Cell Phones at a Wedding: Can I Ask My Guests Not to Post to Facebook?

One bride worries that photos from her wedding — even unsavory ones — will appear on social media before she gets a chance to see them



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The Wedding Guru says: I don’t think you’re being paranoid. I too have seen inappropriate photos on the Web. Protecting yourself will not be easy. You can do so informally by talking in advance to those guests that you are concerned may be offenders. Explain to them that you would really like to see the posts before they go out online and explain that your older relatives, all of whom have Web access, will be really unhappy with inappropriate postings.

If you feel strongly about this issue, you can include this note in your invitations: “For the privacy of our guests, please, no photos.”

Unfortunately, the very same guests who will be the offenders may also be those who are sure that you aren’t referring to them. At one reception I attended, the MC began the party by asking that all the guests turn off their cell phones. You might try that too, but there is no way to be absolutely sure that any of these ideas will work.

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Congratulations — you're involved in a wedding! Tying the knot shouldn't put knots in your stomach, so whether you're the blushing bride or hubby-to-be, an attendant or a guest, Wedding Guru Judy Lewis can answer all your need-to-know questions about your nuptials.

Judy Lewis is the founder of HudsonValleyWeddings.com, the one-stop resource for services and products, promotions and specials, a Regional Bridal Show schedule, Wed Shop, and links to money-saving and wedding-related Web sites. In her spare time, Judy loves to compose poetry and create collages. She currently resides in Kingston with her husband and business partner, Jon.

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