Banning social media – the wedding etiquette
So you don’t want several hundred snaps that you haven’t vetted to be posted on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Google+/Whajamacallit/Thatothersocialmediasite.
Well, we don’t blame you. But how do you ensure your paparazzi guests keep their fingers off the social buzzer?
Short of hiring men in black suits trained specifically on the sound of a camera shutter and the ability to move faster than a teen hot on hashtags, we bring you the top five rules for banning social media.
- Pre-warn your guests. Include a simple request in the invitations that politely informs them that you’d rather they see the day through their own eyes, not through their camera lens.
- Have signs made and hung around your venue that clearly states ‘no social media’.
- Consider dishing out disposable cameras for the snap-happy, then collect, develop and post the final images yourselves.
- Have a wedding website where you can share your chosen images after your wedding for everyone to see and enjoy.
- And if you know of any likely suspects beforehand, give them a call a few days before the wedding to ensure they know and to gently explain your reasons.