Unplugged Weddings

Unplugged weddings are becoming very popular here in the UK and have great advantages for all involved in the wedding. An unplugged wedding simply means that you’ve politely asked your guests not to use phones, cameras or other devices during your wedding or at least during the wedding service or ceremony.

I could go through the ins and outs of why unplugged weddings are a good idea but I think this short video which was published by American News Channel, Fox40 News will do a better job…

With an unplugged wedding or at least an unplugged wedding ceremony, you can be sure that your guests are fully present with you as you and your betrothed say ‘I do’. It also means that the photographer or videographer who you paid good money for can actually get the fantastic images/footage that you hired them for without the risk of the images or footage being spoilt by a guest’s camera phone or other digital device.

I was married in June this year and in order to achieve our unplugged wedding ceremony, here’s a short message we wrote on the invitations to all the guests:

Polite Request

We would like for all of our guests to be fully present with us during our wedding ceremony and respectfully ask that phones and cameras are tucked away during this time. We have hired a fantastic photographer to document this special day for us so there will be plenty of beautiful images captured during this time. We are more than happy for you to take photographs during the reception. 

Our guests responded really well to this and it resulted in a really lovely ceremony where everyone was actually listening to what was being said and our photographer was able to take photos without the risk of any shots being ruined. Quite often, photographers will work around guests and you will still get lovely images, however, sometimes there is a really great photo opportunity which lasts for a second or two, a shot that can’t be recreated, a shot that would have looked amazing in your wedding album or enlarged and hung on your wall at home – but so often those shots are spoilt by a keen guest who means well, but probably wouldn’t have got the same quality shot that your photographer would have got – the photographer you paid to document your wedding with beautiful images.

While we only requested an unplugged ceremony as we wanted guests to be able to enjoy taking photos of friends and family throughout the rest of the day, we did also politely ask guests with young children to keep the dance floor clear during the first dance. As cute and lovely as young children are, the first dance between a bride and groom on their wedding day is a once in a life time event, never to be repeated and the romantic images that your photographer or videographer can capture during that time, just won’t be the same with little Freddie showing off his latest dance moves next to you or little Ellie standing on the bottom of your dress. I once photographed a wedding where there was a young boy playing with toy cars on the dance floor during the first dance. The bride and groom aren’t really going to stop part way through and ask him to move and the boy’s parents did nothing – they thought it was cute. Unfortunately, I would say it spoilt the first dance for the couple and also heavily restricted the photographs I was able to get of the couple without the child or the toy cars in shot. Of course, I did manage to get some lovely images, but perhaps not the ones I could have got if it had only been the bride and groom on the dance floor – just the two of them in their moment.

October 2, 2013 - 6:15 pm

melanie - That was a great video. That and your post are absolutely true! Thank you for sharing this.

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