These days social media is a big part of peoples daily lives, with many people posting images that document their day to day lives; so why wouldn’t they post images from a momentous occasion like a wedding?
Many people probably wouldn’t even think twice about posting a photo from a wedding but more and more brides are opting for social media bans, and in some cases unplugged weddings altogether. These brides want an emphasis on living in the moment and want guests to enjoy the day through their own eyes not their phones, cameras or tablets. These brides don’t want their first glimpses of photos from the day to be poorly lit phone images taken at inopportune times, which more often than not are the kinds of photographs that end up on Facebook. Not only do brides want to keep the magic that comes with seeing and sharing your professional images, but social media bans provide them with a way to preserve the privacy of the most important day of their lives.
As a photographer I can see the benefits, brides invest a lot into their wedding photography and seeing hundreds of amateur images on social medias could, for the happy couple, dilute the specialness of the professional images. Many brides adopting this new trend are happy for guests to share images after the professional photographs have been shared, which in a way is a win-win for everyone.
So what do you think? Would you impose a social media ban on your wedding, or is asking guests not to post photographs a bit of a bridezilla move? I’d love to hear your opinions!