How to Enforce a No Video or Pictures Rule During the Ceremony


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Social media plays an undeniably huge rule in the planning process and wedding itself. That being said, there are still aspects of the big day that a bride and groom may want to keep sacred rather than blast out to a network of thousands. So what exactly happens when your hundred-or-so guests, with smartphones in hand, start snapping pictures and recording video? That's where our etiquette experts come in. Here, how to enforce a no video or photo-sharing policy.

We don't want video at our ceremony or reception, so much so that we're not hiring a videographer. How do I let guests know our wishes and make sure they're followed?
Cameras these days are so small that it's so easy to sneak a video even when it's not allowed. Unfortunately for brides who do want to keep their vows sacred and out away from Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and more, it's even easier for guests to go against the grain and post a clip. Enforcing your no video rule can be twofold. One way to prevent unwanted recordings is to have a sign at entrance to the ceremony please that requests guests do not record anything. Another great way to stop the paparazzi? Make it the job of a close friend or family member to catch anyone in the act and go up to them and say something along the lines of: "I'm so sorry, but the bride and groom are asking that there's no filming." This way, you have an extra set of eyes when yours are stuck on your husbands, and, you now have an extra job to give to someone who wasn't included in the wedding party. A win-win, if you ask us!

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