Unplugged Weddings: What’s the Deal?
By Raashka Mannie

25 June 2020

There are so many ways to integrate your wedding into the world wide web, with social media dominating and methods of communication endless. From private group chats to Pinterest boards full of your favourite things for the globe to see, how do you know when to take a step back?

Having an ‘unplugged wedding’ is when couples ask their guests to stay off mobile phones or tablet devices during their ceremony and/or reception. Now, it might seem a bit restrictive to do so - why shouldn’t people be sharing your love via live stream? After all, the benefits of technology are numerous, from having loved ones virtually present to, if you wish, sharing your wedding with the whole world. After all, you look gorgeous, and you’re as happy as a clam, so it’s a win-win for pretty much everyone.

However, Jaymee Photography is here to share the pros of unplugged weddings. As a photographer, she sees it all when it comes to people’s special days, and she’s got the insight on the benefits of taking a step away from social media during your wedding.

 


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Be Here or Be Square

Without the distraction of their phone or cameras, your guests will be able to fully immerse themselves in the experience that you’ve spent months planning. Ask your MC or celebrant to announce it the start of your ceremony. There are tons of polite ways to ask guests to put down their phones - you can even ask them to turn them off before entering the venue, or keep them safe and sound in a room until everything’s over.

Unplugged ceremonies mean your guests are present in the moment, more so than they’d be with texts and GIFs of cats distracting them mid-ceremony. It’ll just be you, your loved ones and your photographer, all focused on one of the greatest moments of your life.


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Leave it to the Professionals

If you’re hiring a professional photographer, leave it to them to get the best shots of your wedding day. An experienced wedding photographer will make the best of any lighting situation so you can skip the unflattering, inappropriate, or blurry photos that some guests think are okay to upload to social media.  

Your photographer will have more space to get the shots they need, instead of competing with Uncle Bob, who also wants the same spot for taking photos. I have seen so many great moments ruined by phones or iPads sneaking into the side of my shot. I love taking photos of guests and their reactions, this always looks better when they don’t have their phone in front of their faces.


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Together, Here and Now

Unplugged weddings encourage your guests to be more social with one another, as they’re more in the moment. It’ll encourage the same from you, too. On your wedding day, your loved ones will respect your wishes, and if one of those wishes is to disconnect from the rest of the world for a couple of hours, then you’ve got it.

Being away from your phone might also be a good thing for you. Instead of fretting over any external factors, like work, you can unplug for a day and enjoy it in all its splendour. It’s just as important for the couple to unplug as it is their guests, which is why the idea of an unplugged wedding is such a relaxing one.


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Get the Show Started

Right, so you’re all convinced now, but you’re wondering how to get the message around that the wedding is unplugged. You can’t just ambush guests at the front door and demand they empty their pockets, or that might ruffle some feathers and ruffled feathers are not what you want on your wedding day.

You can choose to have an official announcement before the start of the ceremony, politely asking for guests to put away all devices during the actual ceremony. Signs and chalkboards with messages for all to see are also helpful to underline the unplugged wedding. If you’re really looking to be clear about it, however, including a note with wedding invites or on your wedding site can be extra helpful, as it’ll inform guests in advance and they can prepare for the gruelling task of being without Instagram for two hours.

 

Check out Jaymee Photography for more amazing wedding photography.