For anyone who has not seen today’s XKCD comic, take a look below:
This exact concept has crossed my mind when planning mine and Nick’s wedding – do we ask people to use a hashtag for instagram? Do we get a photobooth? Or eliminate both to encourage people to really “experience” the ceremony and reception?
My current thoughts lean towards saying yes to the hashtag but no to the photobooth (see my reason in a previous post discussing what I did and didn’t like from a recent wedding):
“I’m going to go out on a limb here and have a surprising (even to me) observation – I was actually happy that there WASN’T a photo booth! Normally I am all about the photo booth, as I even mentioned above how I hate when all the little chitlins hog it. But what I noticed from this wedding not having one was that, since there was nothing to distract people, everyone was actually on the dance floor. I really felt like the reception was more cohesive without adding in the extra layer of something to do.”
On the flipside, I do like the hashtag for a couple of reasons.
1 – Unless you take away people’s phones, you won’t stop them from taking pictures (and if you DO take away their phones, or “unplug” your wedding, I think everyone would just be pissed).
2 – I want to see all my guests’ pictures in one cohesive collection. I’m not worried about unflattering pictures of myself being posted, there are plenty of those out on my Facebook already that I posted myself.
3 – I know the photographer will be focused on the happy couple and the bridal party, so I don’t want to miss all the pictures of my guests having fun too! I’m a sucker for a great candid shot and I’m sure the guests will provide a bunch.
At this point all of these thoughts could change a hundred times before the wedding, but for now I think it makes sense. Tell me what you think!