Hi friends! As much as I love my cell phone, I can totally see how some couples see them as a nuisance at their wedding. So it’s not surprising that the unplugged wedding is becoming more and more popular. Not only does it almost force your friends and family to be completely present for your big day, but you also avoid your guests getting in the way of the photographer while they try to capture their own cell phone photos.
Whatever your reasoning may be, here are some tips:
- Only the ceremony should be “unplugged.” It’s when you want your guests to really pay attention and be present. But let them go wild with the photos at the reception! Half the fun is waking up the next morning and seeing all those fun shots on Instagram before you get your professional shots. But if you’re really a private couple that’s uncomfortable with your wedding being on social media, you should feel free to note that to your guests.
- Make use of signage. Clever signage is always a great way to relay the message of an unplugged wedding. Place it right outside your ceremony space so guests can take note as they walk in. Don’t forget to make it cute! Have it penned by a calligrapher or place a nice border around it so it complements your décor.
- Or make an announcement. If signage isn’t your thing, or you simply want to reinforce the message, have your wedding planner or a trusted friend/family member make a quick announcement before the ceremony begins. Remember to have them use a little levity or humor…no one wants to feel like they’re in school!
- Brush off any “rebels.” There’s bound to be at least one person who didn’t get the memo or simply ignores it and whips their phone at as soon as you walk down the aisle. Don’t sweat it! You probably won’t notice anyway. You have bigger things to focus on, after all.
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