One of the most memorable days of our existence, wedding ceremonies create some of the most picture perfect moments of one's lifetime. A day in which we are actually encouraged to look our absolute best and to monopolize the spotlight, wedding photos often become closely held mementos to be cherished for a lifetime. That said, there is also something to be said about the social media movement and the fact that camera phones allow your awesome, but non-professional, photographer friends and family to not only take unflattering photos but also to post them online for the whole world to see. Need a way to keep camera phones at bay? Keep reading.
5. Strictly Forbid Cameras
The first tip to help prevent your guests from snapping cell phone photos is to explicitly state that "CAMERA PHONES ARE NOT ALLOWED!" at the wedding and/ or reception. Although this will likely be an unpopular request, informing them of your "no cell phone" policy will prevent them from complaining or claiming ignorance later. Moreover, most will simply oblige, given that they were informed beforehand and don't want to upset the bride.
4. Use Ushers as "Enforcers"
Next, you will use your ushers to enforce this policy. By having several ushers constantly patrolling the crowd for potential offenders, those who were considering snapping a sneak flick will most likely think again.
3. Keep Someone on "Social Media Duty"
Make sure you have everyone's social media handles and task someone with monitoring everyone's social media activity. This way, if someone does sneak a picture and post it online, you can then ask that they remove it.
2. Create (Playful) Consequences
Nobody likes a tyrant, but it's still your day! By threatening to have their infraction blasted over the loudspeaker or even to post an unflattering photo of said person, you will deter many from violating your rules, for fear of embarrassment.
1. Rent a Photo Booth
People love their selfies! In order to encourage your attendees from using their own cell phones, rent a photo booth and allow your guests to snap some photos during the reception that they can take with them when they leave.
Overall, in an age in which everything hits social media before it even hits us, keeping your photos offline can be a difficult task. Nevertheless, if you follow these tips and tricks, you are well on your way to having the camera phone-free wedding of your dreams!