Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC
At least for the ceremony.
I know this is a very contraversial topic on the bee and Ive been on the fence about unplugged weddings for a while now. Its nice to have guests capture the picture and the moment and I dont want my wedding to be full of rules, but then this made me re-think
Main points for me were
- Flash from other guests cameras can ruin the professional ones (with pic examples)
- Guests can be so focused on getting that photo on their device that in the professional pics they are captured messing with a device as you walk up the aisle and not smiling at you.
- Jumping in front of the pro photographer to get their shot (intentionally and unintentionally)
- Photos being uploaded to Facebook before the ceremony is even over – I seriously dont mind during the reception but the ceremony is just ridiculous.
- She also mentions Facebook having the first look of the bride. This annoys me
Post # 3
@leecy87: It’s your wedding, I see nothing wrong with going unplugged for the ceremony portion of it But that’s as far as I would take it. You may appreciate guest photos during the reception etc.
Post # 4
Go with what you want. Personally I’m going unplugged for our ceremony. I’m going to be nervous enough without having people’s smart phones in my face.
Post # 5
I want to go unplugged for the ceremony, mostly just so that the photographer gets awesome pics and I can look out and see their faces, not cellphones. But I’m not sure how to state it without being rude… we shall see.
Post # 6
I say do it. We are having an unplugged ceremony, the sun will be going down by the time the ceremony starts and I don’t want our pictures ruined by the flash from everyone’s devices plus we want to be able to see people’s faces from the top of the aisle not cameras and phones.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
I’m a high school teacher and all I can say is good luck trying to keep people’s electronic devices away from them!!
Also, I think you’re really, really, going to want those ceremony shots as you’re waiting weeks (months?) to get your pro shots in. People love taking photos, especially of beautiful brides.
I’m setting up signs all over for people to Instagram my wedding!
Post # 8
@loving_life: There are a lot of templates and suggestions online for the wording. Just google unplugged ceremony. The last wedding we posted on our blog has a great example from the ceremony of why you want an unplugged wedding.
Post # 9
I just face booked the article in hope people may read it and take some advice. My sister disagrees completely and says people come such along way to experience your wedding with you so should be able to take photos, however I think since we are paying a ridiculous amount for a photographer who is brilliant I dont want to compromise his work. And it is restricting for other guests who end up with cameras in there view. Luckily our church officiant is strict and already told us before we mentioned anything she didn’t like photos being taken due to people making noise and moving around so she will make it known before the start of the service. I also object with people posting on Fb before the day is over and would be so rude to post before the first look! Who does that! I don’t object to pics at reception but object to the whole Fb thing.
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC
@lealorali: im a teacher too (although youd never know it as my posts on here are full of errors). I often take away phones from kids – its horrible how many of them have to have their face glued to their phones.
I wouldnt take their phones away from them literally but i think it would be pretty easy to explain to my guests we want nice pics, not just of us but of them too. I hate seeing pics of a guest with a big fat Ipad in front of their face
Post # 11
@redbootz: Remind your sister that before smartphones and instagram, somehow people traveled long distances and still enjoyed the wedding immensely. =)
Post # 12
@leecy87: I did, and I did not regret it one bit. I gave my officiant the words to use, and it went off beautifully. Not one person went against it. The best part. All eyes were on us during the ceremony. I am by no means an attention whore, but we had a DW wedding for one reason. We wanted our nearest and dearest to experience our committment. How can you do that if you are fiddling with your flash. Now for the reception, go cray cray with pics. But I was adamant about the ceremony. You won’t regret it!
I just love how everyone is so into being present and in the moment! Notice, not ONE head is down 🙂
Post # 13
@leecy87: My photographer convinced me too!
I’m actually going unplugged until my photographer leaves at like 9:30pm and then people can take pictures from then until midnight. I don’t want ANY of her pictures ruined by other cameras! You can’t get those moments back!
Post # 14
I want my guests to take photos! But I also have very talented photographer friends!
Post # 15
@Bellagiobride: what did you have him say, do you remember?
Post # 16
@mariematt: + 1 Thank you! I find it rather annoying that some entitled people out there seem unable to enjoy events unless they take photos of it. As you pointed out, this was not always the case. I’m sure it’ll be hard but the photo-happy people can survive such a trauma lol – it would only be for the ceremony anyway!
@leecy87: I wholeheartedly support going unplugged for the wedding ceremony