Have an Unplugged Ceremony
An unplugged wedding is when you ask your family, friends, and guests to turn off their phones, ipads, cameras and other digital distractions during the ceremony. The purpose is to allow us the chance to capture the wedding as efficiently and perfectly as possible without missing key shots because your (well-intended) guests got in the way. It sounds a little weird, so maybe this will help: When you’re walking back up the aisle after your first kiss, what do you want to see? Would you like to see the faces of your closest friends and families witnessing the most important day of your lives? Or would you like to see the back of the phones?
Want to announce that you’re having an unplugged ceremony? Here’s a great way to do it:
“We want you to be able to really enjoy our wedding day, feeling truly present and in the moment with us. We’ve hired an amazing wedding photography team, Rob and M, who will be capturing the wedding — and we’re inviting each of you to sit back, relax, and just enjoy our day with us. We’re respectfully asking that everyone leave all cameras and cell phones off during the ceremony and/or all day. Of course, we will be happy to share our wedding photos with you afterward!”
Appoint a member of your wedding party to help encourage other guests to put down their devices at the wedding. It doesn’t have to be high-drama: All they have to do is sidle up to their fellow guests and say quietly, “The bride and groom have asked me to respectfully suggest that guests put down their electronics and just enjoy the day. Can I ask you to put your camera/phone away?”