The Unplugged Wedding Guide

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Can you picture it? An audience of tiny screens welcoming you down the aisle, unexpected ringtones filling the air, pictures being uploaded before you have had a chance to post your own, oh and of course, a swarm of guests consistently surrounding the photographer you spent a pretty penny on. 

Politely asking your guests to put down their electronic devices during the ceremony is completely acceptable-welcome to an "Unplugged Wedding"! And as with any special request you make of your wedding guests, you need to be sensitive and respectful. To avoid offending, irritating or confusing your guests, make sure to follow our tips below to make your day device free.

 

I. THE UNPLUGGED WEDDING CLAUSE

The placement of the "Unplugged Clause" is dependant on how you are sharing information with your guests {wedding website, wedding program, signage, etc.}. Will most guests visit your website or will they read a sign/program presented to them at the event? If you're scared the message won't make it's way to each individual, make sure to place it in a multiple areas.  

 

EX 1: The bride and groom have asked that you share in their wedding fully and not through the lens of a camera or cell phone.

EX 2: No Pictures Please - We are honored that you are here today and want you to be able to relax and have fun! This in mind, we invite you to put down all of your favorite devices and just be present in the moment with us. Please leave your camera in your bag {we've got two excellent photographers!}, and place your cell phone on mute. There will be plenty of images at your disposal after the wedding, but the greatest gift you can give us is being fully here with us in this special moment. 

 

II. INFORM THE GUESTS AGAIN 

Appoint a member of the bridal party or close relative to kindly inform guests of putting down their devices. Having a guest inform others is much less dramatic than the bride, groom, photographer or any other vendor. 

Another way to remind your guests of the "Unplugged Clause" is for the officiant to say a quick reminder before the ceremony. This will be the last-ditch effort before you say "I Do" so it may be worth it.

 

EX 1: The couple respectfully requests that all guests honor the sanctity of this moment by turning off all electronic devices. 

EX 2: I invite you to be truly present at this special time. Please turn off all electronic devices. The photographer will capture how this moment looks and I encourage you to capture how it feels. 

 

III. OFFER A PHOTO OPP

Planning a photo opp can be a great way to have guests partake in "taking pictures" at your discretion. The officiant can invite guests to take photos as soon as the couple reaches the altar. The ceremony can then begin and guests can turnoff their devices. 

 

IV. LET THE RECEPTION BE PLUGGED IN

The reception is a time of partying, laughter and bliss. We suggest removing the "Unplugged Clause" for the reception so that guests can celebrate your happiness without restriction. Also, it may be nearly impossible to control the use of electronics once the food, booze and music have settled in.