(Closed) Did you ask guests to refrain from taking pictures?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 32
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

It didn’t both me so much during the ceremony, as nobody really got in the way with their pictures, and it was an outdoor daytime wedding, so no flashes necessary.

However, during formals, we had about 6 people standing beside our photographer yelling “look over here, look over here!”  I had a minor bridezilla moment where I yelled back “Look at the person we’re paying!” 

And I totally agree with the PP that didn’t understand why they were doing this.  We had a no facebook policy because Darling Husband doesn’t like pictures of himself on the internet in uniform.  I haven’t even seen any of the photos people took.  I doubt they’ve been bound up in an album somewhere as their treasured memories.

Post # 33
7299 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Disclaimer on our website:

“You are welcomed to take photos during the ceremony, but please remain seated. Our photographer isn’t afraid to tackle someone for the shot.”

Post # 34
637 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@saphiresun – Same thing happened to me…the one picture of me, my husband and my mother–she is looking at the wrong person.  UGH!

Post # 36
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My uncle is an amateur photographer and he took photos the entire time. I think it annoyed our photog a bit but not us. He sent us a DVD with 400+ photos after the wedding and he took some incredible shots! I love our professional photog but in a lot of cases I actually preferred my uncle’s shots for our album. He caught a lot of hilarious and intimate moments with the family. I got a couple other photos from other guests that I used in my album also, they took photos of little things that noone was paying attention to while our photographer was mostly focused on us. I think it’s great to have that kind of diversity. You never know what kind of photo talents your guests may have.

Post # 37
1829 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Miss Tattoo:  That is awesome!!!  I think there is definitely a way you can phrase your request without it coming across as snarky or rude.   Adding a bit of humor as Miss Tattoo did definitely gets the message across without stepping on anyone’s toes!   Also, putting the message on the programs somewhere and having your officiant make an announcement at the start will ensure the message gets across.

It’s all in the wording and a little humor never goes awry…  🙂

Post # 38
3525 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010


Your ceremony location is beautiful!!! What is it??


hahha. Uncle Bob. Classic.

Thankfully all our guests had enough sense to stay in their seats while taking pictures. If not we would have been fine as well because we had two photographers and they were moving around because they got shots from different angles.

Post # 39
804 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Our guests got some brilliant photos and mostly we’re very polite and respectful. I can tell you I didn’t notice a single flash or camera noise at all during the ceremony – I was fully focused on the Fella, trying not to cry too much and making sure I didn’t muck up my vows!

We did have some guests standing next to our photographer to get additional photos when we had family photos and she did have to politely ask them to wait until she’d finished because their flashes we’re effecting her photos. But all in all it was fine! Although I didn’t have any obnoxious guests standing in front of us during our ceremony! Some people need to know that as a guest, their job is to watch the ceremony, not photograph it!!

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