People, put your damn phones away at your friends' and family's weddings. Instagram later. Tweet about how lovely the ceremony was on your way home. And, dear Lord, please leave some of the picture-taking to the photographer who's paid to be doing it.
Phone-addicted wedding guests can be annoying for everyone involved, if only because you kind of want to shake them and say 'LOOK WITH YOUR EYES, LOOK AT THE LOVE, NOT YOUR INSTAGRAM FILTER OPTIONS'. But they're actually causing major irritation with the wedding photographer world.
One photographer, Thomas Stewart, has had enough, and has written a superb rant arguing the case for unplugged weddings.
"Right, I've had enough," he writes. "I want to talk to you all about guests using mobile phones / cameras at weddings. I want to plead with you, and I'm going to make this very simple: brides and grooms, please have a completely unplugged wedding ceremony."
He then goes on to break down how people waving their phones about often ends up ruining the professional shots the bride and groom have paid for, explaining that guests have no idea how to stay out of a professional photographer's way.
Plus, says Thomas, all the screen-watching kind of puts a dampener on the wedding itself.
"Imagine you're in the middle of your wedding ceremony," he writes. "You're elated. You decide to take a quick glance towards your guests as you're sure they're sharing these happy moments with you, possibly even shedding a tear of their own. What do you see? NO FACES AT ALL AS THEY ARE ALL HIDDEN BEHIND PHONES AND CAMERAS! I highly doubt this is the way you want to remember your wedding ceremony.
"And guests, you've been invited to this wedding to share and celebrate the love that two people feel for each other. They didn't invite you along to take photographs that they probably won't really look at anyway.
"They want you there with them in heart and soul, and they want to see your tear-filled eyes as you form part of their wedding ceremony. You are witnesses to their marriage, so for goodness sake, watch them with your eyes and your minds, not your phones. "
BRAVO TO THIS MAN.