Wedding Reception Style: Telling Guests How Table Cameras Work?

Q:

I know most people aren't Ansel Adams when it comes to photography, but I assume they have the basic knowledge of point and shoot. Just in case, how can I clue in my wedding guests as to how the table cameras work? How do I let them know what (and what not) to photograph?

A:

Let's assume the worst: That your wedding guests have no clue how or when to take pictures. Most disposable cameras come with instructions. To be sure, in your finest print (or via computer printer), set this piece of prose down on each table:

I, an honored guest of (couple's name) will take pictures with this camera.
To remember, from this day forward,
For better pictures or worse,
Of myself and other guests,
The dance times and the meal times,
The smiles and the tears,
Till the pictures are no more.
I will use the flash button
According to the instructions,
And when finished, hand it over to (fill in the camera collector's name) at Table (fill in the number of the collector's assigned table).

That's easy enough, right? Now if only there were a poem that would tell them their thumbs are covering the lens....


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My fiance and I are getting married in Maui and know that not all the 200 guests we would like to invite will make it. When we come back home, we are going to have a reception for everyone not able to make the trip. I've read that when getting married away and returning home to a reception, you should only send out wedding invitations to those you know can and will attend the wedding, then send out separate invitations for the reception. We both feel very strongly about sending invitations to everyone and then including (at the bottom) that a reception will be held in our honor when we return. We are afraid that if we follow etiquette, we will hurt people's feelings. Do we follow the rules or do what we feel is right?

by The Knot