Post # 1
I have always felt negatively towards guests being on their phones and taking photos at weddings. I tweeted about it and asked if it would be rude to ask my guests to not take their own photos at my wedding. The replies I received were of the opinion that it would indeed be rude. Then I found this article. An unplugged wedding – reasons to do it and how to do it.
Personally I am for an unplugged wedding because I hate the flashes that appear in wedding videos, guests are no longer “in the moment” because they are on their phones, guests get in the way of the professional photographer, photo subjects don’t all look at the same camera, etc. It’s just that I am paying a large amount of money for professionals to take videos and photographs for a reason. I don’t particularly like the look of guest photos of the bridal party. I love guest photos of the guests, and photobooths.
Anyways. I’d really like to know what your opinion is on this and if anyone will be having or has had an unplugged wedding.
Post # 3
That article is by a professional photographer so what do you expect? She wants everyone buying her photos, not taking their own.
We live in a world where people take photos all the time. People can concentrate at the same time. I got some classic candid photos that our official photographer did not get and couldn’t have got. Plus, I love the sound of all the clicks as the bride and groom kiss.
Post # 4
At first I thought it was rude but seeing pictures changed my mind. Check out the pictures in this article – http://offbeatbride.com/2011/06/unplugged-wedding.
Post # 5
I didn’t know they were called this! Thanks.
I am having an “unplugged” wedding and I didn’t even know it.
I am making a little decorative sign for it too. We will let our friend take a video on his phone of me walking down the isle, our vows and us walking away but other then that no one is allowed to have their phones out to take pictures or text and all that technological mumbo-jumbo, lol!
The reason why one person gets to do this is because we cannot afford a videographer and no one owns a video camera, but our friend has amazing quality on his phone and I’ve seen him take photos and videos from a previous wedding and it was really tasteful.
We are allowing guests to take pictures at the reception though on their phones/cameras, that is cool but during the ceremony is it important that our photographer gets good shots, he is not a professional photographer so I don’t know if he has the ability to take out any random flashes of someone else’s camera/phone and I don’t want to risk it, they can wait and we’ll be sending out photos anyways so our guests should be fine.
I guess people see it as you taking away their ability to take personal photos they’ll have of you and that is a down side but this is your wedding and this shouldn’t be such a big deal for them, they can wait, they’ll be fine.
Post # 6
I love unplugged weddings. Sorry, I’m not paying a pretty penny for a photographer so they can just take countless shots of peoples iPhones, cameras, and iPads held aloft instead of my nearest and dearest faces. Also I am fully aware that people may daydream during my ceremony and no one cares about my wedding as much as I do but I still feel like people should at least attempt to pay attention to what is the most important part of the day instead of trying to take good pictures to post on Facebook.
Post # 7
@novacaineandlaughter: You said it best, I didn’t even think about the photographer accidently getting shots with people and their phones…
Post # 8
Oh I’ll be having an unplugged wedding. I’m paying for my photographs and I don’t want anyone ruining the perfect shot with their flash.
As well, I dislike how everyone is attached to their phones and cameras these days. I want my guests to focus on us and our wedding, not the phone in their hand – no thanks.
They can take as many pictures as they like at the reception of themselves and their group of friends/family, but at the ceremony I will be asking them to turn all phones and cameras OFF.
Post # 11
Haha I love the term. I will definately have a “unplugged” wedding. Like most of you ladies, my photographer is a pretty penny so I don’t want to ruin any shots but the real reason why I’m opting out is because I can’t stand the thought of Facebook seeing my photos before I do.
Post # 12
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a professional photographers photos with pics of guests on their phones. But even if they did, I don’t think that would worry me. As a guest, I would be really disappointed if I couldn’t take photos at my friends or families weddings. While professional photos are beautiful, the guests take the photos that provide real memories of the day.
Post # 13
I love it and I’m doing it!
Post # 14
I think if you want to do this, you should have your officiant make a quick announcement and leave it at that. I would not write anything in a program, have a sign saying it, or anything of that sort. While I am not a fan of unplugged weddings (I personally believe it’s rude to tell my guests – adults – that they are not allowed to take photos of a specialevent that I invited them to), I think if you made a short announcement prior to the ceremony, it’s more acceptable.
Post # 15
Just do what we did… Pick a venue with no cell reception! We had an outdoor ceremony so flash was not an issue.
Post # 16
I think it is a little selfish.
Guests are taking photos of your wedding for their memories, and taking that away from them is selfish. You are going to buy/print tons of photographers pictures, but guests are unlikely going to be able to or want to pay for photos from your photographer.
I have no memories of people using cameras or phones at my wedding. I was too busy being in love with and paying attention to my new husband.