An unplugged wedding - could this be for you?

Have you heard of an unplugged wedding before?

If not, let me enlighten you.

Picture your wedding day, looking at everyones faces smiling at you (and maybe the odd emotional tear!) as you walk down the aisle or during the speeches. Great image isn’t it?

Now imagine the same scenario, but instead of a bunch of smiley faces looking back at you, you find a sea of phones, cameras and devices staring back. Not quite the same feel?

Also, consider how many images they can unintentially ruin! Stepping out in front of the professional photographer is top on the list. High up on that list would also be another camera’s flash going off at the same as the profressionals camera and completely over exposing the image. These are moments you are going to have again.

But it's what people do...

This may be the case, but that doesn’t mean that you have to allow it. Weddings should ALWAYS be about you. How you want your day to look and feel.

I totally get that your guests want to capture moments for themselves but this has a huge impact on what they will actually get to see? The backs of their cameras rather than you.

I have a challenge for you. Spend an hour taking pictures of your family, or an event. Then spend the next hour trying to relive all the details of everything you have seen and the feelings they provoked. I bet it’s quite limited.

If you were to have actually lived that experience, to have actually watched your family or the event, you would remember and feel so much more. This is the point of unplugged wedding.

Before you know it, your everywhere...

Another huge advantage to an unplugged wedding is not having all your evening guests and a whole heap of unknowns see you getting married before you have even uttered the words ‘I do’.

In this day and age, an image can be snapped and uploaded to social media within seconds. So there is a very realistic chance of this happening…not if they don’t have a device in their hands though!

If you give an inch, people take a mile. You may consider just telling people to keep their phones off during the ceremony. That’s a start! But we all know if we have it on us, we ware likely to use it. It’s just too much temptation!

And now they know...

So, if you do decide to go ahead with an unplugged wedding, you have to be clear to your guests that this is your wish.

Get it on your invites. “Welcome to our UNPLUGGED wedding”. Be clear that this means NO devices throughout the day. You can also have signs up on the day reminding everyone to keep their cameras away. Check out some idea’s on Pinterest

You may decide to allow cameras in the evening. No problem, just be prepared for the paparazzi-esque moment. Remember, they’ve had their cameras away all day and they may want to make up for lost time!

It’s my opinion that unplugged weddings are the way forward. Keep everyone in the moment and away from distractions. Leave it to the professional to work hard on the day and surprise everyone with some amazing memories.

If you’re having an unplugged wedding, congratualtions! I would love to capture it for you. Take a look at my work