Wedding Photography: Making Your Wedding an Unplugged Event

Decades ago, when professional photographers are the only people with high-end cameras, it is never difficult to take quality photographs of key moments at special events, like weddings. However, with today’s technology, cameras are very accessible and guests littering all over the venue can easily take snapshots of the newlywed couple, which often causes problems to professional wedding photographers.

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To prevent unforeseen events from ruining your most special day, and the lifetime remembrance of this event—your wedding photographs, here’s how you can make an unplugged wedding possible.

Talk to Your Photographer

Bear in mind that guests take photos because they wish to share and cherish the moment with you. In order not to dismay your guests, try to discuss with your photographer about live streaming of photos and whether you can access a couple of shots days following the wedding and share it online. Since you’re going to stop your guests from capturing images, make the extra effort to share your professionally taken shots with them as soon as possible.

Decide On the Exemptions

Perhaps, you just want an undivided attention during the solemnization and allow everyone to use their cameras on dinner banquet. Or, maybe you would prefer to have everybody’s attention all throughout the wedding and prevent any possibilities of guests posting updates and photos to social media while your event is going on. Whatever direction you want to implement, be clear on how unplugged you want your wedding to be before disseminating your request. Lastly, take into consideration the emergency use of phones, such as those parents who have to leave their little ones at home with their babysitters; they’ll definitely need to make some calls at some point during the reception.

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Inform Everyone

Now that you’ve decided, it’s time to let your invitees know that your wedding is an unplugged event. Below are some suggestions on how you can politely ask your guests.

• Make a small note in your program about your wedding’s unplugged status. You may also want to include more details why it’s important for you to have everyone’s full attention at the celebration.
• Post a sign at the venue’s entrance asking everyone to turn off their digital devices during the ceremony, or the entire wedding if you want. You can search online for printable posts or make it more personal by making one your own.
• Ask your presider to remind everyone to power off their mobile devices and cameras before the ceremony starts. Your presider’s reminder can be anything from a humble request to a funny reminder.
• Include in your wedding website that you are having an unplugged wedding. You can further explain your reason why it matters to you.

Ask Someone to Take Charge

Ask someone or a group of individuals, perhaps your bridesmaids or the groomsmen, to take charge of this matter. Let them do the job of reminding everyone to keep their digitals turned off. If appointing one person, be sure that he or she is comfortable with the role and won’t feel intimated to remind those people who attempt to overrule your requests.

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Encourage Guests’ Participation

In your website or program, make your guests excited by giving them a sneak peak of the entertainment and activities, like games, live band, and photo booth, you’re featuring at your nuptials. Encourage them to join the activities and reassure them that you will be sharing the fun and beautiful images afterwards. Just be sure, though, to confirm with your photographer that you’ll be needing some photos to share right after you wedding.

Inform Your Hired Photographer

When you choose to have an unplugged wedding, chances are that your hired photographer will be more than happy to work with you. Discuss thoroughly with your photographer about your photography plans. For instance, provide him a list of important moments and shots you want him to capture. During the solemnization, these moments usually include the walk down the aisle, exchange of vows, and first kiss. At the reception, these includes the arrival of bride and groom, speeches and toast, and first dance. Also, the photographer needs to see the venue in order for him to know where to position himself.

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Provide Disposable Cameras

If you think it would be too much to ask your guests to steer clear from taking photos even after the ceremony, why not provide them with disposable cameras during the dinner banquet? Place one or two cameras on each table so your guests would get to snap away as much photos as they like without worrying about your wedding getting into any social networking sites. First, ensure that the disposable cameras are with flash if having your wedding in an indoor venue with low lighting. Then, leave a friendly note to encourage everyone to use the cameras, and don’t forget to label them to avoid guests from bringing them home.

An important note: If you allow your bridesmaids and groomsmen to take snapshots of you while dressing up and getting ready for the ceremony, do not forget to remind them not to post any pictures to social media before the wedding begins. You don’t want to ruin the essence of surprise before you actually walk down the aisle.

A wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and we don’t want to risk getting badly taken photos because of unwanted lights from camera flashes or heads and mobile devices stealing the scene on what’s supposed to be a bride-groom portrait. Unplugged wedding is something that every couple should consider. This doesn’t only provide assurance to having excellently taken wedding photographs, but also allows your guests to relax and witness every event as they unfold.

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