Why Consider an Unplugged Wedding?
Prior to the ceremony, the officiant reads something like this, “Welcome friends, and family. Please be seated. John and Sandra invite you to be truly present for this joyous occasion and enjoy their wedding ceremony. Please turn off your cell phones and put away your cameras. The photographer will capture how this moment looks and we would like you to sit back, relax, and capture how it feels, without the distraction of technology.”
Why would I want to consider an unplugged wedding?
You spend a lot of time, energy, and money to gather your friends and relatives for them to share in the joining of your lives. You are at the altar, soaking in the love of your soon to be spouse, and you turn to take a peek at your guests. Instead of seeing them watching your ceremony with love and admiration, you see a sea of smart phones, tablets, and camera lenses. Your guests are smiling, but at their devices rather than at you. You look closer and many of them are looking down at their device in their laps as they are Tweeting and Instagramming the event to the world. This begs the question, are they really present in the moment with you as you had hoped?
Now an unplugged wedding is not for everyone. If the presence of technology is not a problem for the two of you, then it is not a problem for your wedding. This is just one more thing to consider for your wedding day.
Things to think about.
Most wedding guests like to take pictures to be able to relive the experience of the day. If you are considering an unplugged wedding, you should work with your photographer to ensure photos will be available for your guests to access online after your wedding. You should also anticipate some guests not loving the idea and possibly even some going against your wishes. The announcement from the officiant at the ceremony should not be the first time the guests hear about this request. If you have a wedding website, you can post the information there. You can also include it in the programs, invitations, or post a sign at the entrance to the venue.