Some of your guests will see your wedding as their chance to snap photos for their Facebook or Instagram feed. Having a ton of cameras sticking out of the aisle really ruins the ambiance of your wedding, not to mention that a guest may cause us to miss a crucial moment by trying to get their own photo. We strongly recommend having an 'unplugged ceremony'. Invite your guests to put aside their cameras for the duration of the ceremony and just be with you without the distraction of technology.
1. Your guests will listen and interact more
Without the distraction of their phone and/or camera, your guests will be free to immerse themselves in the experience that you’ve spent months planning. They will be more likely to listen to and remember your ceremony better (so make it awesome!), rather than experience it through a viewfinder or small screen.
2. Your professional photos won’t be compromised
Here’s the harsh truth: although the technology of taking photos has advanced, the photography skills of most people haven’t.
A professional and experienced wedding photographer will make the best of any lighting situation so you can skip the unflattering, inappropriate, grainy, or dark photos that some guests think are okay to upload to social media.
The extra benefit of not having a camera in everyone’s hands means that your photographer won’t need to jostle for prime position with Aunt Betty, be blocked down the aisle, or have guest's flashes overexpose the photos they take.
Lastly, your wedding photos will simply look better with your guests paying attention to you and not their devices.
1) Let your guests know ahead of time via your invitations (but never ON the invitation ― use an insert in the envelope or alternatively, add the notification to your wedding website). Avoid cutesy poems or funny verse, if you can help it. This is your first opportunity to make it clear what your expectations are.
Something simple like: “We invite you to be truly present at our ceremony and respectfully request that all cameras and phones be turned off. We look forward to sharing our professional photos with you after the big day.”
2) You can post signage or include a note in your program.
3) And, you can ask your officiant to make a quick reminder before the ceremony begins.
“The bride and groom kindly request an unplugged ceremony. Please turn off all devices and enjoy being fully present in this moment with us.”
“The greatest gift you can give us today is to be truly present, so please turn off all phones and cameras and enjoy this special moment with us. ”