Our phones have come a long way. When I got married smart phones were not invented yet (promise I’m not that old). In fact, we had disposable cameras on each table at our reception (okay, I’m dating myself here). But now, in 2020, when you go to a wedding- almost everybody has their smart phone with them, and usually not tucked away in their purse or pockets. I’m not hating on smartphones, I’d be lost without mine. I use it for #allthethings. But, I love the idea of a wedding unplugged . . . and here’s why.
- Permission to enjoy: The bride and groom likely hired a professional photographer, who’s entire job is to capture all the amazing moments of that day, so you don’t have to. You get to sit back and enjoy it. If they wanted hundreds of iphone photos of their wedding, I’m going to go out a limb here and say that they wouldn’t be willing to pay thousands of dollars for a professional photographer.
- Blocking: This one is especially important. I know you care about their day, and want it to be epic. I know you want their photos to be epic. When holding your phone and leaning out into the middle of the isle, it makes it very hard for photographers to do our job and capture unobstructed views of the bride and groom’s first kiss or any number of beautiful moments that happen that day, that can’t be replicated.
- Confusion: We’ve all had that moment when phones and cameras all pointed at you and you aren’t quite sure where to look. Wedding photographers keep a timeline, they only have a certain amount of time to capture certain moments. If the bride and groom or other family members don’t know where to look, it not only slows down the process but can result in missing moments, and the bridal party looking in 4 different directions for some awkward photos.
- Celebrate: This is the beauty of it all. This day won’t happen again. The bride and groom want you to embrace it, they want you to celebrate them and their new life, they want you to interact with the other guests. They want you to have the time of their life and let it be a memorable day forever. If everyone is stuck on their phones, that doesn’t happen.
A wedding unplugged is such a simple way to live in the moment and embrace what that day is all about. Love. Connection. Togetherness.
Also, you can totally break it out for some selfie’s or when someone is breaking it down on the dance floor, or whatever! Just be aware of when and where you are taking photos, making sure it isn’t intrusive to the reason you are there in the first place.