Unplug and Connect: “There’s a girl here taking pictures. We asked her to come. So please rest your cameras. Our ceremony needs only one.”

Unplugging for your wedding isn’t just a trend for celebrities like Kim K, this can be done tastefully by all. One benefit to unplugging is giving your guest the opportunity to get to know each other. Instead of being completely engrossed by modern technology, let them mingle with each other; After all, both of your families are now one!

Photographers are particularly trilled with the idea of an unplugged wedding. Many times, guest with good intentions, step in the way of the perfect shot. You are paying the photographer good money to capture the perfect moments, let your cousin Jessica know that you’re going to take a hard pass on her amateur photography skills.

You might be asking yourself, “How can this be done? I can’t steal people’s phones from them.”

  1. Put up signage – When people are signing the guest books, put a sign that reads, “Welcome to our unplugged ceremony. We invite you to be fully present with us during our ceremony. Kindly turn off cell phones and cameras and enjoy this special moment with us.”
  2. Make an announcement – Before the start of the ceremony ask the minister to make an announcement before the guest. It could go something like, “Good afternoon! It is my pleasure to welcome you to the wedding of Name and Name. Please take a moment to silence any cell phones or other noisy electronics. If you would also take a moment to put your cameras away, Name and Name have requested that no photos be taken during the ceremony today — thank you so much for your understanding. The ceremony will begin shortly.”
  3. Programs – Your program is also the perfect place to again remind our forgetful guest that you’ve already hired a photographer, be in the moment with us.
  4. Camera Bouncers (Ushers) – No matter what you do, you will have a few guests who think that because of their relationship with you, the rules don’t apply to them. It might be a good idea to have the ushers on alert for anyone taking flash pictures during the ceremony.
  5. Give them a chance – Wait till the first dance! After the ceremony, has taken place, let them take all the pictures they want at the reception. The intimate moments have taken place, let them unwind and snap some fun photos. Use a hashtag on Instagram to review the party later.

 

Thanks to our wonderful photographers for these great shots: 5050 Photos, Expose the Heart, Jessica Elle Photography, And Sun Gold Photography.

 

Written by Jenny Galvan