An Unplugged Wedding
There are many benefits of an unplugged wedding. I am sure at one point, you have gone through a friend’s wedding album and realized how a couple of shots were ruined by guest photography. Many times we photographers have to get around guests at a wedding and this makes our work very hard. However, it’s not just us photographers who benefit from an unplugged wedding, there are plenty of reasons why you should consider it too.
Why Go Unplugged?
It Makes It Easier for Your Guests to Listen and Interact More
Mobile phones have become a huge distraction nowadays. And there is nothing more disappointing for the bride and groom than seeing your guests’ faces glued to their screens the entire time. But a no-phone policy ensures everyone is attentive.
Professional Wedding Photography won’t Be Compromised
With everyone out of the way, your photographer will be free to switch up angles and find the best lighting.
Everyone’s Privacy is Respected
We have all been victims of amateur photography. As you scroll through Facebook or Instagram, you may come across pictures of a wedding event where you look terrible. This is what happens when everyone is allowed to take photos. As a photographer, before editing a picture, it’s my responsibility to ensure everyone in it looks their best.
Tips on How to Make the Most Out of an Unplugged Wedding
Of course, as great as this trend is, not everyone will be thrilled by the idea of an unplugged wedding. Here’s how you can make the most out of it and ensure your guests are happy.
You Can Limit the Unplugged Part of Your Wedding
Because it’s a fairly new trend, you don’t have to go 100% unplugged. You can only request your guests to put down their phones during certain times such as when making vows or cutting the cake. Furthermore, arrange with the MCs and maids of honor to ensure everyone adheres. You can also put up little signs and posters to remind guests to put their phones down.
Set Up a Photo Booth
It’s a norm for guests to go home with some photographs as a way of remembering special occasions. For an unplugged wedding, you can ask the photographer to set up a photo booth. This way your guests go home with photos and don’t have to take them during the ceremony.
Have a Sharing Plan in Place
For starters, your photographer should be able to send a sneak peek a couple of days after the wedding. Once all the pictures are ready, send them to everyone who attended.
The hardest part of an unplugged wedding is by asking your guests to keep their phones away. However, if you ask politely and make them understand, they will agree. You can kick things off by including an unplugged notice on the wedding invitation and program. The MC or priest can also make this announcement before the event starts.
Sample of polite notice
I kindly request that you leave your phones in your purses and pockets, relax, and enjoy the freedom from snapping away. Celebrate the wedding without phones or cameras.
We want you to be able to relax and have fun with us! My shooting style is documentary so I need to capture you having fun! With this in mind, I invite you to put down all your favorite devices and just be present in the moment. Please leave your camera in your bag (I will be the photographer and will ensure all aspects of photography are covered!), and put your cell phone on mute (we promise they’ll call you back!).
“The greatest gift you can give during the wedding day is to be truly present, so please turn off all phones and cameras and enjoy this special moment with us.”
This is how your photographer can politely request your guests to put their phones away on your special day. You may not have realized it, but guest photography is a photographer’s worst nightmare. As your friends and cousins stand up in the aisle to capture pictures with their iPhones, little do they know they are blocking the photographer’s view.
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