Post # 61
I think telling your guests how to behave is extremely rude. I also firmly believe you will not notice on the day if everyone is “present”. And after seeing several friends either have their professional wedding photos lost completely, or hating the shots their pro took, I’d want to encourage guests to take shots. One of my friends actually has a photo I took of their first kiss blown up in their living room because the ones taken by the pro were akward. I took the photo unobtrusively and it’s still their favorite 7 years later.
Post # 62
It’s definitely a ‘To each their own’ situation, but I say if you want an unplugged ceremony then go for it. Just be respectful about it. If we end up having one, we’ll just have the officiant make a short, sweet little announcement asking everyone to put their phones and electronic devices away.
Fiance and I are pretty torn about this because we’d love to have candid guest photos and feel a little uncomfortable asking people to put their phones away, but I’m nervous about my family. I’m 99.99999% sure that several of my aunts will be bringing their iPads for pictures and they are definitely the type to get up and move around for better shots. And while I appreciate that this is something they enjoy and want them to have a good time, I also don’t want them getting in the way of our professional photographer.
Post # 63
I had an unplugged ceremony and was REALLY happy with the decision. It’s not that I don’t like photos or social media (trust me, I’m on it alot). But during the ceremony when I looked out at the crowd, all I saw were faces looking and smiling back at us…really absorbed in what was happening. I felt like everyone was just connected and it was a moment I really cherished.
But to each his own! So I understand if it’s not for everyone.
Post # 64
Vegimoto: This is what I want for our wedding – to be able to see our guests faces as I walk down the aisle and how happy they are for me instead of just seeing their phones.
I don’t think it’s rude to ask people to put away their phone for a 30 minutes and actually pay attention. What’s rude is to be asked to come to someone’s wedding and be on your phone the whole time. You might as well not come and give up the seat for someone who actually wants to be there.