It seems everyone these days has a smart phone, digital camera, tablet, or a point and shoot digital SLR that they are very proud of. They love to photograph their daily events and plaster them all over social media instantly. We're not here to say that is a bad thing - we love trolling the internet for hidden gems that can only be captured in the spur of the moment, and may have been missed if there wasn't a smartphone within arms length.
What we do want to tell you is:
It is OK for you to have an Unplugged Wedding!
You have spent a lot of time planning your day, choosing your food, your decor, your dress, and... your photographer. You are paying good money to have someone capture the best images of your special moments so you can reminisce in the years to come.
It would be an absolute shame for your photographer to miss a perfect shot because one of your guests with an ipad decided to capture their shot at the same time.
But what about Twitter, Facebook, Instagram... ?!
No worries, you can have all that too. Here are our suggestions to make sure you get the best of everything during your wedding.
Tip #1: Have an Unplugged Ceremony
Inform your guests about your choice; post a decorative sign asking them politely to unplug and turn off their cameras and cell phones during the ceremony. You have a brilliant photographer hired to capture these amazing moments and you want your guests to be able to live in the moment and truly enjoy the experience with their hearts, not their lenses.
Your ceremony will happen quickly, perfect moments only last for a moment.
Tip #2: Plug back in for the Reception
If you still want your guests to capture and Instagram your day, encourage them to find the hidden special moments at the reception. By that time, the formal photos are complete, and your photographer is capturing your guests having fun and enjoying themselves.
You will still get amazing professional shots and will also get some hidden gems!
We aren't professional photographers, but we do work with quite a few of them and have heard many stories of ruined photos. Once the shot is missed, there's no going back.
Unplugged isn't for everyone, but it can be an option.