In today’s always-on world, our smartphones might as well be extensions of our arms. It’s nearly impossible to envision a social gathering where not a single face is looking down at a screen. You can expect your wedding day to be no exception. While guests may be well meaning and eager to capture your special moments, it’s time to think twice about the innocence of their iPhones.
No Selfies During the Ceremony
As the most symbolic and serious part of your wedding day, consider making your ceremony space a tech-free zone. Your wedding photographs will be the record that you and your loved ones use to reminisce, so think about how you’d like to remember your wedding day. Do you really want your guests to be buried in their phones in the background of your images? From arms outstretched down the aisle to get a shot of the bride’s grand entrance to the rounds of flashes competing with the photographer’s lighting, your guest’s devices pose a big threat to the quality of the images you’ll receive.
Hiring a wedding photographer is likely one of the biggest investments you’ll make for your big day, so don’t be afraid to kindly ask your guests to leave the snapping to the professional.
Our smartphones are ideal for escaping uncomfortable social situations, but they also act as a blockade for any potential bonds. Weddings are rare occasions when folks from a variety of friend groups are brought together under one roof, united by a mutual support for the couple. Wouldn’t you like to see your guests becoming new friends, rather than scrolling through the tweets of their own? Facilitate conversations by asking that your tables remain free of smartphones, and even offering print outs of trivia or fun facts about you and your partner.
Yes, smartphones can interfere with your guests acting and feeling fully present at your wedding, but they aren’t all bad. Especially if you decide to use a wedding hashtag, they offer more of an opportunity than ever to collect memories and see your wedding through the eyes of your guests. It’s just a matter of finding a balance of encouraging your guests to share in the celebration and share about the celebration. After dinner is a great time to lift any bans and encourage picture taking. To get your guests started, request a Polaroid selfie rather than a signature for a guestbook and designate reception areas that are perfect for posing.