(Closed) How to discourage social media during the ceremony???

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Should I try this or let guests do whatever they want??

    Ask them to refrain from social media until reception

    Let them do whatever they want

  • Post # 2
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2017

    PHONES DURING CEREMONY ANNOYS ME SO MUCH!!!!! Sorry haha! I went to a friends wedding last year and all the way through the ceremony people were standing up trying to get a good picture. I think it’s so disrespectful and distracting! You normally have a professional photographer so people should just sit down. I get so wound up because the ceremony is my favourite bit and the most important part. Thank goodness our photographer had says he has a rule on other photographer during ceremony. Just tell your guests please respect our special moment by taking no photos during ceremony and maybe ask a close friend or relative that might be standing to take a few snaps that can be shared. Definitely do the little signs- haha do you really want to see a half drunken friends crappy snaps on your Facebook feed 😂

    Post # 3
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

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    Korrie Margaret :  It is not uncommon to have the officiant ask the guests to refrain from both taking pictures and posting on social media. Your photographer will greatly appreciate not having to deal with a slew of amateur photographers.

    Post # 4
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2017

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    julies1949 :  haha everyone thinks they are a photographer these days 

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    I was at a wedding on Saturday where the officiant made an announcement at the beginning for people to put away phones, iPads, laptops, etc. 

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

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    Korrie Margaret :  You can request and post signs. However, you may still have the few awful friends who disregard this… 

    If you haven’t picked your venue yet, I suggest a location in a remote area. lol 

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee

    Even though they’re common sense enough, I think your rules (pics okay, but not posting during ceremony) might confuse some people, and it would be simpler just to ask people to put away phones for the ceremony. The last wedding I was at guests were asked to put away their phones and refrain from taking any pics during the ceremony, since they had hired a photographer for that and they didn’t want other people holding up phones/cameras in the professional pics. Everyone respected the rule, and it was nice not to have my view obstructed by someone in front of me holding up their phone. At that wedding, it was stated out loud by the officiant. 

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

    Have the officiant request that guests please refrain from taking photos or video during the ceremony. Some people think its rude to tell adults what to do, well some adults are rude enough to do this nonsense so better safe than sorry. My cousins ceremony was frustrating. I felt so bad for the bride. Nearly half the church had their stupid phones up during the ceremony and some of the guests actually stepped into the aisle to take pics while she was walking with her father. 😒

    Post # 9
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    Ive literally never heard of someone snapchatting a ceremony lol. What a bizarre world we live in.

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    I would also go for having someone stand up at the start and say “please no phones, tablets etc out during the ceremony”. That’s what your photographer is there for!

    Post # 11
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2017

    I’m the sort of person who would confiscate 😂 Lol

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    Honestly, I couldn’t have cared less what my guests were doing during the ceremony as long as they were quiet. It was an incredibly important and meaningful moment for myself and my husband but not really for anyone else. If they want to live-stream it, whatever. Hell, those people might be paying MORE attention. At least they are focused on the ceremony. It’s pretty easy to let your mind wander.

    You can have the officiant make an announcement if you want but people will do what they want to do.

    Post # 13
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2018

    Idk personally I think having the officiant make an announcement is enough. All of the cute signs in the world are not going to stop someone who thinks they are a photographer from taking pictures. I would like to hope that most people know enough to put thier phones away for a wedding ceremony. 

    I’m 100% with the previous poster who said to have your wedding in a remote location lol. I also told my officant half jokingly that I’m okay if he wants to stop a wedding ceremony and call out any photogs that are not getting paid by me. 

    Post # 14
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Obnoxious people with their phones in the air at weddings is beyond rude and distracting. Have an unplugged wedding…put up a sign AND have your officiant make an announcement at the start of the ceremony for everyone to please turn off and put away their phones and cameras.

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee

    By the way, the children’s faces looked like they were horrified. Looks like the one flower girl was pleading for help. And this is in a very large, local church, so this is just a portion of the aisle. (Taken from a Facebook friend of a friend). Our daughter’s weddings were both unplugged.

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