(Closed) Married Bees! Show me your fave pics taken by guests (to go "unplugged" or not?)

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Would you/are you/did you ask that guests refrain from taking pics during the ceremony?



  • Post # 2
    356 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2017

    My first wedding was unplugged. My second wedding my Father-In-Law and father took photos with their phones and point-and-shoot. I hate the latter because the shots were blurry, had terrible contrasts or of unflattering angles. I felt like I wasted money on the photographer because Father-In-Law kept blocking her shots so he could get photos of me. 

    I am all for unplugged.

    Secondly, I don’t like people sharing it on social media when it isn’t even their day. It gets into awkward social territory.

    Post # 3
    6239 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I asked that guests just limit how many they were taking so as to enjoy the ceremony.  I’m not sorry that they took some though… my photog took us far too literally when I said I wanted photos from far away.  I didn’t mean of the ceremony itself!  I’d post but I need to sleep instead.

    Post # 4
    422 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2017 - Greenspot Farms

    Not married yet so no pics here! But we are doing an unplugged ceremony. Photography is the largest part of our budget after venue and I just can’t stand pro pics that have all the guests with their cameras and freaking iPads in their faces. I can wait a few months for amazing perfect pics instead of get ok pics instantly but have my pro pics be a disappointment.

    Post # 5
    9436 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    I hated waiting for my pro pics and having guest pictures made it easier to wait!

    My husband’s cousin actually got a better close up shot of our first kiss than our photographer:

    My uncle took this shot of me and my dad walking down the aisle:

    And my good friend took this awesome one of me almost falling down the stairs after the ceremony:

    My brother’s photographer at his wedding completely missed the first kiss so they only have guest pictures! 

    Post # 6
    521 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2017 - Lake Louise Canada

    PP makes a very good point about missing the kiss. My step son is learning about photography and tagged along as a second shooter just to get experience, for a friend/bride who couldn’t afford 2 photographers. The real photographer had an equipment failure so he got the ONLY shot of the kiss. Luckily it was decent. If you’re going to go unplugged, splurge on the second shooter. Less risky.

    Post # 7
    194 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I love my guest photos… Id rather not post any, but my fave picture was a guest photo from an ipad. My photographer didnt really take any “arty” pics and this one is just perfect. 

    Post # 8
    321 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2017

    we had an unplugged ceremony, but that still meant awesome pics of signing, and walking down the aisle as a couple… it meant that I didn’t have to worry about unflatterring photos while walking in heels, or when saying my vows. A few people still took pics (it will pretty much always happen… DH’s family were over keen and kept taking pics at the same time as the photographers! So annoying, but they were just over excited), but I liked that most didn’t 🙂 not too many on fb, just my bestie (and MOH) and they were a handful of lovely pics rather than a whole camera roll…

    Post # 9
    3053 posts
    Sugar bee

    Fave guest pic 😍

    We decided to let guests take photos during the ceremony since the layout of the area meant they wouldn’t get in the way of our photographers.

    Post # 10
    494 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2017

    We had an unplugged ceremony and don’t regret it at all. When we watched our ceremony video footage it was great to see everyone watching and smiling at Dad and I walking down the aisle instead of seeing it through a camera. We had 2 photographers and 2 videographers in a relatively small space so I’m glad they weren’t blocked by anyone’s phones/cameras. My mum took a couple of sneaky ones but everyone else was happy to comply. After the 30 min ceremony everyone took pics outside and I still ended up with hundreds of guest photos 🙂

    Post # 11
    444 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    I’m interested in reading opinions on this subject, too.  One of my bridesmaids has already excitedly told me that she will have her camera and will get loads of pictures (she’s very snap happy.)  I haven’t had the heart to tell her that we have spend £2500 on a photographer and really dont want photos of her taking photos.  Will have to eventually though.  

    Post # 12
    99 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    We are having an unplugged ceremony! Only the ceremony though, not the reception.

    One reason is that we want our guests to be present with us, not worried about getting a good picture to post on social media. They will have time to get a good picture at the reception. I would hate to look out at our guests and see their phones instead of their faces. 

    Second reason is that we are paying a good amount for professional photography. I have seen so many wedding photos from my cousins’ past weddings where everybody is leaning into the photo with their huge phones and iPads. It’s distracting and sometimes ruins the shot. 

    This is just our opinion on it. I know some people might think differently. 

    Post # 13
    2260 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I think it depends on your crowd.  We didn’t say anything, but people didn’t take photos at our ceremony at all.  We had a few friends take pictures at the reception, and that was fine by us.

    Post # 14
    272 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    We had our officient ask that everyone refrain from using phones/cameras until after the ceremony. Only my 1 uncle didnt listen but in his defense he was walking my mom down the aisle so he was not seated with the guests when the request was made. In one photo by our photographer you can see my uncle standing off to the side with his camera but its not a big deal. We really didnt want all our ceremony pictures to have peoples phones and cameras in them, just their smiling faces. Our photographer got our photos to us in 3 weeks so it wasnt a big deal to wait.

    Post # 15
    218 posts
    Helper bee

    Our priest informed the guests beforehand to refrain from using their phones or cameras. So thankfully, we didn’t have anyone’s annoying screen in the photos. And nobody was able to post bad, blurry pics on social media. wink

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