Post # 1
Bee’s, whos done a phones off, no cameras wedding?
FSIL didn’t have a professional photographer but FBIL and FFIL took photos throughout, and I noticed a lot of the photos have the other photographer in them, the people were looking the other way, digital cameras and phones in the air etc.
I really want to avoid this, though we will have a professional I know people will still want to donn their point-and-clicks, mobile phones and their big DSLR’s that they dont know how to use (another rant) and inevitably get in the way of the professional shots.
I also want to do it in a diplomatic way though! For reference we are having an outdoor wedding, hopefully at the base of a mountain, with around 75 guests.
Post # 3
Hmmm. I like your thinking, and it’s totally possible…indoors. Being outside kind of gives free roam
Post # 4
@FutureMrsHallam: My friend had her officiant say a short blurb before the ceremony started. Some people still didn’t listen though so be prepared for that and just roll with it. People nowadays have a hard time just being in the moment without capturing it. I’m planning on having my officiant do the same and maybe having a little sign posted too as a reminder.
Post # 5
Two weddings we attended this year (one outdoors with approx. 80 guests), they did this. They just had the celebrant give a quick “no pictures during the ceremony please, the professionals will take care of it”. And as far as I could tell everyone complied.
I was a little worried about this for ours, but we didn’t have anything said because our wedding was very small (25 people). Some guests were taking photos during the ceremony, and it didn’t end up bothering me at all, like I thought it would.
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@FutureMrsHallam: i would just let ppl know on ur website or just tell ppl no photos for the vows bc u dont wanan take awya form the group images also you dont wnt themtohave a moment lost truing to catch the moment
Post # 8
@FutureMrsHallam: are you saying you don’t want anyone to use the own camera for the whole day or just the ceremony? For the ceremony I think that is fair enough and a simple announcement from the officiant would be a good way to do this like others have suggested. For the whole wedding I think it would be a bit pretentious to say no cameras/phones, and you’ll miss out on some great shots.
Post # 9
@ju5tdance: I like these ideas combined actually, I do like those little chalkboard kind of signs, maybe this is how I get to incorporate one hehe 🙂 Hopefully with both you would hope they would get it!
@starsr: Haha, I dont think it would usually – but we have a few of those “Uncle Bob” kinda people in his family who will get up, move around and everything 😛
@Brittanyg20: I read the whole thing and this is EXACTLY what I don’t want!
@Hemnes: Just the ceremony 🙂 We are only going to have a photographer for the ceremony and two hours afterwards for our photoshoot – I will just have our many kindof-professional-ish family members and friends capture the night as it unfolds 🙂 When it comes to a reception the other photographers and guests are less of an issue – they can be dodged easily etc. But a ceremony is a one of a kind moment – and some of the photos on that website make me cringe or even cry a little!
Post # 10
I wanted this too, and I had my officiant make an announcement at the beginning. I had ONE person in the back snap a picture, but none of my professional photos were ruined, in fact, I love that I have all these pictures of my audience without cameras, crying or laughing at the ceremony. So that’s what I would go with!
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I put a note in our programs:
We want all of our guests to be able to really enjoy our wedding day, feeling truly present and in the moment with us. We’ve hired an amazing wedding photographer who will be capturing the way the wedding looks and we’re inviting each of you to sit back, relax, and just enjoy how the wedding feels. We’re respectfully asking that everyone consider leaving all cameras and cell phones off, at least during the ceremony.
Post # 12
I love this idea! on top of risking my guests getting in the way of the photographer, we are having a candlit ceremony, so they would have a hard time getting a good shoot anyway…
Post # 13
We had our pastor make a quick announcement before everyone walked down the aisle. Nobody took photos.
I considered doing a sign at the entrance, but I figured people wouldn’t read it. Some people put a sentence in their programs, but we didn’t have programs.
That being said, I kinda regret it because I feel like we could have gotten some nice photos from the guests’ point of view, and seen them before we got the professional ones back. I didn’t notice the guests at ALL during the ceremony, so wouldn’t have noticed, and my photographers didn’t take any pics of the guests during the actual ceremony, so that wouldn’t have been affected. Ah well.