Guest taking the opportunity to photograph the bride and groom at the wedding reception in Miskin Manor, Cardiff

Why you should have an ‘un-plugged’ wedding

Having photographed many weddings already over the last few years I was once asked by a wedding guest, who may I add, firmly grasping her iPad with the camera app open asked “Can I stand infront of you to take a photo quickly with my iPad?”. Did that not entirely defeat the object of why i’m here? I’m affraid to report it’s such a common thing, tablets and phones sticking out of the ensemble of either isle of the ceremony room, all competing for a blurry, back of the head image that will never go further than their device. Why do people insist on photographing other peoples wedding?

 

Guest taking the opportunity to photograph the bride and groom at the wedding reception in Miskin Manor, Cardiff

Guest taking the opportunity to photograph the bride and groom at the wedding reception in Miskin Manor, Cardiff

 

A few of my recent couples have asked if it’s a good idea to go ‘un-plugged’ (no phones or tablets), not only is the attention soely on the couple but there can’t be any distractions such as a message beep or social media notification during the ceremony. Of course it doesn’t bother me at all and all guest freely allow me to get the job done, on occasions there always is that one person who brings an enthusiast camera trying to jump into the middle of the isle but even then, they aren’t a bother.

 

So why should you have an ‘un-plugged’ wedding?

  1. When you turn around after saying ‘I Do’ you see a sea of faces and not a barricade of phones.
  2. It means that everyone is engaged in the moment, laughing, crying, throwing confetti and drinking!
  3. Everyone is looking at one camera during the group shots and isn’t distracted by a guests camera over the photographers shoulder.
  4. No distractions from beeping, ringing and clicking of cameras which may also affect the photographers exposure due to flashes from phones and guests cameras.
  5. Everyone is looking at you, talking with other guests and meeting new members of family.

 

If you are considering going ‘un-plugged’ and banishing all devices from your wedding, The LifeStyled Company on Etsy is a great supplier of the sign on entry to the venue.

 

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‘Un-plugged’ Wedding board by The LifeStyled Company on Etsy.com

 

So how do you actually tell your guests? Well you could always suprise them at the venue with this sign, or you could share this post and also put a small note on the RSVP so they have plenty of notice to catch up with the latest on social media.

 

As part of the packages I offer, every couple will receive a gallery with all of the wedding photography images, so that they can share with their guests, giving the option to also digitally download each image as often as they like! So your guests can enjoy the whole day and not have to worry about missing a moment.

 

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