Post # 1
Would it be rude to have the officiant make this announcement before the ceremony?
“if you choose to take pictures during the ceremony the bride and groom request that you do so from your seats and please do not lean into the aisles.”
Post # 3
I don’t think so. I think it is sad that adults need to be told that but, clearly, they do.
Post # 4
I voted no because we did this at my wedding. However, we simply requested no photography during the ceremony. The officiant said something like, “The bride and groom request that you be fully present during their wedding ceremony, physically and spiritually, and embrace the meaning of the ceremony in the moment and in person, rather than through the lens of a camera. They have hired photographers to capture the moment and will happily share all the pictures with you.”
Post # 5
I think you’ll be fine. It might be easier to just ask people not to take photographs during the ceremony – that’s probably what we will do! I, personally, think this is fine and not rude so long as it is limited to the ceremony.
Post # 6
I don’t think it’s any ruder than people leaning into the aisles to take photos.
Alternately, you could put tulle or arrangements between the rows on the aisle side. I will probably wind up doing both.
Post # 7
I think it’s good to counterbalance the “negative” request with a positive: that guests ARE welcome to take photos after the ceremony and during the reception. (And I think banning photos from the reception is OTT).
Post # 8
Yeah, I know my family loves to take pictures so I think they would be bummed if I said none at all (but it’s something to consider!) I really just don’t want them to be obnoxious about it! My aunt brought an iPad to my cousins wedding yesterday to take pictures and I thought that was obnoxious!!!
Post # 9
Not rude at all in my opinion! I’m totally fine with people taking pictures as long as they aren’t leaning into the aisle in the way of our photographer 🙂
Post # 10
i don’t think it’s rude. i actually wish i had thought about it for my wedding. i couldn’t even see my husband as i was walking down the aisle because my brother in law and his daughter were standing practically in the middle of the aisle totally blocking my view :/
Post # 11
I think your message should also include a request for guests to please not use their flashes. My mother in law took non-stop flash pictures during our ceremony right in the front row. It was SO distracting.
Post # 12
This one is such a toss up for me. Many brides want to capture that moment, but unfortunately everyone has a camera nowadays, so you have your photographers, and then 50 other guest photographers/videographers on the ceremony.
Post # 13
Definitely not rude. In my church, the priest usually tells the guests to refrain from using flash photography because it is a religious sacrament and because it is distracting. I’ve also seen people rope off the aisle so that people aren’t tempted to step into it to take photos.
Post # 14
Not rude at all! In fact, I’m thinking about doing the same thing for my wedding!
Post # 15
I think it sounds like a nice compromise between banning photography altogether and just having a free-for-all.
Post # 16
You could also have the officiant say something like, “The bride and groom request that all electronics, including all cameras and all cellphones, be turned off for the duration of the ceremony.” Basically telling them they can’t take pictures, without actually saying “You guys can’t take pictures right now.”