SHOULD I HAVE AN UNPLUGGED WEDDING?
Over the years, technology has become an essential part of our lives. From the moment we wake up in the morning to the moment we go to bed at night, we are looking, playing, listening, using, reading, and touching all different types of technology. For this reason, more and more couples are choosing to go for an ‘unplugged’ wedding which means that technology is banned.
In recent years, this is becoming a popular option for those getting married and there are a number of caveats that can be introduced. For example, some couples choose this rule just for the ceremony whereas others will ban technology for the whole event. Furthermore, whilst some choose to just ban mobile phones, others go all the way and even ban the use of cameras too. Ultimately, there are four main reasons why you might want to do this for your own wedding.
Present Guests - Firstly, some couples feel as though their guests aren't really present if they are constantly using technology. Often, family members will watch the wedding ceremony through a screen rather than being in the moment and enjoying the occasion. This can also cause guests to inadvertently ruin once in a lifetime shots. See below for examples.
Social Media - Secondly, you might want to prevent what goes onto social media. Nowadays, pictures can be taken and uploaded in a matter of seconds and there is a risk that a picture of your first kiss goes online before the ceremony even finishes.
Not Professional Quality - Finally, there is already a professional photographer who will take professional-looking shots so is there really a need for a friend to take shaky pictures on their smartphone? In truth, you should have fantastic pictures to look back on not a shaky image from the seventh row.
Getting In The Way Of The Professionals - Uncle Bob - Uncle Bob may or may not be a real uncle to the bride or groom. Generally in the photography community Uncle Bob can be any family member or friend of the bride or groom with nice photography equipment. He usually volunteers himself to take pictures for the bride and groom, he means well but usually ends up in the way of the professionals or manages to photobomb your kiss at the alter. Luckily I have not encountered Uncle Bob, yet, so here is a google image of some poor photographer that caught several of them.
Although these are only some of the main reasons, you could also argue that the huge cameras that people sometimes turn up with are a little distracting. Again, you will be left with random pictures from different angles rather than sticking to the professional shots.
Of course, there are also arguments for having your wedding ‘plugged’ so to speak so it really is a case of personal preference. Even though a significant amount of the extra photos taken may not be good quality, there may be a couple of rare occurrences where your guests capture a really nice moment or look so this is something to remember.
Ultimately, you will need to decide before sending the invitations because your guests will need to be aware ahead of time. Whatever you decide, you will always be able to rely on the professional shots from the photographer even if someone does post a picture of your first dance on Facebook before the dance has even finished!