Saying “I Do” Unplugged

From Krista Photography (http://www.kristaphoto.com/)

Think of the last wedding you attended. Perhaps it was of a distant relative’s, a friend’s, or a close family member’s. If were to ask you the question, “How do you remember it?” would you:a) Reach for your camera/laptop, or b) Begin telling your story from your own memory?

Then ask yourself, how do YOU want your family and friends to remember YOUR wedding day? From their own memory or through a viewfinder?

Enter, the “unplugged” wedding. In an unplugged wedding, couples politely ask their guests to turn off all electronic devices, including point-and-shoot cameras, cellphones and tablets, throughout their wedding ceremony. Granted, an unplugged wedding is not for everyone. You may be thinking: Why should I tell my guests to turn off their cameras and phones in this day of Facebook and Twitter? However, from the perspective of a wedding videographer and a recently wedded man myself, I feel there is a necessity to strongly consider going unplugged for your wedding for several reasons:

1. If you’re the bride and groom, you’ll be happier with your wedding film if the professionals aren’t obstructed by the heads or bodies of guests trying to capture a shot of the bride walking down the aisle or the couple’s first dance on their device.

You might think that more photographers/videographers the better (the extreme of that is everyone taking photos on their phones), however, this is most definitely not the case. More photos is NOT better. Fellow photogs and videogs will agree that all it takes is one uncle with his newly-purchased DSLR to ruin say the moment of your first kiss. I will tell you too many flashes will interfere with your photographer and definitely disrupt our filming. Additionally, I’ve always asked my couples, and it seems the uncle Bob photographers keep the photos to themselves and not share them with the couple.

2. Guests will be much more present in the event because they won’t be seeing the day through the lens of a camera or be distracted uploading photos to Twitter, Instragram and other social media sites.

If you see this screenshot, the three photographers at the end of the aisle were the photographers for the day from Studio Berry. There is an uncle among them preparing for a shot. A bit more to the right, we see another guest busy looking into the LCD screen of his camera. Then, to the far right we see another guest, but this one is looking right at the bride as she walks down the aisle. Wouldn’t you want all of your guests to have the expression he has, and to be fully present and sharing the experience with you?

3. You’re less likely to end up with embarrassing photos and video if you leave all photography/videography to the pros. Think about it: even if they catch a few photos of you sporting that weird facial expression you hate or nine chins, the pros definitely won’t be posting it on Facebook for all of your friends (and random people you knew in kindergarten) to see without your permission. There’s no guarantee that your friends and relatives won’t post those unflattering shots!

Ultimately, an unplugged wedding allows photographers and videographers do what they came to the wedding to do (photograph and film your wedding) and encourages your guests to do what they came to the wedding to do (attend and celebrate the day with you).

So is an unplugged wedding right for you?

From Shang Chen Photography (http://shangchenphoto.com/)