Why You Should Have an Unplugged Wedding

Everyone is so snap happy these days, taking pictures and sharing them on social media, but does this work at a wedding? If you’re getting married this summer, you might like to consider having an “unplugged” wedding; asking your guests to turn off their phones, stop taking photos, and simply enjoy your special day.

Here’s why you should leave your wedding photography to the professionals.

Your Photographer Will Get the Best Shots

After finding and hiring the perfect wedding photographer, you should leave it in their capable hands to capture your big day on camera. Guests trying to take photos can get in the way of your photographer, whilst the flashes from numerous cameras could ruin a potentially lovely shot.

Bride and groom

No Social Media Spoilers

An eager wedding guest takes a photo of the bride and uploads it to Facebook…where the groom spots it before the ceremony! Avoid any potential spoilers (and maintain your privacy) by encouraging your guests to disconnect from Facebook and Instagram and stay away from sharing any pictures.

Wedding sign

Everyone Will Have More Fun

It’s so much easier to have a great time if you aren’t worrying about taking pictures, so remind your guests that your photographer can take care of the snapshots, and all they need to do is have fun!

Bride and guests

You’ll Feel More Relaxed

Being the centre of attention on your wedding day can be a little unnerving, but even more so with hundreds of cameras and phones trained on your every move. Worry less about how your photos will turn out and focus on enjoying every moment of your big day.

Bride and groom with bouquet

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1 Response on 'Why You Should Have an Unplugged Wedding'

  • Dominic G Smith

    3rd June 2016

    Hayley. I think that your comments are spot on. It’s not just iPhones etc. that cause problems, but the Uncle Bob’s (and Auntie Maud’s,) with the SLR they probably use once a year jumping in front of you to get a pic of the bride and her dad walking down the aisle etc. There is a big however though. The B&G MUST buy into this concept but there will always be people who know better and will just ignore what the B&G want. If I’m honest, as a Pro I would find it very difficult not to want to take some pics when I am invited to a wedding as a guest, but at least I would know when/where to take them (usually with a long lens from a distance to get a slightly different perspective,) and when to stay out of the Pro’s way. Unless under ideal bright sunshine conditions, camera phone images are to be honest pretty poor (I live in Scotland so ideal conditions are very rare.) I have even been at church weddings where the Priest/Minister announces to the congregation that I will be the only one allowed to take pics during the ceremony. Does it stop them? What do you think!! Unfortunately we know live in an age where instantaneous upload of pics to Facebook is taken for granted. All we can do as professionals is be produce MUCH better than anything else that is available. Also it is a good idea to develop your WEDDING voice (basically an ability to shout very loudly.) This tends to attract peoples attentions and when they complain I simply mention that I am being paid to produce photographs, so if they want to complain there is a girl in a white dress who may have something to say about it.

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