The Wedding Affair Perfect Planning Guide… An Unplugged Wedding
It’s Hump Day! I hope you are all well this morning and looking forward to the bank holiday weekend? (Happy dance)
If you read The Wedding Affair Blog religiously you will know that Wednesdays must be up there with our favourite days. First of all, its Wedding Wednesday. And, of course you will know that we love any excuse to talk everything, and anything about weddings. That reminds us that also it is #WeddingHour tonight on Twitter, 9-10pm, again yet another excuse to talk none stop about weddings! It’s a great day.
If you too, are like us and adore anything wedding related, whether you are a Bride, Groom, supplier, venue or anyone for that matter, we would love to catch up with you there. As you may have gathered, tonight, we are talking all about Unplugged Weddings
One thing that you may not have thought about yet when it comes to planning your wedding is, to what extent do you allow your guests to use social media? Of course, at The Wedding Affair we’re huge lovers of social media. After all, we’re the hosts and originators of #WeddingHour – the UK’s most popular hashtag hour. We love how Twitter has become such a powerful tool. Not only that, but with all our social media platforms updated daily, The Wedding Affair is nothing short of social media friendly.
While some couples encourage their friends and family to snap as many photos as possible throughout the day, others are asking their guests to shut off their camera’s for the day. There are understandably strong arguments on both sides. (Don’t worry you can catch up on last week’s topic of social savvy weddings)
In the mean time take a look at a few of our idea’s for that unplugged wedding of yours…
What is an “Unplugged Wedding” we hear you ask!? Well, in a modern world where we are so frequently encouraged to snap every passing moment and post it on social media, whether it be Snapchat, Instagram or any other social network. We all know too well that a wedding can be just too tantalisingly beautiful for our phones to remain in our pockets.
In these modern times, ‘Photobombing’ is not only a term to be used when a person leaps in front of the lens as a photo is being taken, but it can also apply when someone’s phone or iPad screen intrudes on what was initially a lovely photo to capture. Some couples, therefore, have decided that they don’t wish to be wed surrounded by friends snapping away for their Instagram accounts, and they have chosen to hold an ‘Unplugged’ ceremony.
Reasons why many couples are now opting for an unplugged wedding are:
- In professional wedding photos, all you can see is guests looking down at their phones and not their faces. I’m sure no bride want’s that on their wedding day
- Guests are often so busy posting a picture to Instagram or sending it on to someone that they are not truly present and miss moments that you would have liked to have shared with them
- People are never as natural when they know so many cameras are lurking around every corner
- Photo’s may get published online before you would have liked them. Perhaps meaning people see photo’s before you would have liked, or leaving you paranoid about what is getting posted online, on a day you don’t want to be on your phone
- After a certain amount of time all any phone user is interested in is finding a way to charge their dying battery.
If you share any of these views the solution really is simple, make sure that you have at least one professional photographer present at all times. Of course, they will be able to get the most gorgeous snaps (your guests will appreciate them all the more). The best thing to do is to have your main photographer, and a back-up photographer who, by working together, will make sure that all key areas are covered and captured, and no one leaves the party feeling as though they’ve missed a magical moment.
With your photographer organised, all that needs to be done is to advise guests politely that you would prefer for them to leave the photography to the professionals and just enjoy themselves. Perhaps an announcement from one of the wedding party, for example, the best man, or by a bespoke sign – you can find a couple of our favourites in the post, today.
Let guests know through the use of signage, blackboards, your wedding website etc. You will find that there are plenty of fun and creative ways to do this, Unplugged never has to mean un-fun.
If you like the sound of having an Unplugged Wedding here are some key messages that we thought you could mention to your guests, just in case they comment on your choice:
- You are paying an excellent photographer to capture your special day
- All photos taken at the wedding will be shared with your guests ready for them to download and use or show to people
- Seeing them involved, talking and having fun with each other is a far nicer sight than seeing them looking down at the glow of their phone screen
- At the end of the day, it is the collection of professional wedding shots that you will treasure, frame or slip into an album, not the snapshots or selfies which were taken and uploaded with a hashtag.
Everyone is different but if you can’t cope with the idea of photo-bombers or serial tweeters at your big day, perhaps ‘Unplugged’ is the way to go… let us know your thought’s in the comments below, or send us a tweet this evening in #weddinghour.
Have a lovely day!