THE FLIP SIDE: TAKE YOUR CEL­E­BRA­TION OFF­LINE

Pre­fer to go low-tech, min­i­mize so­cial me­dia, and avoid the glare of 100 touch screens in ev­ery photo? While you can’t ex­pect guests to leave phones at home, you can en­cour­age them to dis­con­nect. Some pro tips:

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1. Put it in print

“An el­e­gant so­lu­tion is to add a note in the cer­e­mony pro­gram,” sug­gests Ju­lia Lake, owner of North­ern Cal­i­for­nia– based Ju­lia Lake Par­ties. A note on your wed­ding web­site is good advance warn­ing, too.

2. Choose your words wisely

Sim­ply stat­ing “turn off cell phones” can be un­com­fort­ably blunt. “Re­mind guests that go­ing off­line means be­ing more present,” says Shira Savada, our Real Wed­dings ed­i­tor.

3. En­list author­ity

“Ask your of­fi­ciant to make a quick, friendly state­ment just be­fore the cer­e­mony be­gins,” sug­gests Diane Gotts­man, na­tional eti­quette ex­pert and owner of the Pro­to­col School of Texas.

4. Be clear about so­cial me­dia

Be­cause there are many cou­ples who ac­tu­ally en­cour­age pic­tures, posts, and tweets, state plainly that you don’t want to have your wed­ding shared on­line, Gotts­man says.

5. Give alternatives

“Go old-school and set out in­stant cam­eras so that you have tan­gi­ble photos with­out the tech,” sug­gests Savada. “Or go su­per-retro, with dis­pos­able cam­eras, and see what de­vel­ops af­ter your hon­ey­moon!”

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