Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. (Note: Questions may be edited for clarity and brevity.)
Question: I want to see the photos and video that my guests take of my wedding. Is there a way to encourage that, and while I’m at it, cultivate some fun shots?
Answer: If you’re looking to have your #bestdayever, here are five suggestions to get your creative juices flowing. (Don’t forget to collect all the fabulous photos and videos after!)
1. Hire a photo booth and/or flipbook: Complete with backgrounds and props, vendors who offer these services are typically well-versed in getting everyone’s good sides; they offer ways your guests can share the experience instantly though sites like Facebook and Twitter — and they also provide take-home mementos of the experience.
2. Create a selfie area: From a fabulous wall to life-sized cutouts of the bride and groom, provide something fun for selfies along with a couple selfie sticks or a phone stand and don’t forget a reminder of your hashtag.
3. Print and place social media reminders: From your program to signage and cards to embroidery on your husband’s suit cuff, choose a hashtag for your wedding (there are plenty of websites and articles that offer advice on how to do so) — and maybe even a Snapchat geofilter — and place a few reminders around your space. Word of mouth will spread as posts add up!
4. Provide charging stations: Depending on the size of your reception space, consider setting up a couple tables complete with surge protectors and chargers of every shape and size.
5. Hire a live-tweeter: Get a pro to post photos to Instagram, live-tweet your ceremony, send Snapchat messages and even stream your first dance on Periscope. (Or you could hire a social-savvy friend or family member.)
Do you have a solution to share or a wedding etiquette question? Respond in the comments or email Melanie@MyNewOrleans.com.