Top Tips Tuesday: Social Savvy Vs Unplugged Wedding…
One thing that you may not have thought about yet when it comes to planning your wedding is, to what extent do you allow your guests to use social media? Of course, here at The Wedding Affair we love social media we’re the hosts, and originators, of #WeddingHour – the UK’s most popular hashtag hour! We see so many engaged couples and industry professionals sharing ideas, booking meetings, and connecting worldwide; we love how Twitter has become such a powerful tool. Not only that, but with all our social media platforms updated daily, The Wedding Affair is truly social media friendly.
While some couples encourage their friends and family to snap as many photos as possible throughout the day, others are asking their guests to shut off their camera’s and phones for the day. There are understandably strong arguments on both sides.
Here at The Wedding Affair we do believe it does come to a point where its time to switch of and just live in the moment, remember that it is your day, it is sentimental and there are personal moments which you may only want the photographer to capture, whether you choose to broadcast the whole day on social media or have an unplugged ceremony/day, your guests should respect your decision.
Unplugged Wedding Ideas…
Many more couples are telling guests to switch off and enjoy the moment, totally embracing the day. The trend for an unplugged, or technology (i.e phone and IPad) free wedding is becoming more and more and popular – and it’s one trend which we can completely understand.
An unplugged wedding may be great for you if you want to rely solely on your wedding photographer to take photos of the wedding day. This may remove any added stress of guests uploading photos of you on social media during the day, which you may not have chance to look at.
Another reason why you may want to go along with an unplugged wedding, or choose to tell your guests to turn of devices in the ceremony, could be that the mobile devices and technology could ruin what would have being a perfect or memory/ picture of you walking down the isle. The last thing you will want to see is your guests faces hidden by cameras and phones.
In most cases, just asking your friends and family to switch off technology during the day just will not be enough, but it is entirely reasonable to ask your guests to switch off for the ceremony. Here are some really simple ways to get this message across so to make your life easier we’ve gathered some of the easiest ways to have technology free celebration/ceremony:
1. Include it in your invites or wedding website
Give your guests advance warning and politely point out in your invite or wedding website that you’d love if all guests could go phone, camera and IPad free for the ceremony.
2. Include it in your wedding program
Whether you have or haven’t listed your preferences on your invite, it’s no harm to include it again in your wedding program or order of service, just to kindly remind your guests to respect your wishes.
3. Signage & Chalkboards
Signage or chalkboards are definitely the prettiest way to encourage your guests to stop texting and Instagramming. Why not check out our fabulous wedding stationery suppliers, who will be able to create something bespoke that will discretely fit into your day.
4. Be clear what you mean by no technology
Be specific so that there’s no misunderstandings. By tech free or unplugged do you mean no phone usage at all or just no social media updates/posts?
5. Share your professional photos with everyone afterwards
Most of your guests mean no harm whatsoever taking out their phones and cameras, they simply want a memento of the day. Assuring everyone they’ll get a few pictures will make putting down their technology so much easier. Make sure to chat to your photographer about this beforehand and ask for lots of guests photos, to keep them involves within the celebrations.
6. Put someone in charge
The last thing you want is this being your job on the day. Instead put one of your bridesmaids or groomsmen in charge and ask them to politely remind people that phones and cameras shouldn’t be used before they take a seat.
7. Have a Photo Booth
If you’re going the whole way and really don’t want any technology throughout the whole day a Photo Booth is a nice option that allows guests to have some photos of their own, they can even double up as favours.
8. Get your celebrant to make an announcement
Saving the most effective for last. Before the ceremony starts ask your celebrant to make a short announcement asking that no technology is used until you and your new husband or wife has left the ceremony.
Social Savvy Wedding…
On the flip side you may want to encourage guests to use social media as much as possible. This could be a great way to show people who couldn’t attend what is happening and keep them included in the festivities of the day! Encouraging guests to use social media can also be a fabulous way to get your guests meeting new people and to keep both the party and conversation flowing, proving great to keep every one entertained during the drinks reception and the photographs.
Another benefit to encouraging guests to take photos is that they can capture moment which the photographer may have missed out on, or get different angles on a beautiful photograph, giving you more photos to cherish.
Here are our tips on how to encourage guests to be the most Facebook friendly, but social savvy guests on your wedding day:
Why not create a special hashtag for the day/ upcoming events to the day. This could be used on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This way your guests will be able to share and upload images on the day/ before and after the day. (Just make sure the bridesmaids don’t post any of the bride/groom before the ceremony!!) Why not use signage to promote your hashtag on your day, include it in your website, and on stationery to make the most out of social media?
2. Include Your Guests Right From The Very Start…
Keep your guests informed right from the very start if you are planning to have a social media friendly wedding, a website may be the best way to do this. When designing your stationery put a web address on which has more information about the day, put information on the website such as the order of service, information about accommodation, transport and any requirements you expect from your guests.
Social media savvy brides and guests can turn to Snapchat to document their day. By sending photos and videos, brides can create a montage to share with their Snapchat friends and family. Include your guests in the fun by customising your own filter that will temporarily appear on the app within the physical location of your wedding venue, this will be loved by all ages, we guarantee!
4. Live Streaming
Undoubtedly you will have friends and family from all over the world, some unfortunately will not be able to attend your wedding. Why not ask your wedding coordinator to live stream your ceremony or certain parts of the day, this could be done for example through Facebook Live, or Periscope. That way everyone can be included and still be able to celebrate your special day with you.
5. Photo Fun
Another form of entertainment which your guests will love is the use of a Photo Booth or selfie station, guests will then be able to share photos through social media with your special wedding hashtag. Why not put a few selfie sticks on each table for guests to be able to capture the day with.