Scrolling through our twitter feed the other day we came across a discussion about ‘The Unplugged Wedding’.
This seems to be a new concept that’s becoming increasingly popular, more so with our American friends overseas but now a shift is starting in this country too.
Thought we’d introduce you to the idea and share a few initial thoughts we have on the new craze…
- Either during the ceremony or the for the whole day the couple requests that their guests turn off their mobiles and put away their camera’s.
The advantages (from our point of view at least)
Allows and enables people to really focus on the day, to be there for the couple and to experience the event fully in the moment.
Can you image the nerves of doing your speech only to have people’s heads down looking at their phone, Oh….and also the dreaded clash with the big sports event, guests checking the results every few minutes kind of steals the thunder from a wedding no?!
Walking down the aisle to the strains of ‘Nokia tune’ as someone hasn’t turned it down properly may be a tad annoying to say the least.
From a photographers point of view it also enables them to capture the moments and memories without a shot full of mobile phones in the foreground (and don’t forget the couple have invested a portion of their budget for their wedding photographs)
Some people like taking pictures, simple. If you request that they don’t they may feel ‘put out’ or offended.
A Bride taking a selfie with her bridesmaids, the mother of the groom taking a proud picture of her grandson as the pageboy….these are moments that are only going to happen for people maybe once so why not capture them?
From a photographers point of view again, these moments make great candid shots and that’s what they’re being paid to do, to capture the day, spontaneous events and all.
If you decide not to have a professional photographer you may miss the really special, key moments of the day. Peoples phones and I-pads could be very handy!
Personally, banning mobiles and cameras for the whole day seems a little strong. Your photographer is being paid to capture the moments, they will be used to dealing with and working around guests with mobiles, sometimes it even gives them a chance to be ‘creative’.
However there are definitely some merits to be had with disallowing them from the ceremony.
If this is something that you’re looking at then great, we applaud you for taking control of your day and asking your guests to be truly part of it with you.