Post # 1
I’ve been reading a lot of posts about unplugged weddings… Not just the ceremony,but the whole wedding, or asking people to not post pictures and I just don’t get it! My dh and I had an Instagram hashtag and everything. After the party my dh and I sat in our rose petal covered bed and looked at all the pictures our guests posted and loved it. We felt very appreciated and loved. After all the money and time that went into planning our day, it was nice to actually see how the night turned out from our guests perspectives. They are also holding me over til pros get back. If you chose to have an unplugged wedding what was your reasoning? I can understand an unplugged ceremony in case people get in the photographers way, but I trusted my guests enough not to do this and they didn’t. Why unplugged reception though?
Post # 2
- Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
I allowed cameras, phones, and guests to post on FB. Well they didn’t really ask but I didn’t care. If I had cared I would have mentioned it prior to wedding or something like that. I have never been to an unplugged wedding. I just wish some guest pictures werent so blurry, etc. Sometimes guests get shots that the photographers missed. If it had not been for my aunt using her cellphone’s camera to video the ceremony and reception I would not have footage of our events. Silly me got so busy that I forgot to get my moms video camera for someone to film with it.
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2015 - Industrial/Modern
I think most people cite the above article for reasons why they have chosen to go unplugged. I’m just at the beginning of my planning process so I have decided what I want. I think it comes down to your specific guests really. Mine seem to have no trouble staying in their seats during a ceremony or not using flash if politely asked. But if either thing is a concern then I don’t see a problem asking them to hold off on pictures during the ceremony. Extending that to the entire reception seems a bit extreme but that’s just me.
Post # 4
Its common courtesy to not use flash/stay in seats and stay out of the way of the photographers… I would hope anyway lol
Snap, post and enjoy to your hearts content is my take on it 🙂 The best shots usually come that way.
Post # 5
A lot of our guests are good photographers and took a ton of pics that are just as good as the pros and captured some sweet moments that the pros missed because they were taking pics of other things. I am sooo glad we had guests photos, I would feel rude asking them not to take photos. There were no issues with people taking photos.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens
I am with you, lcutter711. While I agree I’ve seen some guests take the photograph thing way too far (on various wedding shows), we decided not to bother asking people not to take pics and video. We even had a wedpics account! Truthfully, I’ve always thought it was weird looking when I watched a bride walk down the aisle and so many people were taking pictures of her, I thought she must not be able to see any faces! Then when I walked down the aisle, I don’t remember seeing a single camera – bit there must have been A LOT since there are many, many photos of me from all different angles! In fact, when we got into the honeymoon suite that night, one of my friends who had helped set it up had managed to get a photos of us kissing during the ceremony framed and put on the bed stand! While I understand and respect each couple’s decision, I am very pleased we went with what we did.
Post # 7
We’re having an unplugged ceremony, and a post it all reception.
Initially it was because of our minister, I had to fight him to allow a photographer in the church… which is crazy, ugh he said pictures would be too distracting for him and we should ‘pose’ the ceremony afterwards, anyways I’m OK with an unplugged ceremony so that people can truely enjoy the special moment with us, and be in the moment with us. We will have a photographer there and this way guests will not be getting in their way, or peoples faces in the ‘crowd shots’ won’t be covered by their point-and-shoots and cell phones.
When it comes to the reception I would love people to take pictures and enjoy all of our hard work… I know I will be too! I LOVE pictures, we have a ‘hashtag’ too.
Post # 8
winterwoodlandbride15: This is exactly what we’re doing! I figured, there’s pretty much one thing to focus on during the ceremony and I don’t want to take any chances that the shot will be messed up because guests are trying to take pictures too. But during the reception, there will be tons of things going on and there’s really no way one photographer could capture every little moment, so we’re encouraging guest pictures there.
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
lcutter711: We are having an unplugged ceremony because I want to see my guests faces and not the cameras or whatever other technology in front of their face. I am also short so I have personally sat through wedding ceremonies where I watched the entire ceremony through someone’s camera because even if people are not standing in the aisle, they lean into the aisle, which really sucks a lot. We have an app people can download where guests can post their photos pre/post ceremony because not everyone is friends with others and I don’t really want them to be seen by just anyone. Guest photos I look forward to seeing are the ones that are missed by the pro at the receptions and such.
Post # 10
I don’t understand unplugged weddings either. You will NOT see your guests’ faces anyway because so much is going on so that thinking is stupid to me. I loved all my guests’ photos! Some of the best pics were their candid shots!
Post # 11
lcutter711: Our chapel is really really small. I was actually at a wedding where the bride’s brother was in the aisle, standing behind the officiant and other family members all in the aisle trying to get pictures blocking no only guest from seeing them but also the photographer!
It was super crazy and I wouldn’t even want that to be an option during the ceremony with my guests. Even though I highly doubt I know that none of my friends and family would ever do that, I’m still planning on asking for no photos during the ceremony.
But the rest of the day is all free to have pictures taken and shared! We’re planning on a hastag too 🙂
Post # 12
I love guests photos!! the ones we got turned out amazing and makes it a little more managable waiting for pro pictures!
I don’t like the unplugged idea at all
Post # 13
It’s so funny. People posted pictures of the ceremony, but I don’t remember seeing a single phone. Even walking down the aisle.