I often ask my clients if they are considering having an unplugged wedding ceremony. Most people answer they are not sure what that means, or else they have no idea how to do it. I’d like to explain a little more about them, some of their benefits, and how you can easily ensure one for your big day.
What is an Unplugged Wedding Ceremony?
Everyone these days has a camera in their pocket, residing on their cell phone. Cameras on phones have come a long way, and people naturally love to take photos and videos during their friends and loved ones’ wedding days. While most of the time these are fun and awesome keepsakes to have, problems can occur when people use their camera phones during wedding ceremonies. Married couples pay thousands of dollars to professional wedding photographers to have their wedding days preserved through photos. Wedding ceremony rituals can happen in the blink of an eye (think ring exchanges or the big kiss) and hands quickly popping up with cell phones can easily block or mar the images of a carefully-placed wedding photographer positioned behind them.
Several of my wedding clients have opted for an unplugged wedding ceremony. This means that couples request their guests put away their cell phones during the ceremony. This significantly lessens the chance of a guest blocking the wedding photographer’s view, and also prevents distracting glowing screens from cluttering the final images. Not only that, but it actually ensures that the guests are giving their full attention to the ceremony itself, not playing with phone settings.
How to Have an Unplugged Wedding Ceremony
Many people like the idea of an unplugged wedding ceremony, but they have no idea how to coordinate it. There are many simple ways to ensure one for your ceremony. Some of these options include:
~ Have your officiant make an announcement that you would prefer all guests keep their phones and cameras off so as to enjoy the ceremony undistracted. Have the officiant offer that the images from your professional photographer will be shared with guests at a later date.
~ Post a sign in your ceremony venue with your request. You can either buy a chalkboard sign and handwrite, or purchase one on Etsy. Some options include: “There’s a girl here taking pictures. We asked her to come. So please rest your cameras. Our ceremony needs only one.” or “Welcome to our unplugged ceremony. Please turn off all cell phones, cameras and any other device and enjoy this special moment with us. Thank you!” or “Welcome to our unplugged wedding. We invite you to be fully present with us during this special moment. Please, no cameras, cell phones or other electronics until after the ceremony. Thank you!”
~ Alternatively, you can add your wording or request to the ceremony program that each guest receives when entering your venue. Try a Google search to find wording that is right for you!
So you see, having an unplugged wedding ceremony comes with several benefits, and is very easy to do. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!
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