In a surprise move in todays society there seems to be a new divide in what is deemed socially acceptable – the use of smart phone technology at weddings.
Whilst one side of the argument embrace new technology and are positive about well wishers, and party participants to capture and share everything, the other side is banning the technology all together.
Local wedding planners are somewhat caught in the middle when it comes to advising couples of new age do’s and don’ts when it comes to social media protocols for weddings.
Snapchat Ups Its Game
Rising social network Snapchat revealed more of its four million Australian users are making their own location-based photo filters to announce their parties to the world, but at the same time brides and grooms are banning smartphones from their weddings to prevent “phone face”.
Guests, it seems, must read event invitations very carefully this year.
Snapchat launched its latest addition in Australia quietly and the company revealed thousands are now buying On-Demand Geofilters daily for events including weddings, engagement parties, baby showers, and birthday parties
The photo filters can be customised with people’s names, images, cartoons, or locations, and only appear as a photo option within Snapchat’s app when users are physically inside the party’s boundary.
Perth student Jemma McFarland said she set up a Snapchat filter around her house when she held her 21st birthday, and set its design to match her party invitations.
“I didn’t tell anyone (about the filter) until the day of the party and I don’t think they had seen it before so they were all quite surprised,” she said.
“It’s just a way to use social media to celebrate your event. My party was small so it was just something cool and a novelty.”
Ms McFarland said she had also seen the technology used at a baby shower, and expected more filters to pop up in her friendship group as more people turned 21.
But not everyone is a fan of selfies, hashtags, and tweets at parties.
Wedding Couples Standing Firm
Brides and grooms are increasingly issuing smartphone bans during their big day to keep their guests looking up and stop “phone face”.
Country singer Randy Houser said he banned phones from his nuptials this year to prevent “pictures of people in the background at the wedding with phones in their faces”.
And New South Wales Southern Highlands photographer Thomas Stewart’s efforts to stem the trend went viral when he posted a photo of a groom leaning over to see his bride obscured by phone photographers.
Mr Stewart said guests regularly ruined wedding photographs by standing in the way with their smartphones and advised couples to “tell everyone you’re having an unplugged ceremony” in invitations.