As you’ve begun to plan your wedding, you may have heard the term “unplugged weddings” come up a lot.
According to BRIDES, an unplugged wedding is when a “couple requests that guests put away cell phones, cameras, and any other devices in order for them to be present in the moment.”
Maybe you’re a laid back person and you think you don’t really care about whether or not phones are present at your wedding. I know plenty of people who aren’t necessarily comfortable with telling people what to do — even on their big day!
But lemme tell ya, phones make a big difference — and I’m going to tell you why.
I’m sure you’ve seen all the viral photos of a photographer trying to get an important wedding shot — like of the first kiss, for example — only to have a phone come into frame instead.
Friends, this definitely happens more than photographers wish.
And the phone doesn’t have to actually block the camera to ruin a shot. The very presence of them in a photo is distracting. A photo goes from “look at the tearful couple saying their vows” to “look at all those people on their phones during a wedding!”
This especially applies to your parents and other close family members.
What photo would you rather have: your parents tearfully watching you say “I do,” or your parents holding up their phone in front of their face?
I am genuinely disappointed when parents feel the need to take photos during the whole ceremony, because it also feels like they don’t trust their photographer to do their job. I get it, they want to forget they never forget your big day. But that’s why you spent all your money on a photographer. And if you hired me, you and your parents get a handful of photos 24 hours after your wedding.
Encourage your parents to be present. You will all be thankful later.
I can’t even begin to tell you the number of times family members have been taking pictures on their phones next to me during group photos, thinking no one notices, only for half the group to be looking at their camera instead of mine. *face palm*
It slows down the group photo process when your photographer is constantly having to get your family’s attention away from camera phones.