As a wedding photographer, I am often asked about my thoughts on an unplugged wedding ceremony. My honest answer is its completely up to you, I can see reasons for and reasons against. This is where this blog post has originated from I thought I would share those thoughts with you. Alternately its completely up to you as the couple, it’s your day just do what makes your happy. Below I talk more about what exactly an unplugged ceremony is and some things you might want to consider.
First I thought it is important to look at exactly an unplugged wedding ceremony is. Basically, you ask the wedding guest to ‘unplug’ during the ceremony so that they can enjoy it. This means any phones or cameras stay away for the duration of the ceremony and you guest can watch and enjoy the moments and not be distracted by taking pictures and watching the event unfold through their phone screen.
If you have decided that an unplugged wedding ceremony is for you then below I have listed a number of tips to make it happen.
– Ask whoever is conducting the ceremony, this might be a vicar or registrar to make a short announcement to your guests.
– Pop a note inside your invitations/order of service. This does not need to be anything fancy, just that you will be having an unplugged ceremony and respectfully ask them to put away they electronically devices.
– Make an unplugged sign to go at the entrance of the ceremony. Your venue dressers should be able to help you with this. Here is an example of what you could use,
“Welcome to our unplugged ceremony. We invite you to connect with us at this special time. Please, turn off your phones and put down your cameras. The photographer will capture how this moment looks — we encourage you all to capture how it feels with your hearts, without the distraction of technology. Thank you”.
There are of course advantages and disadvantages of having an unplugged ceremony. Below I take a look at some of the advantages.
– In the modern world we live in people have so much on their phone it’s a big part of their life, we are almost conditioned to want to talk pictures at an event like this. By having an unplugged wedding you kind of giving them permission not to use their device.
– You limit the risk of a phone going off and interrupting your ceremony.
– There is no risk of the guests getting in the way of the professional photographer. (This is something which I can work with but it’s nice to know a guest is not going to stick an arm out into the middle of the aisle as the bride is walking down.)
– Guest can enjoy the ceremony instead of worrying about getting the best pictures.
– As the couple you will not have a load of phones iPads cameras pointing at you, clicking, flashing, while you’re trying to enjoy the ceremony.
Below I take a look at some of the disadvantages of an unplugged ceremony.
– Some people live to take pictures of everything. I’ll include my self in this. These guest might be a little upset in being told they can’t take pictures during the ceremony.
– Guest can really capture your wedding in full 360. Everyone has a phone in this day and age, it can be nice to look back on your wedding from a number of different angles and perspective. Even if you have two professional photographers its impossible to capture everything.
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