:: How To Politely Inform Your Guests Of Your Unplugged Wedding ::
You’ve invested a good chunk of money on a professional photographer to memorialize your wedding day. There is nothing more frustrating to the photographer then to have a flawless shot ruined by the flash of guests cameras or a guest jumping in the way of what could have been a perfect shot. For you, this means spoiling the memories that otherwise could have been captured of your special day. Also, your guests can get so distracted by photo taking that truly they miss the wedding. There are other much less important occasions when people are asked to stow their phones, at the movies for example, so don’t feel bad about asking guests for the same consideration at your wedding.
Here are a few ways to gracefully ask your guests to stow their cameras and cell phones…
:: Include an announcement on your wedding website :: Be brief and to the point. Say something like, ” Please refrain from using cell phones or cameras. At a time when memories are captured for the first time through technology, we ask that these memories are captured rather through your eyes, heart and mind. Please live in the moment and let our awesome photographers document the magic…and you.”
:: Post a reminder sign at the entrance to the venue encouraging guests to enjoy the day and reminding them that you’ve hired a professional to take care of the photos.
:: Ask the officiant to make an announcement at the beginning of the ceremony. The officiant can do this kindly and/or with humor.
:: You can encourage compliance by offering to share wedding photos with your guests online, an easy thing to do with today’s technology.
:: You may indicate a time when guest picture taking is encouraged. Perhaps you’d like the guests to take candid shots of the reception which they can share with you later.
Just remember, it’s your wedding and you get to set the ground rules however you like!
Did you have an unplugged wedding? We would love to hear how you informed your guests!