What is an unplugged wedding?

An unplugged wedding is where you ask your guests to turn off their phones, cameras, tablets, and other mobile devices during your ceremony.

What are the benefits?

There are many benefits to having an unplugged wedding.
When guests use their cameras, there are many ways to affect the photography you’re paying for. For example, guests oftentimes are taking photos at the same time we are, and their flashes interfere with our cameras, leaving you blown out completely (and unsalvageable) or having weird shadows or lighting throughout the photos.

Guest cameras can leave a red or green dot from their focusing mechanisms. These will show up in our images.
If guests don’t turn off the noise on their cameras, they could be very loud when taking the photos, which can distract you and your guests.

Speaking of distracting

Let’s talk about iPads and other tablets used to take photos. They are HUGE and are very distracting. For example, if we take a wide shot of your ceremony, your eyes go straight to the tablet and completely ignore the beautiful couple exchanging vows.

Guests will often get in the aisle or stand in front of professional photographers, blocking their shots. Sometimes, it’s too late for us to get them to move, and we certainly don’t want to upset your guests by making them move.
During family formals, guests will often stand around photographers to get shots of their own, creating harsh lighting if they use their flash. Even if they don’t use their flash, it causes the group to look around, leaving wandering eyes constantly. In addition, it’s hard for the photographer to get a good photo with everyone looking at the camera when there are multiple people taking pictures around you.

Most importantly, if your guests are taking photos, they cannot fully enjoy the moment. They are absent and distracted by their picture taking and posting.

We highly recommend having your wedding unplugged, but respect your wishes if you choose not to. If you have any questions concerning this or how to unplug your wedding, feel free to contact us, and we can chat.