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Should you have an unplugged wedding ceremony? this is one of the most popular questions right now! In this blog post I share why I think unplugged ceremonies are important. I’ve had quite my share of ruined moments over the last few years due to guests jumping in the aisle with technology devices (big phones and iPads) even if they just stand in the aisle it tends to really detract from the moment.
Of course, I’d never force anyone to do anything, but I wanted to share my experience with you so you can make an informed decision about your own ceremony!
So here are my thoughts on having an unplugged ceremony, what it is, and how to do it:
Unplugged ceremonies are when the Bride and Groom request that all wedding guests not only put their cell phones and iPads and personal cameras away during the ceremony, but turn them off, and don’t use them AT ALL.
Here are my reasons for having them:
- We live in a digital age now where everyone is addicted to their technology. PLEASE allow your wedding guests to live in the moment. It breaks my heart to see the progression over the years from people enjoying and living in the moment of someone walking down the aisle to just dozens of faces hidden behind their camera phones and iPads.
- Your husband to be probably has the same view down the aisle as I do because I am usually in front of the first pew. Our view as a photographer is usually obstructed by about a dozen of guests reaching into the aisle with their cell phones and iPads. When this happens I have a complete blocked view of the bride walking down the aisle and that is one of the MOST IMPORTANT moments to photograph.
- Your guest photographers might be compromising your hired photographers (my) photos. If your guests are using flash on their cameras, that could very well completely ruin the exposure or shot of your photographer and it’s really difficult to salvage these type of images.
- If you’re getting married in a church, there are many churches that have strict rules for photographers. The most common rule is not allowing photographers past the last pew. It’s unfortunate guests aren’t receiving the same rules as photographers which leads to unusable photos.
Now you know the main reasons why it’s important to have an unplugged ceremony. Here are a few ways to kindly ask your guests to participate:
- Make a cute sign telling them to turn their cell phones off and away (before you even come down the aisle). Put this sign at the entrance to your ceremony space.
- Tell the person officiating your wedding to make an announcement to all the wedding guests. Again, tell them to do the announcement BEFORE you walk down the aisle, otherwise, it defeats the purpose. Many officiant’s will announce this once the bride comes up the aisle but it should happen before. For example: “The couple would like to invite you to be present in their ceremony. Please shut off all mobile and technological devices.” this should be presented before the bride walks down the aisle. This ensures I can capture you perfectly walking up and down the aisle.
Here’s a snippet from the Huffington Post of what you can give your officiant to say:
“Welcome, friends and family! Good evening, everyone. Please be seated. Dan and Jennifer invite you to be truly present at this special time. Please, turn off your cell phones and put down your cameras. The photographer will capture all of the important moments. I encourage you all to capture how it feels with your hearts, without the distraction of technology.”
I hope this blog post was helpful and that it makes your decision making easier! here are a few sunset portraits of this sweet couple!
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