Stay Unplugged for the Wedding Ceremony
For my wedding, I hope to have so many breathtaking photos to relive the day over and over again for the rest of my life. I want to show my kids and my grandkids all the beautiful moments from our special day. What I don't want, is to show them photos of my guests on their phones while I'm walking down the aisle, saying my vows, and sharing our first kiss as husband and wife.
We recently met with our photographer and he said, "You will barely get to the altar before someone posts a picture of you on Instagram." Um, hello? Can we please refrain from the need to be the first one to post a photo of the bride in her dress or the first kiss and just appreciate the moment as it's happening in front of you? Not to mention the fact that you're literally in the photographer's way to get these shots on your crappy smartphone when I'm paying for him to be there with the big fancy camera. Do not mess up my wedding photos. Y'all has been warned.
I told him we'd probably make a sign to remind our guests to shut their phones off or at least have them set to vibrate and put away for the ceremony. He mentioned that having an announcement made was probably the best route since people are more inclined to keep off their phones when someone is verbally reminding them ( especially in a church).
After the ceremony, feel free to whip the phones out and take as many selfies, group photos, and SnapChat stories as your little heart desires. I may even come up with a clever and corny hashtag because it's the 2020s and what a time to be alive.