(Closed) Unplugged wedding

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1040 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Meh! No worries! We’re having an unplugged wedding – I really couldn’t care less what everyone else thinks. You shouldn’t either 😉

Post # 4
4929 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I’m thinking about it! At least an unplugged ceremony, so that no guests are getting in the way of the shots I rejected 50+ churches just to be allowed to take. 

Post # 5
3400 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@ANGELaaimt: Totally agree!

OP: Just have your officiant ask people to refrain from taking pictures during the ceremony. If anybody asks after the fact, just say you hired a professional to take the shots, and you’ll be sure the family has access to them. That’s what I’m doing, but I’m actually not allow pictures during the reception until the photographer leaves (she is only staying until about 9:30pm & my reception lasts until midnight).

Post # 6
2959 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Yes, take wedding photos of the two of you before the wedding. Take groups shots after the ceremony after the guest tottle off to the reception. As for during the ceremony, the photographer should know how to handle that.

Post # 7
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

We asked for no one to take photos during the ceremony. Almost everyone complied. Who cares what everyone thinks? 

Post # 8
278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We’re asking that people not take photographs during the ceremony for the reasons you already listed. We have a lot of hobby photographers in our family, so it could be a HUGE issue if we don’t address it. It’s on our wedding website and we’re going to have the officiant state it before the ceremony. If we decide to do programs, it’ll be on there as well. I don’t think it’s rude, just make sure you say it in a polite manner! If you google “unplugged wedding” you can find tons of sample scripts.

Post # 9
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

For the group shots, everyone should be looking at the person you are paying!  Anyway, I have never been to a wedding where the group shots were attended by the guests; they are usually on their way to the reception.  During the wedding, I am asking for guests to refrain from using their phones to take and upload photos, the reception is okay.  I just don’t want people posting photos of me in my dress before I have the chance.  I know it sounds like I am being a bridezilla, but if I am paying someone good money, I don’t want their hard work to be overshadowed.  My sister posted a pic of me after I was engaged on FB, without my permission, before I had a chance to say anything!  I also want people to be in “the moment” so nothing during ceremony.

Oh, if an overzealous father wants to take pics of his children in my wedding, that is fine!

Post # 11
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@MissParrot:  I don’t think there is anything wrong with getting your officiant to ask that no electronic devices be used. Our wedding will also have no electronic devices, but we are Catholic, so it makes sense to our guests. I mean, no one would have their phone or camera out during a regular mass, so why would they for a nuptial one? In fact, it was our priest’s decision, not ours.

I suppose my point is that many ceremonies do not allow for pictures during them, so your request does not seem odd or rude to me.

Post # 12
8681 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Personally I find it rude especially if the reason you use is telling me how to experience a moment in my life.

Guests like to have photos for their memories so unless you are willing to pay for prints of every single ceremony photo that your guests want then I think it is rude and you should just not invite guests if them ruining photos is of such a concern to you.



Post # 13
224 posts
Helper bee

I’m all for an unplugged wedding. Mine will be. 

My theory is people are way to plugged in these days to begin with, so they can deal without their phone being on, or taking pictues for the short time that I am getting married. 

Post # 14
299 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My photographer brought the unplugged idea up and I don’t feel comfortable telling my guests they can’t take any pictures during the ceremony. Especially since, as a guest, I like to take pictures of the ceremony. What I think we are going to do is ask them to not use flash photography and to keep out of the center aisle. Our church is small and there aren’t too many places for the photographer to go and I dont want guests blocking their view down the aisle 

Post # 15
5189 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@MissParrot:  you can tell your guests not to take pictures but guaranteed they’re gonna do it anyway. It’s an event for them also. If you want a private photo shoot that’s between you and your photographer. As for phones, they should absolutely be turned off during the ceremony. That’s common sense.

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