(Closed) How to gracefully ask guests not to pull cell phone to snap pic during ceremony?

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
326 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I’ve seen a lot of ceremonies with signs saying “Welcome to our Unplugged Ceremony! We invite you to be fully present as we say our I Dos. Please turn off your phones and cameras.”

Post # 3
47261 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

msdolphine:  You can have a sign and also ask your officiant to make a brief announcement.

Post # 4
7199 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

msdolphine:  It’s called an unplugged ceremony and it’s pretty common now. We put the request for no cell phones, cameras, ipads, ect on the wedsite and in the program. We are also having our emcee (or your officiant) say the following right before the wedding:

Welcome. (Bride) and (groom) would like each of you to really enjoy the ceremony and feel truly present in the moment with them. They have hired two amazing photographers whose job it is to capture how the ceremony LOOKS. It is your job today to capture how the ceremony FEELS. We ask that at this time you turn off and put away any cameras, cell phones, iPads or drones. You are welcome and encouraged to take them out again after the ceremony and throughout the reception. Thank you. 

Post # 5
2805 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

As PP suggested, puting a sign up is a great idea. If you are using programs, you can include it in there, and also have the officiant remind everyone.

I think this is such a great idea. We were at a wedding this weekend, and it was just out of control with the cell phones and Ipads during the ceremony. 

Post # 6
1167 posts
Bumble bee

Am I the only one who thinks using iPad to take photos is super odd?  I mean, seriously if you iCloud you photos from your iPhone and share that account with your iPad, that sh*t will be there too! It’s so wrong to use an iPad to take a photo.  Everytime I see it, I see like this big computer screens lifted up–like… dafuq?


Post # 7
589 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

My officiant introduced our photographer at the beginning of the ceremony and said something along the lines of “Kristin will be our photographer today, she is free to move around during the ceremony however we ask that everyone else please refrain from taking photos/video until after the ceremony is over, and Kirstin will be happy to share her photos with anyone who wishes to have them”. It was pretty to the point and we didn’t have any issues 🙂 

Post # 8
5154 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

Just wanted to throw this out there – we did not have an unplugged ceremony and NONE of our pictures were ruined by anyone on their cell phone. 

An important thing to remember is that you won’t have pro pictures back for a while. Some of my favorite pictures were from guests that they sent to us the next day – it was so fun to see pictures when I knew I wouldnt have pro pics back for a while. Just something to think about – you literally wont have ANY ceremony photos until the pro ones come back. I say, let your guests take photos. 

Post # 9
608 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

swirlyclover86:  No, you aren’t the only one.

My mother is one of those people and I find it exceptionally odd.

Post # 10
670 posts
Busy bee

Tell guests your having an unplugged ceremony. There are some great examples of signs out there that politely explain this to your guests. Our minister offered to tell the guests in his greetings not to use any of their own digital devices and leave the snapping to our photographer so you could always to that do. 

Post # 11
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Its not the taking photos that bothers me, its the plastering them all over facebook. We made the choice to have an intimate destination wedding, so it meant that a lot of our loved ones couldnt make it. I dont want the first pictures they see to be a picture that someone else has posted on my wall. I really dont think you can tell people not to post on social media though…. can you? :s

Post # 12
6889 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Our officiant made the announcement it is church policy not to have cell pictures taken while the cermony is going on.

Post # 13
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We posted this sign near the ceremony.  We were happy to have people take photos at any other point during the wedding, but not during the ceremony.  In fact, by the dance floor we had a sign with our hashtag on it.  đź™‚

Post # 14
2176 posts
Buzzing bee

Yea I have yet to get the photos from our wedding in May (friend was photog and she switched jobs so hopefully I’ll get them this week)…the only thing that has tided me over was the cell phone snap shots and the few she put on facebook (she asked me first). It didn’t bother me that our guests took pics and video, I am glad they did. I guess I’m in the boat, you can ask all you want but if someone does take a picture, are you gonna be mad? Are you gonna have cell phone police out to tell them to put it away? Does it truly matter that much? I guess I just feel differently about it.  

Post # 15
531 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

We enlisted the help of a few friends and made these cards to put on each chair 🙂  Basically says “We’d like to see this” (faces), Not this! (faces behind phones).   Then added a little note asking guests not to post pics of the bride and groom on social media until we had a chance to share out professional photos.   It went over very well, made it candid and fun.

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