An unplugged ceremony is when all your guests simply turn off and put away their devices so they can be fully present during your ceremony. There are so many benefits as to why you should have an unplugged ceremony! Below are the top 5 reasons to ask your guests to put their devices away.
1. Your guests won’t be distracted
Instead of focusing on trying to get the best iphone picture they can of you guys, they get to focus on the actual ceremony. They will be more attentive and the atmosphere and overall mood of the wedding is significantly better. Everyone is there to share the day with you, not be your paparazzi.
2. Your photographer won’t have to dodge phones and arms
Imagine this with me…. you’re in my shoes…. the most important moment of the day is about to happen. You’ve checked your camera settings. You’ve taken test shots and you’re ready to capture the bride coming down the aisle to her groom. You want to capture reactions, variety of angles and every moment of joy and emotion in those few seconds. However, just as everyone stands and the music plays, not one, but three different family members and friends get so excited that they take just one step out into the aisle with their iPhones in hand trying to capture the moment. I’m scrambling. My couple is trusting me not to miss this!!! But now I’m dodging guests who are trying desperately to have a good Insta-story to share. They have no idea that the back of their heads, their arms and their phones are blocking me from capturing the bride and her dad walking down the aisle. It’s honestly one of the most terrifying things that can happen to a photographer during a ceremony… and the hard part is, it can always be avoided by notifying your guests you are having an unplugged ceremony.
3. No accidental phone ringing
If everyone has their phone on taking pictures, there is a good chance that one or two people will forget to put it into silent mode. Mid vows, someones ringtone goes off. As they rustle and panic to turn it off you forget where you were in your vows. The guests are all now looking at the person with the ringing phone rather than looking at you. Having an unplugged ceremony will remind people to turn their phones off and tuck them away before the ceremony begins. This means, less chances of ringing happening during the ceremony.
4. Pictures of your guests smiling
You actually get pictures of your guests reactions and smiles during the ceremony. Imagine 10 years from now looking through your photos. Seeing all your guests with phones and tablets in front of their faces rather than tears of joy or smiles… You don’t want that.
5. Your guests don’t need to document this moment
You have hired a professional photographer to do this. If your guest want to have some prints from the ceremony they absolutely can once you have your images in a few short weeks.
Realistically what are your guests going to do with the iphone pictures anyways? Is Uncle Phil really going to print out an iphone picture of your first kiss and frame it on his wall? probably not. So it isn’t totally necessary. There will be a picture of that first kiss from your photographer and it is going to be the best quality possible.
We are so used to snapping a picture whenever anything happens. But, in this case it is okay for everyone to keep their phones down and just be present in the moment.