Post # 1
DH and I got married in October. We had talked about having an unplugged wedding, but kept going back and forth about whether to do one or not (We both hate having our photo taken). Then, the week before the wedding we were so busy that we forgot all about it.
I will never ever forget what it felt like when the church doors opened up wide to a sea of cameras and cell phones. It was crazy and I remember thinking: “Oops, should have had an unplugged wedding”. The ceremony was magical and perfect, but it went downhill after the ceremony as I was in agony with a severe UTI from then onwards. However, when I logged onto FB a few days later I couldn’t believe the amount of pictures that had been posted. And here is the kicker: most were amazing!!! Yes, some were unflattering but I just untagged myself in those. Furthermore, everyone is captivated by the great ones. The ceremony was the only part that went right for me, so I am so grateful to have so many wonderful pictures. It also meant that the wedding was extended beyond the day itself, as every day there were new posts and pics.
In summation, I would urge everyone to think twice about an unplugged wedding. You could be missing a lot more than you think. Furthermore, you will look your best on your wedding day even if you think you aren’t photogenic.
I am so, so glad we did NOT have an unplugged wedding!
Post # 3
Sorry about the UTI!
But we also loved having the non-pro pictures. Our photog took 12 weeks or so to get our pictures to us, so that was all we had to look at! We loved having them!
Post # 4
@Bainise2013: I LOVED all my guest pictures! I got married October 19th and if it weren’t for those shots I would have no photos (photographer will be taking a while to get me everything).
Post # 5
Great point!! Thanks for sharing!
Post # 6
I think this is one of those cases where you have to take the good with the bad. Sure you will get a lot of great guest photos thisway (if you are lucky), but it’s also true that your pro photos may suffer in quality.
I am paying a pro photographer and a second shooter. I know what an iPhone looks like; I don’t need to see them in pics I am paying many thousands of dollars for. The fact that I suffer from anxiety and all the devices pointed at me could easily cause a panic attack pretty much sealed it for me.
But I have seen some nice guest photos, so to each his own.
Post # 7
We are planning on asking all guests not to take pictures (we are planning on printing a sign and putting it by the door)…we have 3 professional photographers hired…and I don’t want people posting our pictures on Facebook…
Post # 8
I agree. Also, I had a friend who got married last year and her photographer lost all of the photos from the wedding. She had no pro pics is she had to rely on the photos that guests took during her day. I can’t even imagine. I realize that isn’t a common thing to happen, but you never know!
Post # 9
I agree. I loved all my guests’ photos! We are still waiting on our pro pics so without them we would have none.
Post # 10
I think it’s fine to have an unplugged wedding, and I have no issues with people who do. I am just providing another perspective for those whose main reason was a dislike of being photographed.
Post # 11
I agree. I love looking at our guest pics!
Post # 12
I thought about having an unplugged wedding…
I am so glad we didn’t! There is one shot that one of our friends got on her iphone that not even the photographers captured…we were coming back down the aisle, I had forgotten my bouquet and we’re both grinning these absurdly huge grins, holding hands with our other hands raised in the air. MAGIC!
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
We have two professional photographers and a videographer. I want to replicate a photo from my grandmothers wedding sort of like this one:
But a little lower to the ground and not crooked. Obviously I am not interested in a photo with everyone holding a camera and not actually paying attention to the ceremony. I am a professional photographer and have a high standard for photos. I don’t think the guests photos will cut it and don’t want any photos like this!
Post # 14
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
I second the idea of rethinking an unplugged wedding! Personally speaking, I am the kind of person that takes pictures ALL the time, I love having a memory of every moment (probably overkill, too), so while my photograper did a freaking amazing job with the pro pics, I absolutely loved seeing all the random pictures people posted on fb and sent directly to me, just capturing guests, moments, and things we didn’t see because the day just flew by.
Obviously to each their own, but I’m really glad we didn’t go unplugged!
Post # 15
@Bainise2013: Those are certainly good points but I’m still choosing an unplugged CEREMONY. I want people to shoot away during the reception/party. I just would hate that people are focusing on their cameras during the ceremony instead of actually listening to what we are saying in our vows. I’m sure a few people will still try to snap photos – it happens.
Post # 16
Our Priest did a great thing: At the beginning of the ceremony he had the entire bridal party up front and he said to the guests, “I’m giving you two minutes to snap some pictures. Take them now, because after that we’re going to let the professionals do their job.” Then he looked at his watch and said go! It took everyone a second, but then they snapped away happily for two minutes. After that I only saw one cell phone out the rest of the ceremony. It messed up one pro photo, but nothing more. I really loved the Priest for handling the guest photo situation like a pro!