It’s not secret that technology is king in our generation. From iPhones to tablets to Apple watches, we are constantly plugged in to social media and the internet. While this is great for most occasions, weddings are not the place for technology overload. More and more brides are making their ceremonies and even their receptions “unplugged”. This means you check your phone at the door or you simply keep it in your purse. If you’ve considered making any part of your wedding technology free, we’re here to help you! Here are some tips + tricks for pulling off a fun and fabulous unplugged wedding.
- Decide just how unplugged you want your big day to be! First, you need to figure out which aspects of your wedding day you want to be cell phone and camera free. Most brides make their ceremony unplugged. The main reason for this is so your very excited (and truly well-meaning) guests don’t get in the way of your photographer’s shot of you and your groom! This is such a special day and you don’t want cell phones blocking your face in those gorgeous photos. Having an unplugged ceremony also ensures your guests are “fully present” as you and your soon-to-be husband exchange your vows. Some brides ask guests to keep their cameras put up until after the first dance for the same reasons. Talk with your groom and decide what works best for you!
- Keep your guests in the know! Cute signage is the perfect way to let your guests know you’ve decided on an unplugged ceremony or wedding day. There are so many great ways to word your plea to keep cell phones off (you can find a couple of our favorites here on the blog and here). If you don’t think signage is going to cut it, add it into the program or even leave a small note in each seat. There’s several kind ways to ask your sweet friends and family to respect your wishes. Your guests will never know it’s an unplugged ceremony if you don’t tell them! cv
- Put someone in charge! Whether it’s your favorite cousin or your wedding planner, make sure someone is on the lookout for phones pre-ceremony. Have them kindly remind those flipping through Facebook moments before you walk down the aisle to turn their phone off. If your whole day is unplugged, have a “phone attendant” at the door to check phones in. However you decide to do it, make sure you have people supporting your unplugged vision!
- Don’t sweat it! Your sweet grandma might have toted along her camera and decided to snap your picture the second the doors open and you appear. Try your very hardest to not let it faze you! Keep your focus on that dashing groom waiting for you at the end of the aisle. When all is said and done, all you’ll remember is how amazing your big day was. Your fabulous photographers and videographers are skilled enough to edit as needed!
Your wedding day should be just how you always envisioned it! If cameras and cell phones take away from your big day, just don’t be afraid to ask your guests to honor your requests! Share your unplugged wedding ideas with us on our Facebook or Instagram.