If you don’t have a camera on you at all times, you are definitely behind the times. Almost everyone has a cell phone and almost all cell phones have cameras in them, which makes it oh so easy to snap a picture anywhere you go – even at weddings. So should wedding guests feel free to snap away and upload photos to Facebook? Definitely not.
Unless the bride and groom have given the okay in advance, wedding guests should respect the happy couple and not share photos of them on Facebook during the wedding, like during the ceremony and even the reception. Many guests forget they were chosen to be on the invitation list and asked to join the celebration – their “friends of friends” were not.
That’s said, it’s okay to take pictures of yourself and the group you are hanging with at the wedding. Maybe you got all decked out and want to upload some “selfies.” Find a great backdrop and take all the pictures you want. The key is to not steal the bride and groom’s thunder by taking tons of pictures of them and showing them to hundreds of strangers on Facebook while the wedding is going on. Some of them may even be friends that didn’t get on the invitation list. You wouldn’t want to stir any trouble.
If you are the bride and want to gently ask guests to follow this photography etiquette, feel free to post on your own Facebook status, perhaps a day before, that wedding photos will be shared upon return from your honeymoon. Another idea is to buy disposable wedding cameras and have them at each table. You can add a message on place holders thanking guests for not “leaking” photos of your big day on Facebook, and instead invite them to take pictures of friends and family. Disposable cameras are also a great way to capture more candid photos of loved ones that your designated photographer may not get around to, like parents, grandparents, and distant relatives you only get to see at very special occasions.
A wedding day is a special day and lots of thought goes into finding the perfect photographer who will take lovely photos of every moment, for the bride and groom to share with family, friends, and Facebook.Pin It