Have you heard of an unplugged ceremony?
In this social media era, we all are a little guilty of too much screen time. So much so that it's almost second nature to post every aspect of your day online, from grabbing your morning coffee to posting your nighttime face mask. Kinda crazy eh?
This is why we love unplugged ceremonies. Let us break it down below!
Your Photographer (and Videographer) Will Thank You
Although you love your Aunt Gina— the photographer won't like her very much when she jumps in front of his camera to take a picture with her phone. Asking your guests kindly to keep their devices away helps reduce distractions for the professionals. It's also a plus that when you look back at your wedding video and ceremony photos, you will see all your loved ones faces looking at you, and not their phones.
Guests Will Be Fully In The Moment
When the phones and cameras are put away, guests can truly enjoy the message from the pastor or officiant, watch you commit yourself to your love, and cheer as you have your first kiss— all without distraction. Going 'unplugged' allows guests to truly embrace the moment.
How To Deal With Disappointment from Guests
Your guests might not be thrilled to hear that you want them to keep their phones away, so here our are suggestions for dealing with guest disappointment:
Consider having only the intimate ceremony unplugged.
Allow guests to take pictures and videos at the reception. You'll have fun the next morning looking back at your friend's Instagram stories of you all dancing all night!
Consider renting a photo booth for the reception.
This is great especially if you want your ceremony and reception unplugged. This allows guests to have some memories to take home with them.
Let guests know you will share the photos.
They may not be as disappointed if you let everyone know that you will share the photos once receiving them back from the photographer.
This is your big day. Whether you allow phones the whole day, only at reception, or not at all— it's your wedding! Ultimately guests should respect your wishes.
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Post written by Kaley M. for Events Unleashed.