The Unplugged Wedding

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You've spent months on end planning the perfect wedding day, finding the perfect wedding dress, making sure every detail was exactly the way you want it, getting your hair and makeup done, and now the time to walk down the aisle and get the party started has come! You get to the end of the aisle about to walk down it on your father's arm, you look up to see your future husband's face and BAM! There's a bunch of your wedding guests sticking their cell phone filled hands into the aisle to catch a picture and it's blocking your view! You get over that and finally get to the altar and say your vows, exchange rings, and the time has come for your first kiss as husband and wife. Just as your lips come in close, another handful of your guests jump up and into the aisle to snap a quick picture with their cell phone. This doesn't bother you on your wedding day because at that moment you're smooching your babe, but let's look at it from your wedding photographer's perspective next...

As a wedding photographer, I am waiting at the aisle to capture your bridal party as they come down the aisle and now you and your father come. I snap some great shots of you two nervously walking towards the aisle and then run around to the front of the aisle to get a different perspective of you two with some of your guests lining the frame of the shot as they lovingly look on at you walking down the aisle. Just as I'm about to take a shot, your guest stick their cell phone filled hands into the aisle and I capture this...

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So if I Don't Have an Unplugged Wedding, I Won't Get Any Good Pictures???

Now of course as a professional wedding photographer, I do continuously move around and shoot to try and avoid your guest's hands, arms, and cell phones from being in the images I capture, but no photographer can guarantee they'll be successful in getting an image without those distractions. I do definitely try my absolute hardest to get in a position that will allow me to capture distraction free images to remember your wedding day by, and can often still get usable images such as this...

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Buuut...do you want to risk the chance that your guests don't ever clear the aisle of their cell phone filled hands for me to get great images captured during your entire wedding?

How to Reassure Your Guests They Won't Miss Out

Maybe you have seen this happen at weddings you've attended, you may have even taken some pictures yourself not realizing that you blocked the view of the professional photographer hired to capture the wedding. I completely understand the guest's point of view and wanting to have pictures to remember the love and celebration they were invited to and the excitement that often makes your guests unaware that they are even in the way of the professional photographer's camera lens. It's for this reason that I provide my clients who choose to have an Unplugged Wedding with a full online wedding gallery that they can share with their guests. This allows guests to be fully present in the moment and rest assured they aren't missing anything by not taking pictures because they'll have full access to the professional images taken to remember the love and celebration. If you're planning an Unplugged Wedding, you'll definitely want to make sure that your wedding photographer provides full gallery access as well so you can let your guests know.

How to Tell Your Guests You're Going Unplugged

If you do choose to have an Unplugged Wedding, this information should be conveyed prior to the wedding and at the wedding. This can be included as an insert in your wedding invitations as well as posted on a sign or printed in your wedding programs to remind your guests of your wishes. You can find a million and one ways to display the information about your Unplugged Wedding online, and especially places like Pinterest, and here is an example of what you'll find...

Things to Consider When Planning an Unplugged Wedding

Many couples choose to go Unplugged for only the ceremony, others only the highlight events during the entire wedding such as the ceremony, cake cutting, first dance, etc., and some couples choose to do a full Unplugged Wedding for the entire ceremony and reception. There is no right or wrong way to go Unplugged, it is all a matter of what you want to ensure your wedding photographer is able to capture distraction free. Just make sure that whatever you choose, you explain that to your guests before and the day of your wedding so they can be prepared ahead of time and reminded of your wishes on your wedding day!

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