To Unplug Or Not To Unplug
HEATHER FREEDMAN, DELMAR EVENTS
AURELIA D'AMORE PHOTOGRAPHY
Should you have an “Unplugged” Wedding Ceremony? Take the quiz to ﬁnd out!
TRUE OR FALSE?
1. It is important that your friends and family take as many photos of you as possible during your wedding ceremony. You KNOW how excited they are for you!
2. It’s important that your guests upload and hashtag photos of your wedding ceremony. Friends and family from afar (and the rest of the world!) should follow a play by play of what’s going down at your wedding.
3. It’s worth it to let Uncle Henry get an instant shot of the back of your stunning wedding dress. It’s not a big deal if his arm or head stick out into the aisle, blocking a potential clean angle for the professional photographers.
4. When you look back at your wedding day, you would prioritize viewing photos on social media, to see it through the eyes of your guests, over a professionally curated photo album.
5. You understand that today everyone has cell phones so you don’t want to complicate things for your guests by asking them to not take photos. I mean, it’s 2017, hello!?
“You don’t need to have that much control over your photos.”
6. You don’t mind if the world sees photos from your ceremony before you’ve had a chance to review them. You don’t need that much control over your photos.
7. You don’t mind having photos of you posted on social media and/or shared with others, even if they aren’t the best quality photos of you, your fiancé and your ceremony. The more potential likes and exposure, the better! You have nothing to hide!
IF YOU ANSWERED TRUE TO TWO QUESTIONS OR LESS, YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY CONSIDER AN UNPLUGGED WEDDING.
You want your guests completely present for your ceremony. You’d prefer a bit more control over the photos of your intimate and special day on social media.
You value quality work, so you are planning to invest in hiring professional photographers. An Unplugged Wedding maximizes their opportunities to get the best shots of you and your future spouse and the bridal party—and it also maximizes your investment! Plus, it’s easy to share professional photos with family and friends as soon as they are uploaded.
Here are two ideas to communicate to your guests that you and your partner would like to limit photography during the ceremony:
1. You can include a short message within the invitation to inform your guests ahead of time.
2. If you want to take it to the next level, you can have your guests check their cameras and cell phones at the door, and retrieve them after the ceremony. This ensures you have their complete attention during the ceremony. A bit more extreme, yes, but very effective.
IF YOU ANSWERED TRUE TO THREE OR FOUR QUESTIONS, THEN HAVING AN UNPLUGGED WEDDING MAY BE SOMETHING TO CONSIDER.
Having your guests check their cell phones and cameras prior to the ceremony might be too much, but perhaps you could:
Create a sign for placement on the welcome table, or in/near the ceremony area. Here’s an example: Please refrain from taking photos during our ceremony.
Have the officiant make an announcement just before the processional commences.
IF YOU ANSWERED TRUE TO FIVE OR MORE QUESTIONS, THEN AN UNPLUGGED WEDDING IS LIKELY NOT A GOOD FIT FOR YOU, YOUR PARTNER, AND/OR YOUR GUESTS.
You enjoy social media, and want to share your wedding, as it unfolds, with whomever isn’t able to attend.
There is no right or wrong answer here, only what to share you and your partner value more. As long as you select the right option for you, then your ceremony is sure to be a special day!