(Closed) An honest insight on why weddings should be guest photography free

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
7603 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Thank you for sharing this. I plan on asking my guests to put away their cameras for the ceremony and am planning on asking the DJ to make an announcement during the reception that kindly asks the guests to ensure they are mindful of the photographer. Also, family will not be allowed to take pictures during the formal pictures after the ceremony. I will let them know that I will get them copies of the pictures.

Post # 4
11736 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m on the fence about unplugged weddings. It’s something we considered but at the end of the day you have to decide based on your guests.  We knew that aisle jumpers or excessive, non-discreet picture taking wouldn’t be a problem among our guests.  I’m sure there are quite a few instances you can find of guests runing crucial pictures but I think it’s still quite rare. At the end of the day, if a shot gets ruined, it’s really just a picture.  The experience will forever be ingrained in your memory.  

I was so excited to look at all the guest photos the next day and was actually disappointed how few guest photos there were!

Post # 5
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Great article! We’re already planning an unplugged wedding, but if i was unsure at all, this would put me over the top for sure! Those flashes are brutal!

Post # 6
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

These are just rude guests. Some of my favorite pictures from my wedding are things my photographer missed but my family/friends just taking pictures (politely) caught.

Post # 7
512 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

oh i’m terrified after that post! ty for sharing.

i’m still torn though, because again, i don’t *think* i have obnoxious guests like that, but who knows. maybe i can tell my photos to get physical if needed 😉 haha kidding! and also, it’s nice to get some pictures from guests immediately while you wait for your pro ones 🙂


ugh this is such a toughy!!!

Post # 8
11163 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

Great article but I don’t necessarily agree, it would depend on the guests I suppose.

For our wedding some of my favorite photos are guest photos. They seemed to be able to capture some of those amazing moments from their location and point of view and I was thankful for this. I recently attended a wedding and got some pretty amazing shots; some of which are in my opinion better overall than the professional photos I have seen so far. I asked the bride after the wedding if they were okay to post and she said absolutely and asked me to send them all to her. I didn’t get up and stand in the aisle and I most certainly waited when using the flash for the pro-photographers to finish.

Post # 9
123 posts
Blushing bee

Wow… reading that has completely changed my mind about having an unplugged wedding.  We are definitely going to have our pastor make an announcement asking guests to unplug.

I don’t care if they take pictures during the reception, but I too will ask the dj to make an announcement to be mindful of the photographer.

Thanks for posting this!

Post # 10
8435 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

My photographer didn’t seem to have this problem, but maybe it’s because we had an outdoor ceremony when there was still light out?  I love my guest photos and my pro pics, so I don’t think I could choose just one or the other.

Post # 11
2453 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I like to make a distinction between an unplugged ceremony and an unplugged reception.  Reception?  Go right on, take whatever shots who want as long as you’re not being dumb and blocking the photographer’s shot.  Ceremony?  I better see your smiling faces when I’m walking down the aisle, not your damn iPhones.  (I’d be a little warmer towards people who are professional photographers, or at least amateurs with legit camera.  I don’t care what the commercial says, iPhones are cell phones with picture taking capabilities- NOT CAMERAS.)

Post # 12
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think it’s an interesting thought…but as a bride who just found out that my photographer is unable to give me any reception pictures I am a little biased. I would have not a single picture from the reception if it weren’t for my guests who took pictures. Just a thought to consider.

Post # 14
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Maybe I’m more laid back than I thought but I loved that my guests took photos during my ceremony. My favorite picture from my wedding was one my Godmother took right after we were pronounced husband and wife. When I walked down the aisle I wasn’t paying attention to the iphones or flashes, I was so overjoyed by all the smiling faces.


There’s also a picture I have of a guest leaning over in the aisle and the photog snapped a pic at the same time and I think it’s super cute. I completely understand people who don’t want that but it was not an issue for me.


Post # 15
499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We went unplugged AND we asked that images not be shared on Social Media sites! CONTROVERSY! It’s just that I paid a lot for my photos AND I didn’t want to see a flood of unflattering photos all over the web. Not everyone abides though and there were tons of guest photos and pro photos and in the end it didn’t really matter, it was FINE.

Post # 16
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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@Apple_Blossom:  My thoughts exactly! My brother who is our officiant is making an announcement about not taking pictures for the ceremony in his welcome before I come in. I find that much nicer than the signs I see out there on pinterest and such. 

Plus, a lot of my guests have flown in for this event and haven’t seen their friends in a long time too. In that respect it’s not just my day, let them take pictures and relax. They’re grown ups at a grownup function. I trust them to use their phones and cameras. 

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