Why should you have your guests put away cell phones on ceremony?
You have probably been to many celebrations and as you may know we all want to keep and preserve memories. Your guests might not really know it, but they could be ruining a special day coverage that you paid for by getting on the way. Here is what we have noticed on many events and how you can avoid it.
1. Close family members are the ones who tend to get on the way the most. They tend to be on your face with their cellphone or worse their tablet, trying to get either pictures or video specifically on the special moments, such as rings exchange, vows or bride entrance, but not limited to those. If you have hired a professional to cover your event it is wise to let your family members know. Don't forget to let them know that once you get your video or pictures if you hired a photographer they can always get a copy. It will be a lot nicer and you won't have your aunt trying to snap pictures on the video while those special moments are happening.
2. Not announcing before ceremony to turn off or put away all devices. It will only take a few moments to announce it and it might pay off as everyone will be notified including family members or invited guests by your family members that you might not know personally. It is also worth saying that they should be there to experience your special day and ceremony and not be on their devices. This will also help on them trying to snap pictures specially while the bride is going through the hall as you don't want a big iPad getting on the way.
3. Last, but not least at the reception. It doesn't happen as often, but sometimes you will see someone recording the first dance really close almost on their faces. Lets remember that the dance is about the couple and you definitely don't want an extra person on your video or pictures later on. It is also wise to announce for all parents to take care of their kids while the activities happen so that a videographer or photographer won't run on to them. Plus you probably don't want kids running around on your first dance.
Hopefully this tips will help you on getting a smoother day at your event and make life easier for those covering it, as we can only do so much to try to avoid such problems. It's nice to get a nice video and pictures where your guests are actually into the ceremony or first dance rather than into their devices. Thanks for reading and as always happy event planning! :)
Photo provided by Braulios Photography.
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