(Closed) (semi) unplugged wedding

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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aussiemum1248:  Sorry that last reply was a little strong, but I do think the “be truly present” phrase is better avoided. Another point, where you can maybe inject a little humor, is that when your photographer (and maybe videographer) photographs the guests, you want photos of faces, not phones.

Post # 17
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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Letshaveakiki:  I think that’s cute. 

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!

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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Letshaveakiki:  haha I personally LOVE the “If bride can, so can you” that’s totally me. 

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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LindyLu:  haha too funny, hi grandma

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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. 

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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.”

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

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.

Post # 25
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Blushing bee

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.

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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Letshaveakiki:  We didn’t do an announcement and didn’t really have any problems, except for the woman in this pic of my brother walking my mom down the aisle.  This is the officiant’s girlfriend!  Who we didn’t know and hired off of craigslist.  Like really???

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

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. 

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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Letshaveakiki:  I don’t mind this especially hearing that your friends and family know how much you love social media. Unplugged announcements work best as reinforcement. You should add an unplugged sign on your welcome table and if you have ushers or hosts seating guests they should let people know no cameras or phones during the ceremony.

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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Lisasaurusrex:  I went to a wedding about 8 months ago and not only were their cell phones, cameras, and a faux pro photog, but someone had their iPad out and holding it up with the cover flap hanging down. That was so distracting to me as a guest. Really, a big old iPad?

Post # 30
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

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Letshaveakiki:  We had an unplugged ceremony.  But I find all the “truly present” “feel it with your hearts” stuff to be totally obnoxious and condescending.  (No offense to you – this is a really common wording suggestion and it makes my eyes do 360s every time.)

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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