Years ago… back when I lived in Montreal and had a really bad job at a business news publication, I called in to the CBC noon hour call-in radio show. They were asking what our favourite Christmas movies are. Easy question right? Well I froze – I forgot the name of the movie and then tried to explain it by saying  “It’s that Canadian movie, I think, you know, on television every year… with the angel and that famous actress – I forget her name (Mary Steenburgen)… The kids die, but they don’t and then an angel comes and saves them…”

It was a train wreck – they had no clue what I was talking about and the call ended just like that. 

ONE MAGIC CHRISTMAS!!! How could that explanation not help?

I swore I’d never call in to a radio station again… but email… hell ya! Today’s Maritime Noon was Wedding Etiquette in the digital age which is my thang. I couldn’t help myself… I was tapping down my thoughts before the news had even ended and here is what they read:

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I believe the best investment for your wedding is hiring a good photographer. However, that being said, the day is about celebration and having fun – which is why social media – especially Instagram is great AFTER the ceremony and portraits with the paid photographer.

When it is all over, the couple can experience the reception through the lens of their guests and not only the photographer.

As a photographer’s assistant I have seen disrespectful guests with and without smart phones in their hands but as a wedding invite designer, I encourage the couple to share a common hashtag – it’s a great way to unite the event.

If the couple sets a good example from the beginning with proper etiquette then the guests should follow suit. Cash bars, e-invites, Facebook and announcing the registry on your invite are all becoming more popular, which breaks my heart!

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Who’s a wedding snob? It’s me! At least the expert guest from The Knot agreed with what I said. Amen.

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

Photo by me (and my SMART PHONE) of Shannon at work.magic f

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