In today's world of social media documentation it's really tempting to just throw out a #hashtag and allow your guests and family members to document your wedding via instagram and facebook. Most people have a natural tendency to whip out their phones at an event for posterity and it's a fact that people simply LOVE to take photos.
However, it's important to keep in mind that people love to take photos for their own memories, not for yours. When you're planning your wedding you're putting in so much time and effort into so many details. Details about presentation, timing, and quality are so important. You have to plan everything down to the minute to make sure that you're maximizing your time and budget.
It's important to remember that all of this planning is just for a day, really only a few hours, and your memory of the day will last far longer than the hours that the event actually takes place.
But even your memory won't last very long.
Think back to a very important event in your life. How many details do you actually remember about that day? Maybe it was a graduation or a birth. Maybe it was a really great vacation or a play. I'm sure you can remember bits and pieces vividly if there was something extraordinary that stood out to you, but most of the details of that day will be lost forever in time.
This is why it's important to have this day, your wedding day, captured by a professional.
You simply cannot remember all of the most important moments that take place involving the people you love.
Weddings aren't just about two people contractually agreeing on spending the rest of their lives together, it's also a family reunion, a joining of two families, and a bookmark of a place in time.
If you trust your friends and family to document the wedding, they will likely be able to capture the walk down the aisle, the first dance, and the cake cutting as well as a few selfies.
They'll likely be poorly lit, grainy, and far away.
They won't be able to capture with high quality the emotion and the expression of those who you care most about.
There are many details that are important to your wedding day, don't forget about the most important one of all: your memory of the day.