The Importance An Unplugged Wedding

The Benefits of an Unplugged Ceremony

First, I’m sure you’re asking, what is an unplugged ceremony? An unplugged wedding is where you ask your guests to turn off their phones, cameras, tablets, and other mobile devices during your ceremony.

There are so many benefits to having an Unplugged Ceremony

unplugged ceremony, The Importance An Unplugged Wedding

Guest’s cameras can interfere with your photos.

You might have brilliant moments ruined by their flash or shadows across the entire shot! The absolutely worse thing you want is to be delivered the only image of your first kiss as a couple at the altar and it’s awful because of a guest at your wedding. This article cannot make Uncle Joe put down his new DSLR camera but rather things you can do to help avoid this problem when guests use their own devices at weddings, parties and other events so that all of those important memories live on beautifully in post production later down the road.

unplugged ceremony, The Importance An Unplugged Wedding

Guest cameras can leave a red or green dot from their focusing mechanisms.

These will show up in our image. You might be thinking that, this isn’t too much. Can’t you photoshop it out? Yes, but you hired us to capture the day and spend a certain amount of time on editing. If something is going to cause me to have to edit longer than the alotted time, it’s going to pushed to the side to see if I can salvage the rest of them by the time the gallery is due. You won’t notice the difference, but this might result in a few less photo options of a certain time or pose you were doing.

Guests not turning off the camera noise “click” on their camera.

If guests don’t turn off the noise on their cameras, they could be very loud when taking the photos. This can be very distracting to you and your guests. Not so much a problem a me or the videographer, it just brings guests out of the moment.

unplugged ceremony, The Importance An Unplugged Wedding

iPads and Other Tablets block my view.

Speaking of distracting – let’s talk about iPads and other tablets used to take photos. They are HUGE and are very distracting. If we are taking a wide photo of your ceremony, your eyes go straight to the tablet and completely ignore the beautiful couple exchanging vows. If I have lens that zooms in quite close imagine the frustration of looking through the camera lens and seeing the digital image of your two because someone has lifted their tablet above their had to grab a picture.

Guest will block my shot

I know that this location is prime location to grab photos, because I chose it! 🙂 Guests will often get in the aisle or stand in front of the professional photographers, blocking their shot. Sometimes, it’s too late for us to be able to get them to move. Unless it’s absolutely necessary/important shot, I cannot affect a guests experience and ask them to move. I will find a work around, but this could prevent from getting your best photos.

Backseat photographers during family formals

During family formals, guests will often stand around photographers to get shots of their own. This, I don’t mind! Sometimes this is the only time which this particular group of people will be together. Normally once I grab my photo I allow for family to grab photos as well! The only place this becomes a problem is when there are other flashes involved. This can create harsh lighting if they use their flash. Even if they don’t use their flash, it causes the group to constantly be looking around, leaving wandering eyes. It’s hard for the photographer to get a good photo with everyone looking at the camera when there are multiple people taking photos around you. 

unplugged ceremony, The Importance An Unplugged Wedding

Your guests miss those candids, the ones they can see better with their eyes.

Most importantly, if your guests are taking photos, they are not fully able to enjoy the moment. They are absent and distracted by their picture taking and posting. There has been a lot of time and energy spent organizing inviting and executing this event, photos should remind you of the event, not be the only thing they have.

Meet Brennan

Raleigh & Charlotte Wedding Photographer sippin’ wine, listening to podcasts and reading trashy romance novels (shamelessly).

Table of Contents

Ready to Book?