In the continuing spirit of crowd-sourcing decisions, I used social media to post a request for thoughts on the matter. Within seconds someone tweeted,
"I like the name tags idea at your wedding. Helps break the ice; perhaps set tone of inclusive celebration."That's what I thought.
Really, how many times do you walk into a wedding/bar mitzvah and get stuck talking only with people (read: family) you know? How much time do you squander asking the person next to you, "Who is that?" How boring is it to start a conversation with, "Bride's side or groom's side?"*
I envision pre-printed name tags laid out (alphabetically by first name) on a table in the narthex (aka, lobby). The font would be large enough to read from an appropriate social distance, although being able to read it from the pulpit could come in handy. Maybe I should add Twitter handles? After all, a significant number of people know one another -- and met me! -- via Twitter.
Neither Dan nor I will be wearing name tags. If you don't recognize either the bride or the groom, you're probably at the wrong wedding.
* No sides at our wedding. Sit wherever and with whomever you'd like! I'll be sitting with Dan.