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Unplugged Weddings – Should you have one?

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January 9, 2019


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The flowers are up, the guests have arrived, the dress is on! You’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. The moment you join your love in the altar to become one forever.

The entire day, all you’ve been looking forward to is seeing his reaction, when he sees you walking down the aisle. This is your big moment! BUT you can barely catch a glimpse of him because everyone’s on their phones recording you as you come down the aisle, blocking your view.

Ok, that scenario isn’t very likely to happen but it’s the risk you run.

In today’s digital age, we are all so connected to our devices and we seem to really live by the saying Pics or it didn’t happen. And it all comes from a good place, we are excited for the couple and we want everyone to know it but the problem is that because of this, sometimes we give up being in the moment and enjoying it liveā€¦ and I don’t mean Facebook Live šŸ˜‰

This is the problem that the Unplugged Wedding concept looks to solve.

So what exactly is an Unplugged Wedding?

An Unplugged Wedding is when the bride and groom ask the guests to refrain from taking photos or videos during the wedding with their phones, tablets, cameras or any electronic device.

Having an unplugged wedding allows your guests to be fully present, to listen and react to the vows you’ve been writing for months. And to celebrate this moment with you rather than experiencing it later through their small phone screens.

Another great benefit of having an unplugged wedding is that your photographers and videographers can capture your big day more effectively. Without anyone blocking them or the guests’ devices making a special appearance in all your photos, which, let’s be real, does not make for the best photos. I’m sure phones and iPads are not part of your shot list!

After the wedding, there are a lot of ways to share your photos so that all your family and friends can relive the day! Shoot Dot Edit, has an awesome blog with 22 Different Ways for a Bride to Share her Wedding Photos, click here to read it!Ā 

Unplugged Wedding Alternatives

If you’re concerned that your guests might not like the idea of an unplugged wedding, you can opt for just having an Unplugged Ceremony. This way your guests are present and can participate in the ceremony but they can also share their excitement for your big day online during the cocktail hour and reception! This will allow you to get the best of both worlds!

Whether you decide to unplug the whole wedding or just the ceremony or not unplug at all. It’s all up to you!! Your guests, your photographers and videographers are there to support you and will be happy to be there regardless!

Make sure to share your thoughts on Unplugged weddings below and Happy Wedding planning! šŸ™‚ And check out more from this lovely wedding here


  1. Kaitlyn Greer says:

    I am having a wedding in July of 2020 and have always been an advocate for an unplugged wedding. This allows for the guests to thoroughly enjoy the entire evening by listening to vows, appreciating the little moments, and sharing it with the many people that care about the bride and groom. It also allows for the photographer to do their job, because in all actuality, they are being paid to be the ones to professionally capture those moments for us! So, yes, I will be participating in an unplugged wedding and look forward to Ruth photographing all of our moments for us! šŸ™‚

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