Maggie
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Faux Pas or Nah: Taking pictures during the ceremony?

Maggie, on February 26, 2019 at 11:05 AM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 0 70
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How do you feel about guests acting like the ceremony paparazzi? Do you think it’s fair game to snap a quick pic if the couple hasn’t explicitly stated it’s an unplugged ceremony? Or do you think it’s always distracting, rude, and in the way of the professional photographer?

Is it wrong to snap a couple pics during the ceremony or no? Faux pas or nah?


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  • Summerbride77
    VIP July 2019
    Summerbride77 ·
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    I think the trick is here is respecting the bride and grooms wishes and not getting in the way of the photographer. If the couple asks you to put your phone away, put your phone away.
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  • MOB So Cal
    January 2019
    MOB So Cal ·
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    After daughter was in a wedding where there wasn't a single professional picture of the bride & her dad walking down the aisle or of the couple at the altar that didn't include multiple guests' phones/cameras/i-pads, she and SIL said ABSOLUTELY no guest photography during the ceremony. We received a little pushback from some family members when we first started to spread the word, but after sharing the "best" photo of daughter's friend and her dad that includes two women standing in the aisle with their cameras IN FRONT OF THE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER ruining what should have been a beautiful, sentimental picture and telling the family member we expected her to respect B&G's wishes, we didn't hear anything else about it. We're still waiting on the full set of pro pics, but in the sneak peek there wasn't a single camera/phone visible!

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  • MOB So Cal
    January 2019
    MOB So Cal ·
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    Duplicate post edited out....

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  • LB
    Champion November 2016
    LB ·
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    PUT DOWN THE PHONE.

    Faux Pas.

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  • Brittany
    Super October 2019
    Brittany ·
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    We're requesting an unplugged ceremony for the reason PP mentioned. I've been to a wedding where guests were completely in the way of the photographer. They were really in the bride/grooms face during the ceremony and first dance. It was awful and I felt so bad for the couple.

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  • Danielle K
    VIP June 2019
    Danielle K ·
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    Faux Pa. If there is a photographer there then you are a part of the pictures not a picture taker!

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  • Mrs. H
    Master September 2019
    Mrs. H ·
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    Do NOT take pictures during the ceremony. I'm not paying a professional thousands of dollars for you and your iPhone to ruin a beautiful shot.

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  • Alexandra
    VIP June 2019
    Alexandra ·
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    Faux pas, especially if the couple requests no phones/cameras! We're having our officiant make this simple statement at the beginning of the ceremony and we hope everyone respects our wishes!

    "Our bride and groom have asked that you please take a minute to turn off your cell phones and put down your cameras. The photographers and videographer will capture how this moment looks – I encourage you all to capture how it feels, without the distraction of technology."

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  • Formerbride
    VIP June 2019
    Formerbride ·
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    Faux pas. I have never felt the necessity to whip out my phone during a ceremony!

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  • JustKidding
    VIP April 2018
    JustKidding ·
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    FAUX PAS!!!!

    PUT YOUR DARN PHONE DOWN! I was so upset to see pictures of the ceremony after we asked for unplugged. We asked that you be in the moment, not looking at us via your phone. But at least they never showed in the pro pictures.


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  • Maggie
    Champion October 2025
    Maggie ·
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    Oh man, that is such a faux pas. Smiley sad I'm glad that your family accepted your daughter's wishes and that it's looking good so far!

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  • Maggie
    Champion October 2025
    Maggie ·
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    Oh man, that is not cool. Give them some space! Do you think you'll have any push back or people who try to sneak a picture?

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  • Danielle
    Master June 2019
    Danielle ·
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    Honestly, I never thought about the unplugged ceremony idea until I attended one. I have been in the past one of those guests that took pics with their phone (although I didn't stick my arms out into the aisle). But I can definitely see why couples are choosing to go unplugged, so I'd say its faux pas to be a cellphone paparazzi.

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  • Nemo
    VIP August 2018
    Nemo ·
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    We had a sign and had our pastor make an announcement, but we still had people take pictures during the ceremony, and yes...you can see them in the professional pictures of the processional. I was pretty disappointed.

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  • Rachel
    Super May 2019
    Rachel ·
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    As long as they're not walking into the aisle and blocking the photographer, I don't care. And maybe put the phone on silent so I don't get distracted by the camera noise. Personally, I want my guests to just sit back and enjoy the day, but if they want to snap a photo or a video of something during the ceremony, that just means more photos for me later! But don't get in the way of the photographer or videographer.

    Half of our guests are photographers, models, TV hosts, etc. They know the rules and also really respect privacy. I don't think we will have to worry about this at all.

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  • Nikita
    VIP April 2019
    Nikita ·
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    I hate when people do this. To be fair, I also hate when people watch any life event through a camera including concerts, dates, etc.

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  • Gen
    Master June 2019
    Gen ·
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    If the couple hasn’t explicitly stated otherwise, I think it’s fine to take a photo or two as long as you aren’t being disruptive (standing up, leaning in the aisle, using flash, etc). I went to a friend’s very small casual wedding and noticed she had a photographer but no video... I didn’t have a chance to ask her if she cared about having a video but I figured she might, so I filmed their ceremony on my phone... I was being SO careful not to get in the way of the photographer or other guests, that the angle I got wasn’t great lol. But she was very grateful to have any video documentation (and I’m sure equally grateful that I was very subtle and not disruptive of the photographer or other guests!)
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  • Abby
    VIP March 2019
    Abby ·
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    Honestly, I think as long as they are being discreet about it and are not getting in the way of the professional, then I don't care whatsoever.
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  • Chandra
    Master May 2019
    Chandra ·
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    Major Faux Pas!!!!! Even if there isnt a sign....I dont do it.
    I've seen too many people jump up for photos and hinder other guests views for pics.
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  • Tara
    Master May 2020
    Tara ·
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    Definitely a faux pas! If I’m paying for a professional photographer then put your phone down. I’ll definitely be having an unplugged wedding.
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