(Closed) Just when we thought an unplugged ceremony would work…

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
6331 posts
Bee Keeper

That incident doesn’t make you reconsider the unplugged ceremony?

I’m sure by the time your wedding rolls around, people will have forgotten about what happened to the best man’s pictures. A sign and an announcement before the ceremony should still suffice. 

Post # 3
417 posts
Helper bee

Can you ask someone to be the designated backup photographer?  Provide him or her with a decent camera and ask everyone to relax and turn their phone off and enjoy the wedding, because you have it covered and you have a plan B.


Post # 4
103 posts
Blushing bee

I think if you just have a sign announcing that it’s an unplugged ceremony, that should be fine.  You can have your officiant mention it prior to starting the ceremony, too.  I’ve never seen a wedding where the guests ignored this request.

I feel sorry for your friends- that’s just terrible!  I don’t even know how that could happen!  Maybe it could still turn up?  How does a photographer “lose” a memory card??

Post # 5
13801 posts
Honey Beekeeper

That is terrible, but there is virtually no chance of this happening again to you. I’m with you and would stick with the plan. If you trust your photographer’s reputation, I would just tell people that you aren’t worried. 

Post # 6
7440 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Oh that is a tough one. That’s why I asked my photographers back up method is during the interview. Most keep them in a specific spot and/ or back them up just in case. Maybe designate one or two people who own quality cameras and place them the first row. Then you have backup shots while still having an unplugged wedding

Post # 7
6303 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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amanda.417:  As long as you are comfortable with it, stick with your plan and your guests should respect your wishes. I would put a sign up at the entrance to your ceremony (like one of the cute chalkboard ones) and also have your officiant incorporate it into his opening welcome.

It’s really hard to compare what happened to your best man’s photos, because we don’t know who their photographer was. I won’t say “all” photographers because at the end of the day, ANYTHING can happen. However, an experienced and *legitimate* wedding photographer isn’t going to be losing the memory cards. I can speak for myself when I say that my pro-level gear shoots images on TWO sets of memory cards simotaniously so there is always a hard copy backup (that secondary card never gets touched until the entire wedding is edited and delivered). I never shoot on any card big enough to hold the entire event in the case something crazy happens there are still some images. My backup card is one large card, however, the rest of the event is shot on mutliple smaller cards. Furthermore, I actually don’t go to bed at the end of a wedding night until all images have been downloaded and backed up. 

Post # 8
406 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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amanda.417:  oh, that’s horrible but also that probably rarely happens. Unplugged is sooooo worth it. In our case we were surrounded by our guests in a gazebo and instead of seeing cell phones and cameras in front of their faces in all my pic,. I get to see their expressions and it’s awesome. The smiles, the tears— no technology distracting them- everyone was in the moment cuz they had to be:) Just so worth it! 

Post # 9
7555 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

The same thing happened to someone I know. They however were completely obnoxious and a little patronising about an unplugged wedding (patronising by telling people how they should enjoy an event) and then her photographer had all of his equipment stolen including his backup drive (the wedding was in a remote area of a third world country <another thing they were obnoxious about> with no way to upload anything to the cloud). 

This bride was so obnoxious that she got very little sympathy from her guests.


Post # 10
1065 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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amanda.417:  Honestly, this is not a common occurance, but it is the risk you take with an unplugged wedding. Cameras are digital now and technology can be faulty. We discussed this with my photographer when we first met her. 

I think the suggestion of having a single trusted family member or friend taking pictures with a nice camera is a good compromise/security net. AND the added bonus is you’ll have some pictures immediately after the wedding.

Post # 11
3080 posts
Sugar bee

During the ceremony we had more than one photographer as well as a videographer. Got a few minutes of video and a couple dozen proofs, the next business day.

Would still choose unplugged. 

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