3 REASONS TO HAVE AN UNPLUGGED WEDDING
“Unplugged Wedding” – (n) a ceremony (and occasionally a reception) in which no guests are using their devices, especially with regards to taking photos of the big day.
In today’s society, we’ve always got our phones on us. For better or worse, we never have to hesitate if we want to document an experience—we can just do it. So for something as big as a wedding day, why would the rules be any different? Well, I’m glad you asked. Today I’m sharing a few reasons why an unplugged wedding day is really the way to go.
Reason #1: You already hired a photographer.
Being in the photography business, I know we vendors aren’t cheap. And there’s good reason for that—more often than not, we have not only the most up-to-date equipment at our disposal, but also years of training + experience under our belts. We’re there to document your day in a professional way, and to make it look + feel as beautiful as it truly was. If someone is taking a photo on an iPhone (even the most advanced model), it won’t do your day justice in the way that professional photos will. Not to mention when Aunt Lou has her phone straight up in the air during the kiss, it's something more that a photographer has to edit out and it could possibly even hurt your chances of getting quality shots of those bigger moments.
A note here: If you’re thinking about the speed at which you’ll get your photos back, don’t you worry. Many photographers send sneak peeks at least within the week (if not that same weekend), so you’ll have a super quick turn-around there.
Reason #2: It changes the feel of your wedding day.
Everyone can agree that we’re much more present in the moment when we’re “unplugged” from our devices. And oftentimes at weddings, the most important people in your life are right in front of you anyways, so no need to text or update them on your phone. When a wedding is “unplugged,” it brings everyone into the moment and can create some incredible, lasting memories as a result. Strong conversations bloom, hearts are lifted, and stories are made + told, all in the course of one day. It can truly be a beautiful thing when we’re off our devices and completely present to each other rather than dividing our attention, and it’s safe to say most couples want exactly that feeling on their wedding day.
Reason #3: There’s a chance for creating cute décor to go with it!
We’ve all seen them—wooden signs with cute slogans abound at weddings nowadays, especially outdoor ceremonies or receptions. Some even have cute drawings of cameras and cell phones in hand and are written in beautiful script or hand-lettering. So why not have a special one of your own that truly means something to you? Here are some fun ideas for phrases to use when making a sign for your unplugged ceremony:
“Oh snap! We want to see your faces, not your devices. Please put away your phones and cameras until after the ceremony.”
“We don’t want you to miss this! Please turn off your cell phones + cameras until we’re pronounced Mr. & Mrs.”
“Thank you for coming, we have but one plea. Please keep our ceremony camera-free.”
“Though our I do’s are unplugged, our reception is not. Once we finish our first dance, you’re free to take a shot!”
So, whether you + your person decide that an unplugged ceremony is for you, I wish you a magical + memorable big day all the same.