Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade and actress Gabrielle Union created one of the great hashtags for their South Florida wedding on Saturday: #TheWadeUnion. But no one can use it at the wedding.
In a reaction to life in such interesting social-media times, the couple’s wedding invitation (part of it inscribed on wood resembling a piece of a basketball court) lays down several rules aimed at keeping details and photos of the event from ending up on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TMZ. The invitation first appeared on TMZ.
While asking gentlemen to wear black formal attire and women formal white, they make one more request: “Photo IDs will be required for all guests.”
No cell phones or cameras will be permitted “for the comfort of our guests and to protect our privacy.”
Whether they are using the shuttles from an undisclosed Miami Beach hotel or driving themselves to the secret wedding site “45 to 50 minutes south of South Beach,” guests are asked to arrive 30 minutes early to “process through security.”
The intrusiveness of social media at weddings is not unique to #TheWadeUnion, of course. Brides magazine has a simple solution: Include the rules in your invitation and “before the processional begins, ask your officiant to kindly remind folks about the rules.” Unstated is that it might help to have Udonis Haslem or Birdman Anderson as your officiant.