I’m sure by now you’ve seen photos from frustrated wedding photographers and brides of ceremony guests staring into their phone screens (or worse… iPad screens!) or standing right in the aisle to get that perfect Instagram shot. Though these images have been shared all over Facebook and blogs, we don’t see many “unplugged weddings.” And don’t get us wrong, seeing your wedding from a family member’s perspective can be a great thing, so an unplugged wedding is not for everyone. We understand that! Here are some of our thoughts about an unplugged wedding, from a wedding photographer’s perspective:
Wedding ceremonies are one of the most beautiful and intimate moments you’ll share with your family and friends. You and your fiance will be completely present, soaking in every moment. Having an unplugged wedding is one way to ensure your guests are completely present as well. They won’t be fidgeting with phones and cameras, they’ll be listening intently and taking in every expression on your face.
Of course, some weddings nowadays are HIGH tech. Maybe your officiant has an iPad, or you’re reading your vows off your phones, or you thrive on seeing the iPhone snapshots that your best friends take. In that case, there’s no reason for you to unplug your wedding. We aren’t trying to tell you that less technology is inherently better.
If you’re looking for a way to get the self-proclaimed family “photographer” to sit down and leave his or her camera at home, an unplugged wedding is the perfect way to do that. We’ve seen so many family members bring their DSLR cameras and act as the unofficial wedding photographer during the wedding ceremony while we’re trying to do our job! This is not only frustrating to us as professionals, but it’s likely your wedding photos will have a lot of them in it, with their face in a camera.
What we ARE ultimately trying to say is that if you choose an unplugged wedding, this is a good way to connect with your guests, and to ensure that your wedding photography will be screen-free. And if you choose to keep your wedding “plugged,” then make sure your guests know that you’ve hired professional photographers and videographers for a reason. Try and let them know to stay out of their line of sight so they can do their job, and if guests do get in the way to get a photo of their own, just know that was a possibility all along.
Basically, if a plugged in wedding doesn’t bother you and your fiance, then by all means, do that. This is a decision for you two to make, and whether you have a phones-on or phones-off wedding, it’ll be the best day of your lives.