Do cellphones have a place at weddings?
There’s no denying that we can do almost everything with our cellphone. You can take a picture or video, change the background, lighting and add any special effects. But is it polite to use your cellphone when you’ve been invited to a wedding?
The same question came about when I was assisting a colleague in deciding the printwork for her wedding. We started addressing the issue of cellphones. She did not want her guests taking pictures or videos with their cellphones. But the next question was how to tell them and be pleasant about it? Would we be witty about it or straight to the point?
“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.”
Whatever the wording, in an age where everyone is looking to immortalize every single moment of their lives through their cellphones we 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 catching just the right moment not paying attentions 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 cellphones ready to take the first shot. The bride and groom walk in unable to lock eyes with their guests 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