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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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We’ve been both blessed and cursed with technology that makes it possible for us to share information with everyone — and to do so instantly. Table cameras may be a thing of the past, with everyone able to take photos on smartphones and posting them for the world to see. But technology always comes with its downsides.

A Hudson Valley bride asks: I’m eagerly awaiting my wedding day and all the events that come before and after it — and, of course, I will love to see as many photos and videos as possible. Here’s my question: I’m concerned that some of our guests may not exercise good judgment with what they photograph, how and where they post them, and how they might be altered.

I’m not being paranoid. It’s just that, at the last wedding I attended, photos were all over Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook before the bride had an opportunity to see them. Perhaps under the influence of a bit too much to drink, the postings were less than flattering and a few were downright nasty. Altering an image of a pole dancer by Photoshopping the bride’s head on the stripper’s body was horrifying to the newlyweds. How can I protect myself against this happening at my wedding? Can I ban cellphones and cameras?”

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Tying the knot shouldn't put knots in your stomach, so whether you're the blushing bride, hubby-to-be, or even a wedding guest, The Wedding Guru Judy Lewis can answer all of your wedding-related questions.

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