Unplugged Wedding

So, you’ve planned EVERYTHING. Every single flower, hair and loved one is in the right place, right? How do you feel about those loved ones not really being there? Not giving their full attention? How about an unplugged wedding?

2014 already has so many distractions and our lives are fast paced and full on but how do you fancy asking your family and friends to turn off mobile phones, cameras and tablets etc? Even if it’s just for the ceremony, you know, the important bit where you get to say “I do” and kiss the love of your life!

This morning, I am sat at my PC listening to BBC Radio 2 and the Pause for Thought where they talk about pop stars asking people, who have paid a lot of money, to attend concerts to turn their phones off and actually enjoy and take in the whole experience. Each one of these people want to be the first of their friends to boast on social media where they are and how “#amazing” it is. But how do they know? They’ve spent the last 10 minutes trying to take either a video or a series of photos and then upload it through a poor 3G signal. It was also said that you are not truly there if you are not giving it your full attention….

What is more important – to get photo’s or to actually experience the concert, carnival or YOUR WEDDING?

Don’t be afraid to ask your guests to be present at your big day, after all you will have a photographer who you have paid good money for, who will be doing the photographs for you. There are, of course, times when even the photographer is not allowed by the Church to shoot during the ceremony.

It may be a good idea to let your guests know in advance. So pop something in their invite. Something like this:

“The Bride & Groom have asked that you share in their Wedding fully and not through the lens of a camera or mobile device. They have hired an amazing photographer ………………………. who will be capturing the ceremony and will share the images after.”

Maybe just a reminder in the order of service too? A gentle reminder and reinforcement of your wishes by your officiant my help too.

Best way to make sure your wedding is then seen by everyone who attended is to arrange with your photographer to do Sneak Peeks of maybe four images on Social Media or their website within a couple of days. This way they can be shared, liked or just looked at to help re-live your day.

Just thought I would blog about this because there seems to be more and more emphasis on an “Unplugged Wedding” or asking guests to actually enjoy and celebrate with you with full attention.