The following wedding advice is kindly provided by our friend Madelyn Holmes Photographics
If you’re a bride or groom and haven’t heard of the ‘unplugged’ concept, this means asking guests to turn off their cameras and mobile devices for a period of time at your wedding – be it just the ceremony or the whole celebration.
In an age where our phones have become an extension of our fingertips, it can be hard to switch off and just enjoy the moment.
Doing so encourages your guests to be truly present as you say ‘I do’ and embrace the emotion of your nuptials without the distraction of technology.
This also allows your photographer (and/or videographer) to do their job uninterrupted, ensuring the most important moments of your day are captured without guests interfering or obstructing the professional images.
So what’s the key to having an unplugged wedding without causing offence? Asking politely and clearly ahead of time so your guests are aware of your wishes, whatever they may be.
This can be done by making a note of the request with your invitations, placing a sign at the venue entrance and arranging for your celebrant to make an announcement before the ceremony commences.
Your guests will be understandably excited to see you get married and most likely just want a visual memento of the occasion, so it may be a nice compromise to allow photos at certain intervals throughout the day.
In this case, have your celebrant or MC ask guests to wait while the photographer captures each formality first, then open an invitation for anyone else wanting to take photos once they have finished.
Whether you opt for a completely unplugged wedding, an unplugged ceremony or simply ask guests to refrain from posting on social media until the first professional images have been released, most guests will happily oblige.
Ultimately, it is your special day and the decision is completely up to you!
Wedding advice and images kindly provided by our friend Madelyn Holmes Photographics