(Closed) No Personal Photography during Ceremony *VENT/Help*

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon

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bassbee:  We had an unplugged ceremony. We had no programs, but we had our emcee (DH’s dad) make an announcement before the processional began.  It worked, I think.  I didn’t notice any cameras.

That said, our photographer also came to our rehearsal, which was obviously NOT unplugged.  There are several shots that were flashes there, so I am SO HAPPY we did the ceremony unplugged.

Stress that photos will be EASILY available.  People might do it anyway if they are worried they will not have access to ceremony photos at all.

Post # 32
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Squaw Valley

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EMG91215:  I made it and had it printed on wide format paper at staples (also got the large frame there for like $20).  I have the digital image if you’d like I can send it to you.

Post # 33
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Blushing bee

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KDOS:  Yes! That would be awesome! Thank you 🙂

Post # 34
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am probably a minority, but I’m so glad I got guest pictures.  A few of my favorite shots from the wedding are guest pictures.  Granted a few of them were amateur/ semi pro photographers also.  

But I’ve been to weddings where the officiant made a request and everyone listened.  It wasn’t a demanding one, more of a nice joking statement about the highly paid photographer and to let them do their job, and the guests doing theirs, which is to pay attention to the ceremony, not worry about pictures.

Post # 35
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’m so nervous of how my fmil will react when I say we want to do an unplugged wedding. She actually told us not to bother hiring a photographer because at her wedding the family took so many pictures they were covered. I want professional photos though. Not ones where I have an awkward face that ends up all over facebook. 

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Post # 36
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Newbee

 

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missoptimism:  Thanks for the link! Those are great example shots.

I won’t mind if people take pictures as long as they stay in their seats during the ceremony, turn off their flashes/sounds, and always watch out for the pro photographers.

Post # 37
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Bumble bee

You can also have your officiant come come out a few minutes before the processional starts and tell the guests that there will be no photography at the wedding and to please turn off their cell phones.

I recommend showing your Mother-In-Law that link that was posted in the beginning.  People are just rude and crazy sometimes.

Post # 38
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Blushing bee

I think unplugged is TOTALLY the way to go.  My friend just got her photos back, and she only has one semi decent walking away shot from the ceremony.  Not because of her photographer,but because 6 people jumped in front of him.  Some with ipads.  THE WORST.  And if you ask her? She’d obviously rather have the pro photos than the shitty instagram blurriness that her friends and family took for no reason.   <br /><br />I don’t think its tacky to try and control people at your wedding.  Seriously.  It’s your wedding, do what you want.   Show your Mother-In-Law that link.  Ask her to be in the moment, not worrying about lining up a terrible shot.

Post # 39
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I posted it on our wedding website and had the officiant announce it before the ceremony started. I paid way too much for a PROFESSIONAL photographer to have people messing it up.

Post # 40
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Blushing bee

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KDOS:  Would you mind sharing with me as well? =)

Post # 41
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Newbee

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bassbee:  Agreed!  We are also have an unplugged ceremony.  Not only do we want to prevent the professional pics from being ruined, but you know how it is…once you get your phone out to take a picture, it’s so tempting to check your email or Facebook, etc. and the next thing you know people are glued to their phones instead of enjoying the event and interacting.

If you are having a religious ceremony, you may be able to throw in a little extra guilt – some churches are very strict about photography, so you might be able to use this as an extra excuse.

We plan on making a note on a sign and also telling our close friends ahead of time.  This way we’ll have some people in the audience to nudge someone they see reaching for the ole iPhone.  It doesn’t have to be a big scene, just a “Psst…I don’t think phones/cameras are allowed in the ceremony”. 

Post # 42
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - Figtree Resturant Byron Bay

We had an unplugged wedding and loved it.

We had a sign put up and our celebrant said something as well.

We had it just for the ceremony but it ended up carrying through to the reception as well!

It was so lovely when we were standing up there to look back at our family and friends and see their faces. Everyone was in the moment and not watching the day through their phones!

no-cameras

I cannot suggest having an unplugged wedding enough.

Post # 43
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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KDOS:  THis is a great sign! Did you buy it like that or have it printed, and if so where? Also, do you have approx dimensions? Thanks 🙂

Post # 44
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Squaw Valley

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PolkaDotBandit:  I designed it & had it printed on regular (wide format) paper at staples for really cheap, like $2  I also ordered this inexpensive frame from there: http://www.staples.com/DAX-Black-Wooden-Poster-Frame-Plexiglas-Window-18-x-24/product_DAX2863W2X not the fanciest frame, but it was only $25 (& I had a coupon) looked nice and served it’s purpose.

I have the digital image if you’d like I can send it to you.

Post # 45
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Rustic barn/ pavilion

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bassbee:  Here is what we are having our officiant say in a light hearted and not rude way…. I’m hoping this works and you are totally welcome to use it word for word if you want:

” Good afternoon! It is my pleasure to welcome you to the wedding of (Bride) and (Groom). I invite you to be truly present at this special time, so everyone get the photo you really want now…………. Thank you, now please turn off your cell phones, the photographer will capture how this ceremony looks. We encourage you all to capture how this wedding feels with your hearts and without the distraction of technology. We truly thank you.”

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