Wedding guests blocking the professionals

Wedding guests blocking the professionals

A new behavior has sprung up in recent years with wedding guests taking pictures and filming video from their iPhones and iPads. This sounds harmless but when that guest steps into the aisle and blocks the professional while the bride is walking down the aisle, it could be a disaster for the couples pictures and film. Ask any wedding videographer or photographer and they will tell you that this kind of thing happens all the time.gues block aisle copy

For me personally, I think this is an etiquette problem in the industry. It seems to have exploded more since the invention of the iPad. The iPad is a much larger mobile device and requires the guest to step even more into the shot to get that picture. Now even grandma is using her iPad at weddings. Many brides and grooms are not even aware of this because it’s not discussed until it’s too late. Couples spend tons of money on professional videographers and photographers and many times these pros are filming behind guests while capturing important moments for the bride and groom.

[sws_pullquote_left]Top 5 Moments Blocked

  1. Bride walking down the aisle
  2. Bride and groom kiss
  3. Bride and groom recessional
  4. Bride and groom listening to a speech
  5. First dance or parent dance


Lately there have even been articles surfacing from the news and popular wedding blogs about “unplugged weddings.” This is when the bride and groom request all guests to turn off their cameras/phones and enjoy the day while letting the professionals do their job. Another thing most guests don’t think about is how easily a flash from their iPhone can completely destroy a priceless moment that the professional photographer was hired to capture. Flash from even an iPhone is very powerful. Now telling guests to turn off their phones/cameras sounds easy but there will always be some that still break the rules. I don’t think guests should NOT be allowed to take pictures, but I understand why couples across the world are starting to request complete unplugged weddings. The next time you’re a guest at a wedding, be aware of your surroundings, know that there may be a professional behind you at anytime. A guest blocking important shots only hurts the bride and groom and we should all put the bride and groom first on their special day. Just like it’s not right to show up to the formal reception with jeans and a tee shirt, it’s not right to block the professionals shots and ruin the couples memories.

Courtesy of D&R Films


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Courtesy of McKenzie Miller Films

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 The ‘I Dos,’ Unplugged

6 Rules of the ‘Unplugged’ Wedding – ABC News
Preventing Guests From Destroying Your Photographs
The Top 5 Reasons To Have An Unplugged Ceremony
Why You Might Want to Consider an Unplugged Wedding



Some couples consider their videography and photography the most important investment when planning their wedding, and the very image they are hoping to see may not exist because of this behavior. There are times when the only angle available for the shot is blocked by a raised iPad or iPhone sliding in from the right and it’s a horrible feeling for the professional because they know how important it is. As a guest, if you do go for that picture or video, make sure you do your part and look around and get right in and right out. If there is a professional behind you, please refrain from taking that picture and leave it up to the professional. It’s what the couple hired them to do. If you’re a professional, feel free to share examples in the comments below. Do you have an opinion about this?

What’s Most Important When Planning A Wedding?

Weddings are huge endeavors, with hundreds of details to work out and they often can become overwhelming for couples to plan. It’s easy to get bogged down with tiny details and forget about the big picture.

So, how do you know what to put at the top of your planning list?
Lindsey, a Pennylane bride from 2012 has an easy answer.

“Do the big things first.

See more of Lindsey’s advice in the video above and make sure to check out our other Wedding Tips for helpful hints on how make your wedding day as stress free as possible.

Watch Lindsey and James’ Highlight “Crossing the Line” here.

Lindsey and her husband James used Pennylane for wedding videography two years ago. They were kind enough to sit down with us and chat about all aspects of their wedding planning experience with our company. Keep checking the blog and our social media sites as we regularly release more short videos like this covering topics like wedding photography, wedding images, how important a wedding videographer is, wedding video pricing, the difference between a wedding videographer and a wedding cinematographer, and more.

Adam presents at Masters In Motion | Austin, TX

Adam presents at Masters In Motion | Austin, TX

Adam Forgione of Pennylane Productions was chosen to speak along side 7 other internationally acclaimed filmmakers at the Masters In Motion Conference being held on November 14-16 , 2011 in Austin, Texas. Other speakers include Vincent Laforet, Philip Bloom, Tom Guilmette, Joe Simon, Khalid Mohtaseb, Jonathan Bregel, and Tyler Ginter. 3 days of intense workshops with some of the best in the world. CLICK HERE TO VISIT MASTERS IN MOTION

Pennylane Workshop US Tour Launched

Pennylane Workshop US Tour Launched
Adam Forgione will be touring the United States in winter 2011. Cities announced include Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Anaheim, Atlanta, and Orlando. Workshops include Mastering Short-Form Weddings, Producing Killer Highlight Reels, and Mastering DSLR Weddings.