Let’s start out this post with a little game. Raise your hand if you’ve ever been to a wedding where your view of the bride and groom at a wedding ceremony was blocked because someone was holding up an iPhone trying to take a picture? Ok, now raise your hand if you’ve ever been the person holding up your iPhone trying to take a picture of the bride and groom during their wedding ceremony. I guarantee you raised your hand to the first question, and you may have not raised your hand to the second question out of shame, but it was fun playing. Point is, we want an unplugged wedding.
As I mentioned, it is getting beyond ridiculous now how many people are taking photos of wedding ceremonies on their phones. At the weddings we go to, we refuse to take photos during the ceremony and try to only take minimal photos at the reception, and usually those are just of us looking nice. It’s incredibly annoying to see a dozen people holding their hands up in the air holding a phone trying to take a picture during the exchanging of rings or the first kiss. It blocks everyone else’s view and looks ridiculous
Another thing about this that we’ve realized since planning our own wedding is that people pay crazy amounts of money for photographers. Photographers are incredibly expensive and the bride and groom hired them to do a great job. The wedding couple wants their photographers to capture the special moments of the biggest day of their lives and they don’t want people’s cell phones in their photos.
So we’re having an unplugged wedding. There will not be any cell phones allowed during the ceremony. I’m sorry if that stops you from being able to post a picture to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Snapchat, but on our wedding day, that’s not what we care about. Please wait until after the ceremony to take pictures. We have a special hashtag for our wedding and we will encourage people to post pictures from the night tagged with that hashtag, but we want them to wait until the cocktail hour and the reception. That’s when there is a party going on and things aren’t focused on one thing. I can’t wait to see people’s “in the moment” shots scrolling through Instagram the next day, but I don’t want to be reading my vows and see iPhone flashes out of the corner of my eye.
So we’ll be creating some sort of sign for the entrance to our ceremony asking people to please let the photographers get our money’s worth and take unobstructed photos. Not sure how we’ll do it yet, but there are lots of ideas. We can’t wait to have everyone there celebrating with us, but we want it to be an unobstructed wedding ceremony for everyone.
What are your thoughts on an unplugged wedding?