I must admit that until I was asked to create the sign below for a wedding shoot, I hadn’t given much thought to the issue of cameras and phones being used by wedding guests. It’s not surprising that this one was made at the request of a wedding photographer.
Personally I haven’t attended many weddings in recent years, however I can completely empathise with the difficult job a wedding photographer may have, snapping those perfect (once in a life time) shots, when there are people with devices (cameras and phones) in the way, in the background or covering the faces of family and friends.
Of course it’s a totally up to the bride and groom whether they opt to ask their guests to unplug from their devices for the reasons above and also, they may not be keen on having their special day shared on social media.
So how do the bride and groom ask everyone to pay full attention to their ceremony, without being insulting? Many choose to include the request in their wedding invitations, or ask their celebrant to make the announcement before the ceremony commences. Others use a sign like these below. I loved designing the artwork and composing the verse. Hopefully I’ve struck a balance of prettiness and firmness, that can be customised to suit any decor or theme.
At the extreme opposite, are couples who decide to embrace social media and actually request that guests use particular hashtags or app codes when they upload photos, so they can browse through them later and perhaps download them as keepsakes. All of the guests can have fun viewing them too. A few have requested that this be included on their wedding signs or have separate signs, just for this purpose. Wedding guests see the special day from all different angles, situations and in amongst various friends and family. So what a photographer may miss, they might capture.
Take it one step further and you could employ the services of a company like ‘Social Playground’ who provide Instagram Printers for your event or wedding. How does it work? Take a photo on your device, upload it then and there using a specific hashtag and wait 20 seconds for it to be printed out. Those photos are also given digitally to the event host or bride and groom.
Way too public for your liking, or don’t want to tell your guests where to put their devices? How about a happy in the middle?
I recall how super excited I was to attend my brother’s small and intimate wedding years ago, and how I momentarily forgot there was photographer in attendance. How embarrassed I felt when I stuck my head in between her camera and the happy couple saying their vows! Well, if I’d seen this, I probably wouldn’t have made that mistake. A gentle reminder to over enthusiastic guests *clearing my throat*.
My own wedding was over 30 years ago when social media and devices weren’t even thought of. I don’t know which way I’d go if I had to do it today. Do you?