Should I have an Unplugged Wedding?
The idea of having an unplugged wedding is fairly new but becoming very popular for many reasons.
It came about after brides started noticing that they’re guests weren’t fully present throughout their wedding day because they were too busy trying to get photos on their phones or cameras.
With how easy it is now for people to simply pull out their phones to take photos and share them on social media, it’s becoming an issue now where people are so worried about missing the photos that they forget that they’re actually missing the moment in real life.
Are you considering having an unplugged wedding? Not sure how to do it?
Below I’m sharing with you what an unplugged wedding is, some questions to ask yourself to help you decide, and how you can make it happen.
What is an unplugged wedding?
An unplugged wedding is where the couple asks guests to completely turn off their cellphones, iPads, and cameras throughout the entire wedding day or just certain parts of the wedding day.
This is normally to ensure that your guests are present during the wedding day to be able to experience and celebrate the day to it’s fullest without them being glued to watching the back of their screens trying to capture as many photos as they can.
It’s also to ensure that your wedding photographer will be able to capture all of the beautiful wedding photos you want without having to work around guests trying to get their own photos.
The Different Ways for You to Have an Unplugged Wedding
- Some couples may just ask for guests to not share the photos on social media but guests can still take photos during the day.
- You could ask for cellphones and cameras to be turned off during the ceremony only or for specific events throughout the day.
- Others might ask for a complete ban on guests using any devices the entire day.
Should you have an unplugged wedding?
Here are a few questions to ask yourself, if you’re still on the fence about having a “no photography” or “no social sharing” rule at your wedding:
When you look out at your guests after being announced husband and wife, do you want to see your guests happy, excited, and smiling faces or do you want to see the backs of their phones?
Do you want your guests sharing their photos on social media before you do or before you can share you wedding photographers sneak peak from your wedding day?
Do you want your wedding photographer to possibly miss some of the important moments of your wedding day if a guests unintentionally steps in front of them and blocks the shot?
If you answered NO to any of these questions then I highly recommend for you to have an unplugged wedding!
Still not sure? Check out this blog post from Huffington Post to see the photos on how not having an unplugged wedding can ruin your wedding photos!
How do you have an unplugged wedding?
It’s pretty easy to be able to have an unplugged wedding. The number one rule is to make sure you let your guests know.
- The most common way to let guests know that you’re having an unplugged wedding is to have your officiant make an announcement to your guests prior to the ceremony starting. If your having part of your reception unplugged too, just have you DJ make an announcement as well.
- You can include a couple of different signs into your wedding decor, asking guests to put their phones away and not share them on social media.
- Include a note in the invitations and on the wedding day itinerary that are handed out to guests to let them know.
Are you worried about guests not having photos for themselves to remember your wedding day by?
Here’s a couple of solutions:
- You can ask your wedding photographer to post an online gallery for your guests to view and purchase prints from!
- You could hire a Photo Booth for your reception so guests can have fun taking photos together and have printed photos to take home with them the same night!!!!
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