Picture this: it’s your wedding day, the day you have dreamed about and spent months planning. You’re about to walk down the aisle to your soon-to-be spouse. You look stunning in your dress, hair and makeup flawless. As you proceed down the aisle, you look around to see family and friends’ faces and reactions, when you become confused. You don’t remember Aunt Sylvia’s face looking like the back of an iPad.
These days, just about everyone has a smartphone or tablet- hell, we have several ourselves. But when you’re attending a special event like a loved one’s wedding, it’s time to disconnect. Being in the moment is something a lot of society has lost touch with, and we want it back.
Not only are your guests missing out while trying to get pictures, many times we as professional photographers end up dealing with guests stepping in front of us to get a shot, causing us to miss a great moment. This is frustrating not only to us, but also to couples who are paying us a lot to capture their day! And for what, a blurry, dark image that can be posted to social media as soon as they can?? Believe me, we are photographers- we LOVE taking pictures!! But when we aren’t working, we love to just enjoy life as it happens, with our cameras/phones/tablets resting elsewhere.
Another thing to consider, is that it is customary for the newlyweds to reveal their wedding photos to the world. Social media is preventing that from happening, and while many people may not see this as a bad thing, it can be in some ways. You no longer have control over what photos are seen from YOUR OWN wedding day. And your friends and family all think you look fantastic (and of course you do!), but they could be posting a picture of you with poor lighting or unflattering angles, something you have hired a professional to avoid!
Here’s some examples we have seen just in the past year at weddings: a relative taking video with a tablet during the ENTIRE first dance, missing the special moment because they are more concerned with getting it all on video; a guest stepping out into the aisle to take a camera phone picture of the bride walking down the aisle, completely blocking our shot; looking back on reception photos we have taken during parent dances, and seeing half the guests’ faces blocked with their phones/tablets/cameras.
So when thinking about all of this, let’s get to the Unplugged part. You’ve taken great care to make sure your guests have a spectacular time, from the food to the decor to the music. Let’s seal the deal and have it be an entire REAL LIFE experience, and detach ourselves from the technology, just for a few hours! The benefits? Your guests will be in the moment with you, enjoying it all in real time. Their faces will be seen by you the day of, and in all of your beautiful wedding photos, taken by us, the professionals you hired to capture your amazing day.
There are several ways couples are requesting an Unplugged wedding from their guests. There can be a small insert in the invitation, a sign posted at the ceremony site, or an announcement by the officiant before the ceremony. These are only a few examples, but with all you creative people out there, I’m sure there will be tons more! Just remember, you want to see their faces and reactions, and be with you in every special moment you have on your wedding day. Kindly put away the techy gadgets (Phones, tablets, and even cameras!) and let us professionals take care of preserving the memories. We’ll do a great job, we promise. 🙂
Click here for an article with other tips on requesting an Unplugged Wedding.