(Closed) How to politely word “no photography” in program?

posted 11 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

@PitBulLover: eek. I’d be totally annoyed by the bald headed guest who crawled over the woman sitting on his left and stood in the aisle (?!) to get a shot with his point and shoot camera. I will never understand why guests are so aggressive about pictures.

.. That being said, he would be fairly easily to photoshop out.

Post # 33
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Bumble bee

Just for shiggles-

Post # 34
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Belle2Be: OMG!! I love you for that! I have tried and tried to do that but couldnt figure out a way! Can I save that image as my own? There are only full views of our ceremony with him in the middle.

Post # 35
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Belle2Be: I also just noticed that you plopped him into the seat he was supposed to be sitting in lol 🙂

Post # 36
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Honestly, I think saying “No Photographs” sounds pretty harsh and not very welcoming to guests.  If you must do this, I agree to just have the minister or someone say something.  Please remember these are your invited guests – not audience members at a theatre production there to take direction. 

People took pictures during our ceremony and I didn’t even notice.

Post # 37
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@lisa105: I agree that it needs to be said in the right way, however, I think telling people to stay out of the aisle is more appropriate and necessary than asking people not to take pictures at all. As evidenced above!

Post # 38
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m just amazed that people don’t know to stay in their damn seat!

Post # 39
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Well, the thing is though I’d be a bit insulted as an adult guest if the bridal party felt like they needed to instruct me on how to behave properly. 

Post # 40
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@lisa105: I understand that. I hadnt even thought about asking people to stay in their seats. Im not saying I would have done it. But I would have only had pictures like the one above if it werent for weddingbee since my photoshop skills are not up to par!

Post # 41
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I understand how you’re feeling on this, but just a thought: 

At your graduation, you were looking around at the audience and seeing who all was there. At your wedding, will you really be doing that? 

For me personally, I expect to have my eyes on Fiance pretty much the whole time, at least for my walk down the aisle. Unless someone walks right in front of me or blinds me with a flash, I don’t anticipate that I will even notice most of the guests until after the ceremony, let alone them taking pictures. 

I still think that if this is important to you then you should take a stand, but I just wanted to point that out. 🙂 

Post # 42
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I think a simple “Please no photography during the ceremony” is enough. Don’t feel like you have to explain yourself. Most people understand why you don’t want people taking pictures. Sometimes it’s due to the churches belief. Sometimes it’s so you don’t interfere with the professional photographer. And other times, people just don’t know why they can’t, but they’re fine with it.

Post # 43
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m worried a bit about this too as I am having a candlelit ceremony and it will be very dim. I am concerned flashing cameras taking away from the ambiance.

Luckily, my father is the number one offender when it comes to standing in the isle to get photos, so my mom will likely keep him in line…

Post # 44
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am in this same dilemma. However the reason I do not want photographs taken by guests at my wedding is not sue to flash. The reason is I want them to be in photos. A shot up the aisle of guests sitting on straw bales with fresh flowers sprouting from mason jars with my fiance and I at the end exchanging vows would be ruined with each guest with a camera, or phone in their hands aiming it at the front. I want my guests to be in pictures, not behind cameras.

Is this rude?

I was going to put it in my program as this:

We kindly ask that you refrain from taking pictures during the wedding ceremony. We want you to be in the pictures, not your camera. 

Post # 46
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would go with an announcement right before. It works for movie theaters, at least with respect to cellphones.

I’m pretty sure my people won’t let me have the officiant say “The bride has asked me to announce that anyone whose cellphone rings during the ceremony is just asking for trouble,” but that’s what I secretly wish we could say.

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