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The case for pulling the plug on cameras at weddings

It’s a snap decision but one that needs to be made either way: to allow cameras (ie phones) at the wedding ceremony, or not?

More and more couples are choosing an “unplugged” wedding. In other words, no cameras, no phones! They ask their celebrant to announce that they don’t want pictures taken at the ceremony and they certainly don’t want anything being posted on social media. The reasons are mainly:

• To have their guests fully engaged in the ceremony – ie they are present in the moment and not distracted by getting the right pic for facebook.

• Couples want to choose their own top pics first from their professional photographer!

On the other hand, most couples are keen to get as many photos up on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook as possible; one compelling reason is that they can share the magic of the day with friends, families and colleagues especially those who couldn’t be there. They can even create a unique ‘wedding hashtag’ that allows their friends and family to contribute their photos and videos as well.

If you are in the “unplugged” camp, what’s the etiquette for addressing guests at an “unplugged” wedding? I have recently suggested a few options to my couples. Ideally any announcement should include a bit of humour to avoid offending guests.

Here are a few ideas:

Option 1:
The Bride and Groom ask that you refrain from posting any photos of today’s ceremony – or tonight’s proceedings reception on any social media sites such as Facebook, until they have had a chance to do so themselves. That way they can ensure only the ones that make them look gorgeous get published!

Option 2:
Before we begin, the Bride and Groom have asked me to let you know of their desire for an “unplugged wedding”. They want you to be able to relax and have fun with them today! And with this in mind, they invite you to please turn off your mobile phones and put down your cameras. The professional photographer will capture how this moment looks. I encourage you to focus on the beautiful ceremony without any distractions.

The Bride and Groom will happily share their professional photos later, but the greatest gift you can give them today is just being fully here with them in this special moment.

After the ceremony, you are more than welcome to take photos but please hold off uploading any to social media until the Bride and Groom have had a chance to do so themselves.

Option 3:

Before we start, we’d like to say
During our wedding today
At the risk of moans and groans,
Please switch off your phones
And put your cameras away!

The Bride and Groom will happily share their professional photos later, but the greatest gift you can give them today is just being fully here with them in this special moment.

After the ceremony, you are more than welcome to take photos but please hold off uploading any to social media until the Bride and Groom have had a chance to do so themselves.

– What do you think? “plugged” or “unplugged” weddings?

2014-09-29T21:15:34+00:00 July 6th, 2014|

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