Do cellphones have a place at weddings?
There’s no denying it! We can do almost anything with our cellphones. We can take a picture or video, change the background and lighting, and add any special effects. But is it polite to use your cellphone at weddings?
I was asked the same question by a colleague. She was due to get married and asked me to look over her printwork. Everything was fine except for the signage regarding cellphones. You see, she and her husband-to-be did not want their guests taking pictures or videos with their cellphones. But they didn’t know how to convey this message to everyone. So the dilemma was how to tell their guests and still be pleasant about it? Could they be witty or was it best to get straight to the point? Some cute phrases came to mind, like:
“The bride and groom would love to look into your eyes and see your smile,
so cellphones can be put away for a while.” or
“A professional photographer has been hired,
so that cellphones could be retired.”
In an age where everyone is looking to immortalize every single moment of their lives with their cellphones we, the wedding planners, find guests missing out! They miss out on the fun and emotion of celebrating a magical day with the bride and groom. They become too involved in adjusting the lighting on the screen or holding their cellphones up waiting to catch the right moment that they lose track as to what is going on around them.
I see it all too often! Before the bride even walks into the church the guests have already armed themselves with their cellphones ready to take the first shot. Their arms shoot up as soon as the music starts. The bride begins the nuptial walk. She looks to smile at her guests but is unable to lock eyes with anyone because they’ve all positioned their cellphone devices in front of their faces. A magical moment lost!
It’s almost as if they were on a mission! They are unable to notice what music is playing in the background. Music that was chosen to set the perfect mood. Unable to appreciate the flowers lined up at the aisle. Flowers that were selected to embellish a beautiful church or garden. Because they are too focused on catching a close-up of the bride or groom. In the meantime, a professional wedding photographer hired by the couple is zigzagging his or her way around these guests. The wedding photographer finds elbows, shoulders, and hands popping in front of the camera. The perfect shot lost again!
No one wants a guest who’s more interested in their technological devices than sharing this moment with them. My suggestion to you is to leave cellphones in your pockets and handbags. Besides, a wedding photographer will do a far better job in taking the photos!
Enjoy watching the bride and groom walk-down-the-aisle, listen to them share their vows, participate in throwing the confetti, and just have a great time celebrating! They can later enjoy watching the photos delivered by the wedding photographer where they can see their guests smiling faces or emotional tears. A photo they will cherish!
Photo by Nabis Wedding Photographers
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