Q: In what order should they be?
Should they be lined up as to the importance they play in my life,
or should they be lined up according to their height for the aesthetic value and visual presentation?
A: Let's look first at the "importance" factor that these individuals play in your life part of the question.
As we think about this for a moment, we soon realize that everyone you have selected to be in your wedding party plays an important role in your life. Otherwise, they wouldn't be in your wedding party, right? So, it's unlikely that you'll want your dearest friends and family to feel as if they are important to you within some specific or limited pecking order sort of way.
The fact is, they are all very significant and important to you in their own special and unique ways. One is not better or more important than another, they are simply beautifully different. Yes? Yes!
So how can your beloved family and friends be presented as more valued than another without creating a most unpleasant and awkward undertone that will likely create hurt feelings? You can't...it's that simple.
Another way to view this is, can you imagine throwing a dinner party in which everyone invited was lined up in order of importance and relevance of a perceived value. Now, can you image from their perspective how much they would enjoy themselves at your dinner party? That's right, not very much at all. So then, why should your wedding celebration be any different?
Each person should be made to feel loved, honored and appreciated as a whole and spared the needless indignities of some outdated and irrelevant protocol. A wedding celebration is all about honoring love and valuing each other for who they are. Keep that in mind throughout all of your planning arrangements and you'll always know just the right thing to do. Just think with your Heart and you'll always get it right.
My recommendation is:
Go with the neutral aesthetic approach.
This is the most fair and loving way to deal with The Wedding Party Line Up issues.
If you are aware that perhaps someone within your wedding party is sensitive about there height, let's say in this instance, someone is short and they may still have emotional buttons about it.
Then arrange the line up in such a way as to make their height The Aesthetic Focus during the Wedding Line Up, turn it into to something special, made it a positive contribution.
There are a number of ways to achieve this. Ask your wedding photographer for ideas and techniques. They will be able to offer many wonderful suggestions to you.
Aside from that fact that you have likely paid out a good sum of cash for a professional wedding photographer and their artistic skills, by all means, utilize them. In fact, ask your photographer to attend the wedding rehearsal and to give their artistic input about the wedding line up arrangements and to coordinate with your wedding officiate in order to get the best possible shots throughout the entire ceremony from the processional to the recessional.
By taking this approach you'll get the best possible photo opportunities and everyone in your wedding party will feel that they are an important contributing factor in the success and beauty of your wedding, which is one of the reasons they accepted your invitation in the first place, right? They want only the best for you both. Be sure to return that loving intention to all that attend your Wedding Celebration without limitation and you'll have a madly successful wedding celebration.
Have a blessed and beautiful wedding ceremony!
Copyright © 2012 My Life's Precious Vows and Celebrations
How to Crowdsource Your Wedding Photos with Instagram It’s crazy to think how much technology has changed the way we interact with our weddings. I’ve only been married a few short years, but thanks to iPhones and…well, let’s face it, iPhones, the landscape now is completely different than it was then. In some ways this is not so great (ever been to a wedding where the guests spent more time recording the ceremony than experiencing it?) and in other ways, it’s kind of awesome. In the time since we ran our first ever How To DIY Your Wedding Photography post, advancements in technology and user-friendly social media platforms have made wedding photography even more accessible than ever. So today I’m excited to introduce Mallory, who crowdsourced her kick ass wedding photos through Instagram. And she wants to show you how.
Crowdsource Your Wedding Photos (With Instagram)
Early in our planning, we agreed that we didn’t want hundreds of posed wedding photos. Flipping through years of pictures, the candids always transport us back to the moment the picture was taken. Our favorites include amateur snapshots taken by family and friends with cheap digital cameras, iPhones, and even a few wind-up disposables.
So we decided to crowdsource our wedding photos.
I was in the middle of launching a project at work, using a mix of social media tools to compile photos from students at my university. And then it hit me—we could use this same idea for our wedding! And so project “Instagram Our Wedding” was born.
You will need these (free) tools:
• Instagram mobile app
• Predetermined wedding hashtag
• Online photo storage site
• Account on ifttt.com
• Several wedding guests with smart phones
From there you just have to:
1. Download the Instagram mobile app on your smart phone device. For noobs, Instagram is a (free) social, photo sharing app. You can take pictures, add cool effects, and share them with your friends. It’s like your Facebook newsfeed with pictures only. Drink the kool-aid, hipsters.
2. Choose a wedding hashtag. Just like Twitter, Instagram filters pictures by using “hashtags.” For example, our tag was #pbwed. So if you were to search #pbwed on Instagram, you would find a boatload of lovely photos taken at our wedding by our beloved guests. (Tip: before you begin, search for your chosen hashtag to make sure no one else is using it.)
3. Decide where you want to store your photos. It’s best to use pre-existing accounts to save yourself some hassle. A few options include: Dropbox, a Facebook page (not profile), or Flickr account. In the next step, you’ll perform some wizardry that will automatically upload your Instagram photos to your photo storage site.
4. Create an account on ifttt.com or, “If this, then that.” First you will activate “channels,” which will include Instagram and the photo storage options you chose in step #3. Basically you are linking your existing accounts to the site.
Next you will create “recipes,” which will create a chain reaction. For example, we created two recipes for our wedding:
IF THIS [wedding guest tags a photo with #pbwed on Instagram],
THEN THAT [photo automatically uploads to preexisting Facebook wedding album]
IF THIS [wedding guest tags a photo with #pbwed on Instagram],
THEN THAT [photo automatically uploads to preexisting Flickr album]
Be patient with ifttt.com. It took us a few test photos before we got it right. (Tip: you must link your accounts before you create the recipe/s.)
5. Share your genius plan. Soon after we announced our engagement, we created a wedding-themed Facebook page to share updates with our friends and family. We gave simple instructions, “Help us document our wedding! Snap pictures of celebratory gatherings, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and our wedding ceremony using Instagram. Tag with #pbwed.” We also included the instructions in our wedding program.
It was awesome to see our wedding day from multiple perspectives. We have photos documenting all of the celebrations leading up to our actual wedding day. We were able to spot new friendships forming and what our guests enjoyed at our party. Our guest list was small, but we ended up with 263 photos from Instagram alone. Sure, they’re a little blurry and unfocused—but to us, they are treasures reminding us of the love and laughter we shared that day. If you are looking for a way to supplement your professional wedding photos and keep your guests engaged—give this recipe a try!
Instagram from Mallory’s Wedding
Article Source: A Practical Wedding