‘Unplugged’ refers to a wedding where the use of all mobile phones (and sometimes even cameras) is forbidden. The Unplugged Wedding is slowly gaining popularity, but is it for you?
Usually the banning of mobile phones is only during the ceremony, but some couples choose to have their whole day unplugged (good luck with this one!)
There are 3 reasons to have an unplugged wedding. First, the wedding couple want their guests to be absolutely present. They want them to witness their special day through their eyes, not through a screen.
Secondly, preventing guests from using their phones means that you can control what is put on social media. Perhaps you don’t want iPhone images of your first kiss to be on Instagram before you’ve even stepped foot off the aisle.
Finally, and more importantly perhaps for me as the photographer, the unplugged wedding prevents your wedding photos looking like this:
Then there are the guests who like to bring bigger cameras. I’m totally cool with this too, as it means more photos for you guys at the end. However, it does mean that there’s more chance of this happening…
Having said this, weddings that are ‘plugged’ (?!) are still by far the norm and I deal with it the best I can.
I completely understand that your guests are free to do what they want, and of course I don’t mind if many of the photos show your guests taking photos with their phone. At least it shows they’re interested :p
As for your guests bringing their own fancy dSLR cameras, well at least they’ll be getting other angles…!
Allowing your guests to take photos during the ceremony can be like having 100 extra photographers. On the other hand, you may decide that you’d prefer to have 100 guests, and only 1 photographer.
I’ll leave that decision up to you, but I think I know what I’d prefer if it were me getting married…