Weddings are all about making memories and bringing people together. From Instagram hashtags and selfies to photo booths and Polaroid cameras, there are so many awesome and interactive ways to let others get in on the fun of capturing your day. But, wouldn't it be nice if your guests gave themselves the opportunity to be completely present during the most important part of the day? Your ceremony is the time where you and your guests get to experience something special all together in that very moment. How often is it that you get everyone you love most in one room to help support and celebrate YOU?! Here are just a few reasons I recommend to ALL of my clients that an unplugged ceremony is the way to go!
1. It's Annoying & Distracting
It's annoying to the people around you and it really makes the job of the professionals working during the ceremony (both photographers and videographers) difficult to get a clean, engaging shot when phones or other devices are up in the air. Many of your neighbors will have to crane their necks to see around your device or simply give in and watch the magic unfold through your iPhone screen.
2. It's Unnecessary
You can bet your buttons that I am also getting this beautiful shot of the couple's first walk together as the man to the right of the aisle. As an obsessive photographer myself, I KNOW how hard it can be not to try to capture some of these memories on your own device, but in my opinion the cell phone in this shot takes away from the engagement in the moment and distracts your eye from the happiness at center stage!
3. It Gets in the Way
So many times I will have found exactly where I want to plant myself to get those perfect shots down the aisle and then BAM, right as the moments are unfolding, cell phone after cell phone start popping up all down the aisle...right in my shot. At this point there's nothing I can do but try to work around the devices in the aisle. Look at this bride! She wants to see the excitement on your face, not your phone.
Of course, this does not apply to everyone! Some people LOVE to have all the different angels and perspectives, which is something I completely understand, too. But, if you're one of those people who wants to feel the undivided attention and love of the people in your audience, there are tons of ways to make this happen! Here are just a few to get you thinkin':
1. Make a Sign
There are a million signs to inspire you on Pinterest, but here is one from a recent wedding I did that is sweet and gets the point across!
2. Have Your Officiant Make an Announcement!
It's super easy to build this into your timeline with your officiant long before the day ever arrives. They can wait until just before the ceremony begins and kindly ask everyone to silence their devices and put them away for the duration of the ceremony.
3. Include This in Your Program!
The Program is another place where you can discretely and kindly ask your guests to put their devices away!
As with all aspects of planning YOUR big day, take this all with a grain of salt. Every couple is different and you may want your guests to go wild with their camera gear! Choose what fits you best and will make you look back and say "I'm so glad I did it that way."