Today, we’re tackling the subject of unplugged weddings. More and more couples are choosing to ditch their devices on their wedding days and they’re asking their friends and family to do the same. So, what is an unplugged wedding? Why are they so popular and should you be considering switching off for your own big day?
What Is An Unplugged Wedding?
Quite simply, it’s a request for guests to leave their phones, cameras and other devices away for the duration of the wedding. Lots of couples ask guests to be ‘fully present’ and, without the distraction of phones, selfies and social media, everyone can interact more. Unplugged weddings also help everyone get back to the most important things in life – sharing never-to-be-repeated moments and really living them, not just watching them through a screen.
Unplugged weddings have also grown in popularity thanks to the online sharing of photos ruined by guests determined to grab the perfect shot. Google ‘wedding photos ruined by phones’ and you’ll see so many sad images. Guests stepping out into the aisle blocking the groom’s view of his bride and shots where literally every guest is snapping a pic rather than just enjoying the moment are not the thing of wedding dreams.
Should You Consider Having An Unplugged Wedding?
Well, yes if you want your guests to really share in your day! It’s also highly likely that you’ve booked a great photographer so there’s really no need for that guest four rows back to be leaping around during your ceremony to try and get a photo is there? You’ve paid your photographer a lot of money to capture your day so ask everyone else to put their phones away and let your photographer do their job. Those wonderful photos you see in magazines and in wedding blogs definitely weren’t taken by a guest with a phone camera.
Of course, it’s fab for people to be able to snap some candid shots during the reception and that’s definitely less intrusive so why not consider unplugging for the ceremony only if you think the thought of an all-day digital detox might be too much!
Telling Your Guests That You’re Going Unplugged
It’s easy to include a line in your wedding information pack or on your wedding website if you’re going unplugged. Some guests might need to make arrangements for emergency work calls or with babysitters and that’s easy to do if people are given notice.
Then, when it comes to the wedding day itself, a simple sign reminding people to switch off is all that’s needed. Of course, this might not stop the most determined social media addict from snapping that #weddingselfie but the majority do tend to respect the wishes of the couple.
Our woodlands really are so serene and peaceful that unplugged weddings work so well. It’s wonderful to be able to leave everything behind and just share in the moment without feeling the need to capture it on a phone camera. You’ll be surprised how good your own memory is if you just put the phone to one side and really let yourself take in everything that’s going on around you!
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