- 7 years ago
- Wedding: November 1999
At my sister’s wedding the priest made a “no pictures” announcement before the ceremony that was a surprise to us all. My mom and aunt were pissed! However, at my wedding a year later there was no announcement and people were litterally up out of their seats taking video and pictures.
I didn’t notice it at the time as I was in the moment, but it was kind of extreme. There is actually not a SINGLE photo of me walking down the aisle without this random friend of my dad’s in the background. He felt it was appropriate to get out of his seat and walk around to BEHIND THE OFFICIANT to take photos. Similarly an uncle of mine who is a hobby photographer was up and about during the whole ceremony as if he was a second shooter (which he was not). I paid more than $4000 for a highly acomplished pro photographer, and she was having to shoo him out of the way so that he wouldn’t get in her shot.
Ok, end rant. Moral of the story: I now TOTALLY get the unplugged ceremony and think it’s a pretty good idea. Or at least, as people to stay in their seats when they snap a pic!
I just posted a similar thread. I am getting married in a church, so having people whip out their phones is a bit much when paying a lot of money for a photographer to do the job properly. My Fiance is a photographer, and he sees this. Plus, nowadays, with cell phones people don’t want to just take a pic, they post it online, and then check throughout the day to see how many “likes” they get.
My church doesn’t allow photography (even cell phone photography) during the worship service, so there’s going to be a sign (that the church owns) and also a note in my programs about putting away and silencing all cell phones and cameras. It’s required by the church after there were several incidents where people were coming out into the aisle with their phones and disturbing the worship service.
I think this is harder to do if you aren’t in a church where these things can be enforced as “church rules.”
We want no ceremony pictures but after that its fine. Our officiant mentioned that he will say something before we even asked as he thinks it disrespectful for people to be taking photos on their phones in church. We have a hashtag we are encouraging people to use for photos and wedding posts on social media.
So, after posting this, i actually went to a wedding this weekend and low and behold while everyone (including) the bride walked down the aisle many many people had their cellphones obviously in the air snapping away. The people on the aisle were the most distracting as they were practically right in the bride’s face.
So now I know I will work with the officiant on what to say for sure!
Totally fine with people snapping away at the reception.
Whoa. I hadn’t even thought of this. My initial reaction, honestly, was offense. I am not a child and don’t need instructions on how to behave in public. But after reading about these people, apparently people DO need this kind of instruction. That’s insane. I still won’t be mentioning it at my wedding, because I really feel it’s a little condescending, but I guess I’ll be taking my chances with the cell phone paparazzi! Haha.
We are going to be having an unplugged ceremony. We are asking the Priest to say something along the lines of what a pp said in preserving the sanctity of the ceremony. We already have something on our website. As I have previously said in another thread I have been forced to watch the ceremony through someone’s camera because people generally lean into the aisles, which really sucks.
Our officiant said something like, “The bride and groom respectfully request that you keep your cameras and phones off during the ceremony. They have arranged excellent photographers and will be happy to share pictures with anyone who wants them, so for now, please just sit back and enjoy the next few minutes.” I think that gets your point across without being totally over the top cheesy obnoxious about it, ya know?
We also had a note in the program saying the same thing.
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