You may be considering asking your guests to refrain from taking pictures - but your worried you may offend someone, what should you do?
Creating an "unplugged" wedding ceremony is a wonderful thing. Before smartphones and iPads took over our time and attention guests would actually sit back and enjoy a wedding ceremony. They would be part of the joining of the couple in marriage.
Today everyone has a camera in their hand and at the ceremony they are all looking to "get that shot". Trust me, I understand, it's exciting and you want to document it and send those amazing photos to the couple. But let us think about this...
If we ask the guests to put down the camera's, cell phones and recording devices and to actually bear witness to your wedding ceremony. The ceremony that you took such care to create, the time you spent making sure the wording was just right. Then when the professional photographer takes those photos it will include your guests emotions and reactions - not just their face covered with a cell phone. It will document that awe inspiring moment that they saw you walking down the aisle and their reaction to the grooms face. It will capture their happiness and joy as your pronounced husband and wife.
So I say, take the time to create an unplugged ceremony.
Write a note on your wedding website to include the wording "We are honored to have you all as witnesses to our vows and the beginning of our marriage. We invite you to be truly present at our ceremony, and respectfully request that all cameras and phones be turned off. We look forward to sharing our professional photos after the big day!"
-oh and if you have doubts, just google "guests cameras ruined ceremony" those images will certainly persuade you to at least consider it.