There’s been a lot of talk lately on forums about unplugged weddings… but what are they and why am I recommending having one? Have you been to a wedding recently and noticed just how many iphones & ipads are out during the ceremony? Have you ever thought about the fact that those people are not truly watching and absorbing the ceremony and the atmosphere that you have created for your day? In this age of technology where everyone wants instant access to visuals, its great to just truly be in the moment. As a photographer, not only does it sometimes interfere with your shots…
but please- not this! For my clients privacy I have with her permission, used images from Corey Ann Photography as well to illustrate my point. My clients would never see these images- they are firmly in the reject pile. Cory Ann’s full article can be read here… Now I’m not saying that this needs to be during the whole day… just your ceremony. The part that should be the most meaningful, the commitment you are making in front of your family and friends… the part you want those people to witness with not only their eyes but with their hearts. That can’t happen while watching a screen.
So how can you do this?
A sign in the ceremony space like this… which you can buy on Etsy at Design Smith Paper Arts Or you could download this free one here!
As well as a sign, your celebrant could make an announcement just before the bride arrives… we personally used these ideas at a recent family wedding. I LOVE the images our photographer took of people actually engaged in the ceremony- they truly melt your heart to see the expressions on the guests faces.
I invite you to be truly present at this special time. Please, turn off your cell phones and put down your cameras. The photographer will capture how this moment looks — I encourage you all to capture how it feels with your hearts, without the distraction of technology.
So that’s it… there’s really no negatives to having your wedding ceremony unplugged- I say go for it and see what your guests have to say afterwards. I guarantee they’ll thank you for it later!
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