Top 5 Reasons To Have An “Unplugged Ceremony"
During our consultations we encourage all of our couples to implement an unplugged ceremony. Here's why....
1. It makes your photographer's job easier!
Countless wedding photographers (including us!) have complained about guests getting in the way of wedding photos because they wanted to snap their own photo with a cellphone or, even worse, an ipad. A flash from another digital camera or cell phone can compromise the professional photos. Most photographers will be stoked if you set this rule because it let them do their job without any interference. Everything happens so fast at a wedding. Why should we miss a special moment of yours because we have to stop and ask someone to move out of our way? You're paying for us to be there. Let's not jeopardize your hard earned money. Once a moment has passed....it is gone...and we can't get it back. It's not worth it to lose even one shot!
2. Your guests will be fully present
Do you want your guests to really feel the emotional moments during your ceremony....or would you rather they see it....through their cell phone screens? Not having technology means everyone is paying attention to what is going on. When people are engrossed in their cellphones, they tend to tune out what is going on around them. The wedding should be the most important thing going on that day. Plus, wouldn't it be nice to have some emotional photos of your friends and family looking on at you in adornment, with emotion and pride, while you tie the knot? Or would you rather have a shot of them all holding up their cell phones, camera or ipads?
3. You will get the photos you want
Picture it, you have the most beautiful wedding ceremony. It's filled with light, emotion, class, everything you wanted. Then BOOM! You get home and there are already 47 pictures of you at that ceremony on Facebook. But these photos aren't the flattering ones you want from your photographer that truly depict what that moment in time was like. No, no no. Instead they are grainy, blurry, dark cellphone photos taken by your guests from unflattering angles. Your skin color is a bit orange, the walls are yellow, your white wedding dress has a blue hue and you can't quite make out the rest. WHAT A SHAME! That's not what it was like at all! Tell your guests they will have full access to the final wedding photos after the wedding so they don’t have to worry about taking their own photos.
4. It will cut down on noise and distractions
No one wants a ringing cellphone or message notification interrupting their ceremony. Having 50+ phone cameras clicking and flashing at once might not be pleasant for everyone either. Turn them off and pay attention!
5. Have more privacy
Some people love posting every moment of their lives online, while others are much more private about sharing their lives on the internet. If you are the latter, nicely tell your guests to not post any photos of the wedding online and to keep the photos for themselves.
How do we make this happen without offending people?
Listen folks, this is YOUR day. You planned it, built it, put your blood, sweat and tears (and probably a lot of money) into making it exactly how you want it. So stop worrying about what your guests will say or think when you ask them to BE PRESENT for 20-60min during your ceremony! TOO BAD! It's all about what YOU want!
Spread the word early on by putting something like this on your Save The Dates and invitations:
"We are having an unplugged ceremony. We kindly ask you to refrain from using cameras and cell phones to take photos. Please be present with us during this important moment in our lives. We promise to share the professional images with you!"
On the day of the wedding, ask your ushers to remind your guests as they are being seated that photography of any kind is not allowed and lastly, have your Officiant/Priest/Pastor make the same announcement before he or she begins the ceremony. If you hire Stacy Smith Studios to photograph your wedding, we can also provide a lovely sign to display on an iron easel for your guests to see as they enter. There is never an appropriate time during a wedding ceremony to have anything in your hands but someone else’s or perhaps a tissue!