A hot topic recently among couples and photographers is whether or not to have an unplugged ceremony.
There are many photos going around where the Bride has walked down the aisle and the guests all bring up their phones or ipads / tablets to capture that first look of the bride.
I have been at a few weddings where this has happened, and guests have been discreet, capturing a photo then put their phones down to enjoy the ceremony. I have also attended weddings where all the guests crowd the isle making it difficult, not only for the photographer and/ or videographer to capture the bride and her father walking down the aisle but the groom is unable to see his wife to be, over the top of guests trying to get their photos.
My advice to couples on having guests take photos is to let them take photos. I would suggesst a couple of things to assist your photographer and videographer -
1. Ask your celebrant to announce before your ceremony, if guests could please refrain from taking photos while the bride walks down the aisle
If your guests can refrain from taking photos just while you are walking down the aisle, this will help your photographer and your videographer capture the moment and allow your future husband to watch you walk down the aisle without having to try and look over and around people.
As a photographer, working with a videographer, I am always very mindful of where I am standing so I am not standing in the way of video for important moments. Unfortunately guests are generally not aware of cameras and can stand in the way of the professional photographers and videographers who you are paying to capture the moment for you.
2. After you sign the registrar and have a couple of official photos, have your celebrant ask "If guests would like to take a photo, come up and take one now"
This is good for a couple of reasons, It gives your guests an opportunity to take a photo and they wont be trying to lean in front of the photographer or hold up their phone during the ceremony waiting for you to look their way. This allows your guests to get a photo of you looking and smiling.
3. Ask your guests to refrain from posting anything on social media until you have been able to post the first photo.
We will give you a couple of photos within a few of days of the wedding, so you can post professional photos on social media as the first to be seen by anyone, especially those who didn't attend the wedding.
4. Have a #tag and ask your guests to #tag any photos taken on the day. This allows you to see all the photos taken by guests.
The only other time of the day when I will ask that photos not be taken by guests is while we are doing the family photos, this is so that when we have a group of people, they are all looking at 1 camera instead of looking in many different directions.
This is a little advice from me, It is good for guests take photos during the day. I have actually had guests ask me to take a photo of them using their iphone!