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

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 16
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

msdolphine:  We’re having our officiant make an announcement. It isn’t about getting in the photographer’s way for us, but rather we’ve noticed people seem to be much more focused on getting the perfect picture than actually enjoying the moment.

Post # 17
1025 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I had a sign by guest book, pastor announced that there would be no pics  we had a professional photographer) and a bridesmaid yelled it out! lol

Post # 18
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

weatherbug:   Agree I was so grateful to have ceremony pics from my guests and some of them were so amazing they looked like pro pics. I’ve been showing them to everyone while waiting for my pCities. I doubt it will affect my pro ones since they are pros and know how to work around those things and crop or photoshop them out if necessary

Post # 19
232 posts
Helper bee

We had a sign because the church policy was to not allow flash photos during mass. No one listened or forgot lol We could see people’s camera phones in pictures but our professional pics turned out just fine. No one was in the aisle or holding up a camera to cover our face.

So you can try, but don’t have high expectations.

Post # 20
2166 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I saw a super cute sign that somone made that said: There’s a girl here taking pictures…we asked her to come. So please rest your cameras, our ceremony only needs 1! Thank you, The Newlyweds

I thought it was tasteful and cute :]

Post # 22
10 posts

MexiPino:  Thank you so much for this! I’m going to have my officiate say something just like that at our ceremony.

Post # 23
42 posts

Great ideas! I always think it is so tacky when people pull out their phones during the ceremony to take pictures when there are usually multiple professional photographers there. Also, the facebook picture posts while the ceremony is still going on is a bit much for me!

Post # 24
16 posts

In officiating for years, I know this type of thing very well. I hear that you don’t want your photos to have cells phones in it. I’m glad you brought up what you want for your wedding day. You can’t control what people do in the ceremony of course but you can make a request in your written program and/or have your officiant make a request at the beginning of the ceremony that guests refrain from using their cell phone during the ceremony including taking photos. Many people will respect this but some may not. Some may respect this but forget if they get excited and take it out to snap the shot. These messages are you doing your best and that’s all you can do because people always will do what they do. Whatever happens, as with anything on wedding day, don’t allow it to take you peace or your attention on each other, your gratitude for each and how much you love each. Being present together and gratitude is most important, I believe. Best Regards, Rev. Paul   

Post # 25
1722 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Our officiant asked that people turn off devices during the ceremony. It worked well. 

After the ceremony, one lady asked if it was ok if she took pics. I told her it was and now I regret it. She’s in EVERY SINGLE PHOTO from our first dance and parent dances. She was using her giant phone to video and it had some kind of light on, so it’s really annoying and in every shot.  

I’m glad our officiant made that announcement. I think otherwise, she probably would have ruined ceremony pics too. 

Post # 26
2076 posts
Buzzing bee

I have a friend whose photographer lost all of the photos from her wedding.  If it wasn’t for the fact that her guests took picture she would literally have no photos from her wedding day.  So maybe people should think twice before trying to control their guests.  You may just be one of those couples who is thankful that Aunt Joy loves taking photos with her phone or iPad.

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