Nothing messes up a fantastic wedding photo more than a guest in the middle of the aisle during your first kiss or a flurry of iPhone flashes during your first dance. And while you’d hope your wedding guests know to stay out of the way of your professional photographer (you know, the one with the really nice camera and a bunch of lenses strapped to their back!), that isn’t always the case. So what should you do if a guest is getting disruptive? Our experts spoke with a wedding photographer for her insight into keeping camera-happy guests out of the frame.
You’ve paid good money for your photographer, so make sure you’re getting the most out of their services! “Guests do sometimes get caught up in the moment,” says photographer Kate Headley. “The best thing you can do is be proactive. If you want any part of your wedding, especially the ceremony, to be unplugged, mention it early and often.” She recommends including it on your wedding website, printing a note in the programs and even putting a sign at the entrance to the ceremony asking guests to put away their phones and cameras.
Still worried about wedding guests getting in the way? “Give your planner, and even your bridal party, the power to ask guests not to tap into their inner paparazzi,” Headley continues. “Ask them to do the crowd control for you.” This is especially helpful during portraits and family photos, where they’ll be nearby and available to ask guests to move out of the way. During the ceremony, your photographer will be able to quietly ask guests to sit or move as they come down the aisle to nail the perfect shot of your vows.
At the end of the day though, leave any worries to your photographer! They’re professionals and have handled it all before. “Trust your photographer to be funny but firm in asking guests to step out of the way of official shots.”