If you are paying good money to hire a professional wedding photographer, the last thing you need is to have all their photographs ruined by your guests barging into each shot with their cameras, smart phones and tablets. These days, everyone thinks they are a photographer and it’s so easy to take photographs now with all the new technology available, but that doesn’t mean it should be tolerated at every social occasion.
The term unplugged wedding has been bandied about a great deal recently and it describes the practice of making wedding guests keep their snap-happy tendencies under control at the ceremony, while only the hired photographer is allowed to shoot the scene. This means you get professional photographs of the most important part of the day without a forest of arms and hands wielding smart phones getting in the way and ruining the official photographs.
It pays to discuss this beforehand with your photographer and/or videographer. You need to decide when and where your guests are to be permitted to take their own photographs. Don’t worry about offending anyone. This is your special day and it has probably cost you a great deal of money, so you want the end result to be as perfect as possible – especially the all-important wedding photographs that you will be looking at for the rest of your married life.
So, make the guests sit down and be content to just watch the ceremony and let the photographer get on with their job. You can let your guests have a free-for-all later on at the reception, once all the professional photography is in the can. That way, everyone goes home happy.