As you plan your wedding and browse Pinterest you may run across many articles about “unplugged weddings”. What is an unplugged wedding? An unplugged wedding is when you ask your family, friends and guests to turn off their phones, ipads, cameras and other digital distractions during the ceremony or reception.Focused Guests
When the doors open and you start your walk down the aisle you don’t want to see your guests faces covered by their phones. You don’t want Cousin Eddie trying to figure out why his camera wont work or Aunt Suzie watching you through her phone screen. This is your moment, the moment that you have waited years for and planned for months – don’t let guests be distracted by technology and devices.
Not only will guests be distracting themselves, they will be distracting you. As guests try to get the perfect shot they may end up in the aisle or their hand may be in the way as you walk by. Although their intentions may be good, the last thing anyone wants to do is block your view of your groom OR your groom’s view of you. You get one walk down the aisle, make sure its perfect.
Unwanted Flashes and Distractions
When you choose a professional photographer you are hiring that person to work FOR you. You trust them to capture all your moments and details beautifully. Having an unplugged wedding helps your photographer do their job without distractions. Flashes from other cameras, guests holding up cameras in the background or stepping in front of them, and cell phones can make it challenging to focus in on the emotions of the perfect moment.
This is one that many may not think about. When guests take photos they are almost always instantly posted across social media. And even though your BFF put that filter on it first, it may not be the most flattering or low quality. Make sure the first photos you see of yourself on your wedding day are from your photographer. Nobody wants their confidence knocked from bad lighting or a low quality iPhone pic, especially on their wedding day!
When it comes to family formals at a wedding it is always easier and faster when there is ONE person taking the photos (the hired professional). When other people are behind or off to the side with their own cameras eyes start to wander and family members start looking at the wrong camera. This is especially true when trying to get the attention of little ones. Make family formal time quick and stress free by having an unplugged wedding (you’ll be able to get to the celebrating faster too 😉
There are many ways to inform guests you desire an unplugged wedding. Here are a few trends:
-Ask your officiant to make an announcement prior to the processional.
-Have a cute little note in your ceremony program or invite.
-Display a sign or chalkboard as your guests walk in and find their seat.
And as always, if you are ever a guest at a wedding make sure to be conscious of your technology use. While your intentions may be good, make an effort to be in the moment with the bride and groom, not just experiencing it through a screen or device.
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