As some of the top professionals in the wedding photography business, we know how important it is to have great photos of your wedding day. Our goal is to capture the love you share with your spouse to be and tell the story of one of the greatest days of your life. Whether you are having a simple ceremony or getting married in the courtyard of a grand hotel, you hire a professional to get the best possible images of the day and deliver a stunning a wedding album for you to treasure for years to come. And that is what we want for you, as our client. And there is a simple way to help us accomplish this.
When you talk with your photographer, ask us about having an “unplugged ceremony”. An unplugged ceremony is a request made to your friends, family, and other guests to silence and put away all electronic devices and cameras for the duration of the wedding ceremony. This way, your guests will be able to give their full attention to and fully enjoy the event happening in front of them. Believe it or not, the smartphone has become the most popular camera in the world with more than 2.8 million photos taken every day around the world. Asking your guests to put away these distractions allows them to be fully present on your big day.
Another not-so-obvious reason we recommend this type of ceremony is that we have encountered many situations where smartphones and cameras that show up in photos become distracting and even a few instances where the image was unusable because of it. I’ve included a few samples below of images from our archives that fall into this category.
This would be an important shot to have for a bride to remember the look on her groom’s face when she walked down the aisle. How many iPhones do you see? I think I even see a GoPro.
Yes. There are even people who bring their iPad to the wedding for photos.
It would be great to see how happy the bride and groom were after just being married and “Uncle Bob” had to get the picture first.
Despite these horrific examples, professional photographers still deliver all so many beautiful images that tell the story of the day without the distractions you see above. But don’t worry! You don’t have to stress whether this will happen to you. There is an easy way to gently ask your guests to attend the wedding ceremony unplugged. Pinterest has a plethora of ideas for signs and invitations that will introduce the idea and remind your guests that you would like them to put away distractions and support you both on one of the biggest days of your lives.
Let your guests know that you care about them and treasure the relationship you have with them. It would mean more to you to have them not be distracted by their phones and giving you their full attention. Once the ceremony is over, let them know they are free to capture their memories and take as many pictures as they would like and post to social media. It is up to you whether or not to share pictures of the ceremony with them to share after the event.
Having an unplugged ceremony is just one way to help people really experience and remember the joy of your wedding day with you. As you plan your ceremony and reception, don’t get caught up in the minutia of every detail, instead let your thoughts be on the goal of the day and how, at the end, you will be happily married and all of the beautiful moments will be captured one way or another!