Post # 1
I’m pretty torn on this issue. On the one hand, I’m very impatient and want to see photos of the wedding as soon as possible, and don’t want to have to wait for the professional ones. As a guest at other weddings I like to take pictures, and I know some of our guests will feel the same way.
On the other hand, I’m terrified of guests ruining one of the photographers’ shots that we’re actually paying for, or looking back at the photographers’ pics and seeing only phones and cameras instead . I’m debating doing just an unplugged ceremony, since I’m not too concerned about the reception. So I’m curious if other bees who have had unplugged weddings are glad they did it, or if they regret doing it.
Post # 3
I wish I had an unplugged ceremony. Every picture I have of the ceremony has my mother with her phone up in the air. It’s very distracting! My mom has her phone in practically every picture!
I wish my mom had put her dang phone down and just watched. We had plenty of pictures from our photographer and we didn’t need her to take any!
Post # 4
I plan on having an unplugged wedding, atleast for the ceremony. 🙂
Post # 5
@peasantsong: Thank you for sharing these! I aam definitely having an unplugged wedding after seeing those!
Post # 6
If the phone bothers you that much, I’m sure it could be photoshopped out. Especially the last image, which really is a sweet one!
Post # 7
My photographer stipulates in her contract that we (make every attempt to)have an unplugged wedding. It will be interesting to see if it’s possible. She showed us a TON of pictures with guests holding their cameras up in front of their faces. It looks terrible, and they’re disconnected from the action around them.
We’re going to mention it in the invitation, the programs, and the officiant will make an announcement. I’m not sure what else we could do beyond that.
I’m just waiting for the inevitable great aunt so-and-so who thinks that such things couldn’t possibly apply to her!
Post # 8
We’re seriously considering having an unplugged wedding ceremony (not reception). My fiance wasn’t convinced until I pointed out that the pics he gets at weddings are sh*t – not to say that all guest pics are, but generally aren’t as good as the ones from a pro photog. I also swayed him with a few articles!
Post # 9
@ANGELaaimt: I have two great aunts who LOVE to take pics with their iPads. It drives me up the wall especially at weddings. I’m sure they’ll be thinking that it doesn’t apply to them either!
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2014 - Manhattan Church Rec Center
I hate it when you see a sea of phones. Have you seen the new Nokia Lumia commercial at the wedding when everyone has their phone in the air? So ugky
Post # 11
i love the idea, but how to nicely ask?
Post # 12
We are making our minister the bad guy. He’s going to tell guests no flash and stay in your seats.
Post # 13
I’ve never shot an unplugged wedding, but I’ve shot plenty of unplugged ceremonies. For some reason I think there seems to be a lot of confusion about this, and perhaps what photographers are suggesting to our clients regarding it. I have yet to come across anyone suggesting that photography be all out banned from a wedding except for the hired professional. Would your guests be more “in the moment” throughout the day? Totally. Would you have better professional photos? Probably. But that’s also probably not going to happen, and would be pretty difficult to enforce since people are completely tethered to their devices these days. What we are suggesting is that for the 30 minutes or so that the average wedding ceremony runs, that people put down their devices and watch and listen. Not only does it make for a more poignant and engaging experience for everyone, but it ensures that guests do not have devices in their hands. Which I may add @christinamarie980: – “photoshopping” a device out of someone’s hands in a ceremony is not always an easy fix, nor should it be expected out of the photographers to do this. If it honestly doesn’t bother you that your wedding ceremony looks like an electronics convention, or you love the photography your friends and family produce so much so that you’re willing to perhaps risk a key shot from a professional to have that instant access – then don’t worry about this stuff.
If anyone is looking for how to word the request, there is a good article on Offbeat Bride about it here – http://offbeatbride.com/2011/06/unplugged-wedding-templates
Post # 14
I did, and didn’t regret it for one moment! Everyone was so into the ceremony because they weren’t busy fiddling with their phones to get a “perfect” picture. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house because people were looking at us and not their phones 🙂
Post # 15
@Bellagiobride: omg. People still have faces haha
Post # 16
I was leaning towards one because I was concerned about aisle jumpers and only seeing cameras in faces but we didn’t and it wasn’t an issue. It really depends on your guests I think. Most people know to stay out of the way and be stealth-like about taking pictures, but if you think you have some guests that won’t be respectful of your photographer, maybe you should go for it. All of our photographer pics are amazing and I was actually a bit disappointed that guests didn’t have more/better pictures to share!