Although it is quite common for couples to request that their friends take as many photos as possible during their wedding day, there are lots of reasons to consider having an unplugged, no-phones-allowed wedding day. Although allowing audience members to take photos at your wedding will mean you have a much larger number of photos of your wedding day, it might impact on the final quality of the images your official photographer will deliver.
For a photographer, audience members with cameras are our worst nightmare. If they're not physically obstructing us from taking a photo, they're distracting the subjects attention, or destroying our photos lighting with harsh flashes, Even when they are in the distance, a photo can be ruined by an onlooker lining up a Snapchat with their phone.
As a photographer, we are obligated to deliver a large number of photos at a high standard. Not only do we have to juggle all our equipment whilst simultaneously organising family and friends of the couple for group shots on a very tight schedule, in the 21st century we have to duck and dodge around amateur photographers on the day in hopes of capturing a high quality image.
When shooting an unplugged wedding, I think I speak for all photographers when I say that we are able to deliver a considerably higher number of high quality images to the client. It is surprising how many images are ruined by audience members who have no spacial awareness during the ceremony and reception. I have even experienced audience members who have explicitly nudged me aside so that they could take a photo from a better angle.
Don't get me wrong, the most important people at a wedding are the bride and groom, and if they want their friends to take photos at their wedding then the photographer has no right to deny them. There is a certain charm to allowing your friends to take candid photos of you and your partner during the day, and although the photos will undoubtedly be of lesser quality, someone might capture a moment that is missed by the photographer. However, it is important to consider the implications of allowing your friends to take pictures at your wedding. At the end of the day, allowing friends and family to capture images at your wedding may destroy the final result of the (expensive) official wedding photography you purchased.