Unplugged weddings

September 07 • 2012

No pictures during the ceremony<br><a href=http://www.audrabayette.com target=_blank>Audra Bayette</a>

The big day has finally arrived and you’re walking down the aisle. As your sweetheart beams, you steal a glance at your wedding guests. They’re smiling too, but you can barely tell because their faces are obscured by a sea of smart phones and cameras. As the ceremony gets under way, your loved ones bow their heads, their eyes fixed on tiny LCD screens as they tweet your wedding and post pictures to Facebook.

These friends and family members may have RSVPed “yes” to your special day, but are they really there?

Meet the “unplugged wedding,” brides’ and grooms’ response to digital overload. Couples are (politely) asking guests to ditch the devices and be fully present, especially during the most intimate moments of the day.

For some couples, especially those who haven’t hired a professional photographer, all the picture snapping can be fun for your guests and give you a fuller record of the day. But consider the benefits of asking your guests to unplug:

  • Your friends and family will remember your wedding by how they felt, rather than by the photos they took while distanced by a viewfinder. You’ll remember the emotion in their faces, instead of distracted expressions illuminated by glowing screens.
  • You’ll likely be more satisfied with your professional photos. Your photographer won’t have to worry about snap-happy guests blocking the aisle, getting in the way during special moments or marring the light with camera flashes and red beams.
  • You won’t have to worry (as much) about unflattering images winding up online for all the world, including random high school classmates, to see. Even if your professional shooter captures a few images of double chin or awkward facial expressions, no one else has to know.

Let your photographer know you’re planning an unplugged wedding. You may be able to arrange to make a small selection of images available for guests online soon after the wedding, which can help to satisfy their impulse to document the big day.
Ask your officiate to make an announcement at the ceremony. Or make a note on your program or print out cards explaining your choice to go unplugged. Check out Offbeat Bride for actual wording and templates you can use.

What’s your take on this trend? Are you planning an unplugged wedding?

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