Why you should consider an Unplugged Wedding….
A new wedding ceremony trend is taking off ….. and your phone is not invited. The “unplugged ceremony” has been increasing in popularity since 2016, and is one in which guests are requested to put away their phones and cameras during the wedding ceremony. Only the professional photographer is permitted to take photographs.
Here are 5 reasons why you might consider your wedding ceremony to be an unplugged one:
1. Your guests will be “present” during your ceremony, and actually listen to the well crafted words that make up your love story, than if they are distracted with an electronic device in their hand. Phones spoil the vibe of a very important and memorable occasion.
2. You paid good money to have a professional photographer snap away during your ceremony, and you don’t want guests to get in their way during proceedings, or worse your photographer is forced to elbow a guest to move out of their way!
3. Many couples these days want control over when and exactly what wedding day photos end up on social media.
4. Without the distraction of phones your guests will not only be able to really listen and immerse themselves in the experience you’ve been planning for months, but they will also likely listen, be engaged and remember your ceremony.
5. You don’t have to have the entire wedding ceremony unplugged. As a compromise I’ve suggested to some couples considering an unplugged ceremony, that if they felt that 100% no phones or cameras might be hard for some of their guests to handle (usually the under 30’s), that they permit guests take photos from the signing of the marriage certificate, celebrant’s closing words and bridal party recessional. So, for approximately quarter of the ceremony they can click happily away.
If you’re considering an unplugged wedding ceremony make sure you let you guests know in advance…. on wedding invitations, a large clear sign on your wedding day, and if all else fails, your celebrant can mention it during their introduction.
Article written by Robbie Fincham, Civil Celebrant