(Closed) Unplugged Wedding…

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Unplugged Wedding! Vote!
    YES! Don't even bring the camera to my wedding! : (9 votes)
    4 %
    YES!...But bring the camera out for the reception. : (98 votes)
    46 %
    No Way! Photographers and guests can co-exist! : (102 votes)
    48 %
    Take all the photo's your heart desires, we don't have a photographer. : (4 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    2949 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    We’re planning on doing an unplugged ceremony which we shall notify guests about via our website and the signs and programmes at the ceremony. We’re getting married in a church and want to comply with their understandable request for it to be treated as a sacred space. They can click away at the reception Wink


    Post # 4
    1041 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    My photographer actually requests that we ask our guests to go unplugged. We’re going to have a sign, a note in the programs, a link on our wedding website about why it’s a good idea, and have our officiant make an announcement.


    of course, I was explaining all of this to my grandma, and she’s convinced I don’t mean it to apply to HER… Should be entertaining πŸ˜‰

    Post # 6
    514 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I trusted my guests to act appropriately with their photo taking during the ceremony/reception.  We made no announcement, and it was fine. I would be annoyed if everyone was getting up and wandering around to get a better during the service though!!

    Post # 8
    1345 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

    We’re encouraging our guests to take pics and post them on Facebook because they’ll capture things that our photographer isn’t able to capture. Our guests are adult enough to know not to step into the aisle.

    Post # 9
    11356 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    We did not have an unplugged ceremony, and we had no problems whatsoever. Professional photographers and wedding guests with cameras have co-existed successfully for many decades, and you may risk offending some guests by issuing this prohibition. I think the vast majority of wedding guests would understand the fact that they should not do anything to disrupt the ceremony or to block the access or view of the professional(s). Any exceptions likely could be handled on an as-needed basis by someone whom you identify in advance to address any interfering activity.

    Post # 10
    3265 posts
    Sugar bee

    For a ceremony I don’t love it, but I can understand a little bit more.  But for the reception I think it is absurd.

    Unless you want your photographer to ignore you, and going around taking pics of groups and pairs of friends I think it’s rude.  People often get together with people they dont’ see often at weddings, and want to get a shot of “school friends” or “family groups” and if they can’t take pics that is very selfish.

    Post # 11
    8379 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I had a friend who took a lot of pics during the whole wedding, and she actually captured some shots the photographer missed! I never even noticed her either.

    Post # 12
    5221 posts
    Bee Keeper

    This topic always brings about strong debates. I don’t care what someone wants to do for their ceremony or reception, and I will comply with whatever they want. However, I think it screams ” controlling” to a certain degree and I have to laugh when I hear that photographers insist on unplugged weddings. Any photographer worth their salt knows how to handle guests with cameras. Also, photographers do not care if granny is in the shot. Like any other business man or woman, they’re thinking about the bottom line. If no one can take their own personal photos and the only photos are those caputured by the photographer and put on a password protected website… then someone is going to pay for a proof or two to keep. They’re banking on the fact that not only will you pay them for their services, but family members and guests will, too.


    Post # 13
    1285 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’m a wedding photographer.  I can see both sides.  

    My professional opinion:  Guest cameras do not interfer with our cameras. Majority of the time we are  not allowed to use flash during the ceremony anwyays, so guest flashes will not mess with our professional flashes.  If we are allowed to use flashes, my flash is powerful enough to  drown out cheap guest cameras.  I personally do not se a lot of guests using cameras in churches anyways.  Just as the bride is walking down the isle, that’s about it.  If guests get in the isle to get the shot of the bride/groom or whatever, I do what I can to get in their way or get them out of my way to get MY shots for my clients, seeing that I am the one getting paid. I’ve politely told guests to get out of the isles so I can get a specific shot or told them that they are ruining the bride/grooms pictures standing where they are standing.  They usually understand that I am the professional and I need to do what I need to do.

    My personal opinion:  I love photographs.  I’m not going to stop people from taking pictures at our wedding.  Our famiy loves taking and sharing pictures also.  We are just asking that no one posts and tags pictures on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter until the day after the wedding, and not as the wedding is happening.  We want them to enjoy our wedding instead of posting, posting, posting all night long.  They can do that at home.  Click away! 

    Post # 15
    1041 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @Brittanyg20:  LOL!  I told her that she would get a copy of every single pro photo!  She’s convinced that they will miss something, and she can do better πŸ˜‰  Love her, but she’s stubborn as a mule.

    Post # 16
    379 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @Brittanyg20:  We thought our officiant did a wonderful job of asking for a halfway “unplugged” ceremony. We didn’t put up any signs or anything in the program, but after he did the invocation, he told the entire congregation that they had the chance to take a picture of us. He stepped out of the way and everyone snapped away. When they were done, he said no more please. It worked out beautifully!

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