The #1 Mistake Made at Weddings
In the days leading up to the wedding day and planning everything from deciding on colors, cake flavors, catering, rentals, who sit’s where, and so on, there’s probably one aspect of your wedding day that you haven’t planned for and that’s having an Unplugged Wedding. You might have heard this term before but it’s really simple and only takes a few seconds to address the issue. Let’s break it down.
So, What is an Unplugged Wedding?
Basically an Unplugged Wedding means that you ask your guests to be truly present in the moment with you two, during your ceremony by turning off their phones and cameras and waiting to take photos once the entire ceremony and congratulation hugs are over.
Why is it So Important?
Most people don’t realize it until it’s too late and they receive their images from their wedding day, only to find that during the ceremony there was a sea of iPhones and YES even iPads blocking all the important shots, (I’ve seen it more often than you think). The first kiss photo? Ruined. The bride walking down the aisle? Ruined. Not only does it ruin photos but it ruins the whole experience!! Imagine your soon to be husband can’t even catch a clear view of his bride as she walks down the aisle because guest are holding their phones recording. Imagine your mom is trying to figure out how to record a video on her phone and get the zoom to work, and she misses you wiping away your tears as your husband declares his vows to you.
In The Moment.
Not only does having an Unplugged Wedding help with distractions but your guests will be free to immerse themselves in the experience that you’ve spent months planning. They will be more likely to listen, remember, and engage in a heart-felt way, with your whole ceremony experience! Repeat after me : There is nothing wrong with asking people to turn their phones off and be present for the most important 15 minutes of your life.
How to Go about It.
There are a few ways to go about this, first you can mention it on your website if you have one, something along the lines of “We invite you to be truly present at our ceremony, and respectfully request that all cameras and phones be turned off.”
Secondly, you can have an Unplugged Wedding sign at the ceremony location (look at Pinterest), or if you have a program you can have it written in there.
The easiest is to simply ask whoever is marrying you to announce to put phones/cameras away, while they are asking everyone to take their seats before the ceremony even begins! Let them know that after the ceremony and celebratory hugs they are free to take as many photos as they’d like.
Sharing Your Images with Your Guest.
Let it be known that you’re more than happy to share your professional images with your guests after the wedding day. I personally send over a few sneak peaks the next day to the bride for her to share on social media. Also, once I deliver the final Image Gallery, they are more than welcome to share the whole gallery with friends and family through a link!
Having a Photo Booth or even instant cameras makes for a great way for your guests to have instant memories to take home with them.
Don’t let iPhones and large tablets ruin some of the most special memories of your big day. Everyone is always happy to comply and are able to enjoy your ceremony THAT much better!