As you continue along with the magical process that is planning your dream wedding, there’s a lot to consider. There are so many ways that you can make your day go smoothly and that much more special. Having an unplugged ceremony is a decision that many are happy they made. Today I want to share with you, my friend, why you should enforce an unplugged ceremony on your special day and why it is a total game changer.
What is an unplugged ceremony?
Okay, let’s start with the basics. If you haven’t heard of this before, then you are probably wondering, “Sarah, what the heck is an unplugged ceremony???”. Well, an unplugged ceremony is one in which you have your guests put away their phones and all electronic devices. That’s right- any and all devices are off-limits!
How to have an unplugged ceremony.
But how in this technology-obsessed culture you are going to manage to keep everyone off of their phone???
Give your guests a heads up prior to the day of so they know going into it that during the ceremony they need to keep their phones put away. You can do this by putting it on your website or save the dates. On the day of you can have signs throughout your venue to serve as a reminder or have your officiant give a gentle reminder as the ceremony begins.
Now that we have covered the basics and you have an understanding of what an unplugged ceremony is and how to execute one, here are the reasons why it’s beneficial!
Allow them to disconnect to connect.
Having everyone put away their phones allows them to be more in the moment with you. Sure, if they are recording they are technically watching it, but they aren’t present. Having their phones put away allows everyone to zero in on the magical day that you worked so hard to put together and have been looking forward to.
It is a special day and you’re not going to want people’s faces in their phones throughout it.
It helps out us photographers.
Next, having an unplugged ceremony also helps out your photographers- and videographers for that matter. It’s no fun when you go to edit a photo and there are 15 phones in the air taking photos in a ceremony shot. Or, lord forbid someone sticks their phone up right as we are capturing your first kiss and blocks us. That’s a pretty worst-case scenario… but you get the point!
The only reason anyone should be on their phone during your ceremony is to take photos and videos and if you’ve hired professionals to capture your day, they don’t need to be doing that for you.
Helps you maintain your privacy.
Maybe you don’t want your ceremony posted all over social media and want to keep those moments private. Or, maybe you’re looking forward to sharing the photos from your wedding first and on your own but mom beats you to it before you’ve even said I do. Having everyone off of their phone mitigates unwanted social media posts and pictures sent.
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