

    I agree, it’s insanely rude in this day and age to take your own photos. it blocks other people, and most idiots don’t even seem to know how to turn off the fake shutter click sound. annoying. 

    Post # 40
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2016 - Temescal Lake House

    We are planning on doing the same. Ceremony only. Not sure how to word it or just ask the officiant to make an announcement 

    Post # 41
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I wouldn’t think it’s rude, but I would roll my eyes. I think it’s another Pinterest inspired prop for you to get a (apparently professional) picture of. We’re going to have the officiant mention at the beginning to please respect the photographer, but I really don’t think that rogue guests are obscuring SO MANY professional pics that a sign is necessary. 

    Post # 42
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

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    macijo :  Put up a sign! For your own zen of mind, however, be prepared for a small portion of guests not noticing the sign or ignoring it. 

    I put up a sign with the full expectation that it won’t stop people completely.  I only wanted it to CUT DOWN on the number of upraised phones and cameras in the professional photos, and I definitely got that accomplished. The majority of my guests were Asian and uhhhh we do love our cameras lol…

    Post # 43
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I don’t think you need to make a sign but you certainly could! We just had our DJ make an announcement before the ceremony that we wanted guests to fully be in the present for the ceremony but they could take as many photos during the reception!

    Post # 44
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I wish that we would have expressed our desire to have our family and friends “present” instead of taking photos during our ceremony. There were a few that the photographer had to do some seriously crazy editing  and fancy foot work because of elbows jarring out or hands up the air to hold a phone/camera.

    Post # 45
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2016

    Not rude! I’m made a sign myself it says “unplugged ceremony: please put away all phones, cameras and devices until cocktail hour. Enjoy this special moment with us! Our photographer has it covered.” I painted it and made it cute. I’m also have my uncle (our officiant) say something before the ceremony, before the processional. While it’s just him and my fiance up there. Because some people may not see or choose to ignore the sign. Something to the effect of “Please take a moment to silence and put away all of your electronic devices. BRIDE and GROOM have asked that you refrain from taking photographs and enjoy the ceremony without the distraction of technology. As you can see, they’ve hired a whole team to make sure the special moment is captured”. (We have 2 photographers and a videographer, so I’m thinking he can poke fun at how many people we already have doing photos). 

    I personally put my phone away during weddings as well as I think it’s rude. I want to watch it in person, not through the screen of my phone. 

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