Guests are seated and waiting in anticipation to see the bride walk down the aisle. But as soon as she does, everyone pulls out their phone to snap a picture. Arms are extended into the aisle, ruining shots your professional photographer had planned on. Any images now include everyone’s cell phone or camera. These photos will then immediately be posted to your aunt’s Facebook page, before you even get a chance to see the pictures your hired photographer has taken. As the ceremony begins, no one can hear the officiant or the vows because an older relative doesn’t know how to turn the shutter sound off their digital camera. These are just a few reasons to have an unplugged wedding ceremony.
A recent trend in weddings is asking guest to “unplug.” This is encouraging your guests to not use their phones or cameras in any way during the ceremony. Couples may decide to unplug because of how it affects the professional photography, or just to encourage guests to be in the moment and share in this intimate time. How do you get your guests to turn off their phones though?
Using signage to explain the idea of an unplugged ceremony is one way. Having a calligraphy sign walking into your ceremony space could motivate your guests to put the phones away. Another idea is to include a blurb in your program about your wish to have no technology out. If you are really worried about phone usage, have “phone valets.” Tiny draw-string pouches for people to put their phones into and tuck under their seat. Be creative in finding ways to ensure a private, tech-free ceremony. Once the ceremony is over, allow your guests to take as many photos as they want during the reception.
Blog post by Sammy Lepse