One of the most interesting new trends at weddings is the banning of social media and cell phones. Some electronic-savvy guests might be questioning this choice to unplug, while others fully embrace it. What are some of the reasons to consider banning social media posts or cell phones? And how does a bride do it without offending certain guests?
1. Cell phones are a distraction from the wedding: If someone is texting, tweeting or snapping selfies at your wedding, they’re not likely paying attention to the ceremony. This can be a bummer for the couple to see after months (or years) of wedding planning. Another annoying distraction is hearing a chorus of buzzing or ringing of phones for people who forgot to turn their phone off, possibly at a key moment of the ceremony.
2. Smartphone photos can ruin your professional photos: With almost every guest owning a cell phone—and many taking constant photos—it’s hard to get photos of the ceremony without cell-phone clad arms in the way. This can be a real nuisance for your professional photographer (and could be a physical barrier for the bride making her way down the aisle). Another con is the fact that cell phones might eventually date your photos as technology changes in the future.
3. Real-time posts might steal your thunder (or privacy): Some brides simply want say in what wedding items go up on social media, which is impossible with cell phones around. If you’re a private couple, or desire control over what people who aren’t attending see online, you may want to consider requesting guests to refrain from posting.
If you think banning cell phones or social media posts is the right decision for your wedding, you have several options to alert your guests. Before guests show up, you can explain your choice on your invites or wedding website. At your ceremony, you can post your instructions on a nicely designed board, include it in the program and have your officiant mention it as well. If you’re doing a full cell phone ban for the ceremony, you may want to collect cell phones outside the venue for guests to collect afterward. Make sure to reiterate the specific reasons you made this choice, and apologize for any inconvenience it may cause.
Also, be clear in your instructions to guests. Do you want a full cell phone ban (none allowed in), cell phones silenced, or a social media post ban? Is it just for the ceremony or for the reception as well? Your guests may be less miffed if you’re clear ahead of time and in explaining your requests.
with love & style from: Sandy D. (bridal blogger extraordinaire)
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