Your big day is finally here, and you’re walking down the aisle. Your heart is racing, and you can’t wait to see how he looks in his tux… but wait…. where is he? You can’t see him past the multitudes of people standing and peeking over the aisles to get a pic on their cell phone. And sadly, he didn’t get to see you as you entered the ceremony for the first time in your beautiful dress. And Aunt Sue was so busy trying to get the phone to work that she missed how you actually looked in that dress that she actually helped you pick out.
The moment is gone. There is no rewind or replay button. Could this have been avoided? This is why and more brides are now opting to have an unplugged wedding.
According to Fstoppers “an unplugged wedding is when you ask your family, friends and guest to turn off their phones, iPads, cameras and other digital distractions during the ceremony or reception. The purpose is to allow the hired wedding photographer the chance to capture the wedding as efficiently and perfectly as possible without possibly missing key shots caused by obtrusive guest photographers.” In addition it is also a chance for your beloved guests to be in the moment with you, to possibly also be captured as they watch and celebrate you down the aisle.
If you’re still not convinced, check out this post (that was actually a Facebook rant) by Thomas Stewart Photography highlighting the need for an unplugged wedding. http://www.yourperfectweddingphotographer.co.uk/article/23-photos-runied-unplugged-wedding/
Here’s some important tips to get you started :
- Decide whether you want to have an unplugged wedding. You may come across some resistance, so this must be a solid decision on your part. Personally, I think it should only be unplugged during the ceremony and formal photos.
- Have a well worded and beautiful sign that will be seen by all guests as they enter the ceremony area. You can also add a little note on your invitation so that guests will be warned in advance. For ideas, check out Pinterest on unplugged weddings.
- Before the ceremony begins, have someone make a sensitive announcement highlighting the bride and groom’s request and their desire for the audience to be part of the moment with them.
- Coordinate with your photographer beforehand. Most people want to take photos on their phones to post on social media that same day. Hopefully there is a way to have a few preview photos done that is available right away for social media.
Just as your wedding day is a celebration of love, have an unplugged wedding out of love. After all, that’s why most people have to have their phones out, it’s their way of trying to preserve this moment in time forever. Just gently remind them that you’ve got it all covered and being there in the moment with you is even more important. Contact us for wedding vendor suggestions, including great photographers!
Marjorie, Bridal Consultant