I’ve blogged about having an unplugged wedding before, but I just want to reiterate, since it seems to be getting worse and worse. In this blog, I’m going to tell you why you should have an unplugged wedding.
Reasons Why You Should Have an Unplugged Wedding
- You have a professional photographer.
You hired your photographer for a reason: To capture the story of your wedding day. Your photographer—provided you hired a PROFESSIONAL—is well-versed in wedding photography. He or she will be able to capture everything and tell your story better than your friend with an iPhone. And here’s the thing: you and your photographer can share those photos with all your guests, so they can have the important photos they wanted.
- You want your guests present at your wedding.
You invited your closest friends and family to your wedding. There is a reason why they are there. You want them to witness and share in this special day with you and your fiancé. You definitely don’t want them looking at a screen the entire time. That’s not why they’re there.
- You don’t want to step on the toes of your photographer.
When you have a professional there taking photos, he or she is not standing in one place. They are standing by the top of the aisle to capture the procession. Then, they run behind the wedding party to get the photo of the groom/bride when they first see their fiancé walk down the aisle. Then they run behind the bride to see when she’s given away. Then they’re all over the place during the ceremony. Then they have to run and get the all-important first kiss. If your photographer has to also dodge guests and their phones and cameras, they’re not going to be able to do their best job.
- You don’t want the photographer to miss your first kiss.
I’ve had a few couples have to reenact their first kiss because their guests all wanted to capture it themselves. It creates extra work and takes away from the other pictures you’ll want to get with your family and wedding party.
I could go on forever about why you should have an unplugged wedding. These are the reasons that stand out most to me. We can have signs and your officiant can announce it just before the ceremony. Also, my suggestion is not to be unplugged throughout the entire day. My suggestion is to be unplugged for just the ceremony. Have your family and friends go nuts at the reception!