Why have an unplugged wedding?

March 30, 2022 Best Tips

As a wedding photographer, I have seen firsthand the impact technology can have on a couple's big day. While smartphones and cameras can be a great way to capture and share memories, they can also be a distraction from the beauty and intimacy of the wedding ceremony. That's why I often recommend that couples consider having an unplugged wedding ceremony.

An unplugged wedding ceremony is where the couple asks their guests to turn off their phones, tablets, and other electronic devices during the ceremony. This allows everyone to be fully present and engaged in the moment rather than distracted by notifications or trying to get the perfect shot.

One of the main benefits of an unplugged wedding ceremony is that it allows the couple to fully connect with their guests. Without the distractions of technology, guests can give the couple their undivided attention and really be present in the moment. This can create a deeper sense of intimacy and connection, making the ceremony all the more meaningful.

San Francisco wedding
San Francisco wedding

Another benefit of an unplugged wedding ceremony is that it allows the wedding photographer to do their job to the best of their ability. With guests constantly snapping pictures, it can be difficult for the photographer to get the best shots. An unplugged ceremony allows the photographer to focus on capturing the beauty and emotion of the moment rather than trying to work around the distracting flashes and lenses of smartphones and cameras.

Of course, some couples may be hesitant to ask their guests to put away their phones. But there are ways to gently communicate this request. Some couples include a note in their wedding program or on their wedding website asking guests to be present and fully engaged in the ceremony. Others opt to have a designated "unplugged" area at the ceremony where guests can leave their phones before the ceremony begins.

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In the end, the decision to have an unplugged wedding ceremony is a personal one. But as a wedding photographer, I can assure you that the benefits are worth considering. By focusing on the present moment and the people around them, couples can create a more meaningful and intimate ceremony that they and their guests will remember for years to come.