Should you have one?

So what is an “unplugged” wedding – basically an unplugged wedding is where the use of all mobile phones, ipads (and sometimes even cameras) is forbidden at least until the end of the ceremony.
The unplugged wedding is gaining in popularity but is it for you?

Reasons to have an unplugged Wedding

Here are three reasons that I can think of to have an unplugged wedding (You may be able to think of more after you read this)

First, the couple getting married want their guests to be absolutely present. they want them to witness their special day through their eyes, not through a screen.

As much as I find this picture pretty cool, it’s a  shame that this guest is more concerned with getting a photograph than what’s happening in front of her.

Secondly, an ‘unplugged wedding’ request also prevents guests from posting on social media. Perhaps, you do not want picture(s) of your first kiss or your beautiful wedding gown to be all over social media before you have got to the end of the aisle and before your evening guests arrive to join the celebrations at the first dance.

Finally, and more importantly for me as your photographer, the unplugged wedding prevents mobile phones and ipads being featured in your pictures.

Ipads are also becoming more and more popular at weddings, particularly with the older generation!
Then there are guests who like to bring video cameras, I am totally cool with this too, as it means more pictures for you at the end (often out of focus and badly exposed but nevertheless they are pictures of your day)
Having 20 backup wedding photographers is always nice, but as long as they do not ruin our picture. I often find that couples will be distracted and there eyes are looking away from my camera towards a guest with a camera/phone and  it ruins the moment.
Having, said that weddings that are “plugged” are the ‘norm’ and I deal with it the best I can ….
I completely understand that your guests are free to do what they want, and I DO NOT mind if they photobomb your pictures with their mobile phones and cameras BUT It’s your day and I want to deliver the best possible pictures to you without any distractions.

Allowing your guests to take pictures during the ceremony can be like having a 100 extra photographers. On the other hand, you may decide that you would prefer to have 100 guests at your ceremony and only 1 photographer.

This decision is yours, but I know what I would prefer if it was me (again)


I addition to your celebrant reminding guests at the start of the ceremony that the service will be an unplugged wedding – It’s become common place to have an unplugged wedding sign where guests can see it before the ceremony.

Unplugged wedding signs wording – You can copy the text below that I have seen on unplugged wedding sign designs at recent ceremonies I have covered

Unplugged Wedding  Sign #1

Welcome to our Unplugged Wedding Ceremony
We’d love it if you were fully present with s during out ceremony …. so please turn off all mobile phones and cameras
We promise to share all the beautiful photos taken today by our wedding photographer with you!

Unplugged Wedding  Sign #2

Oh Snap!!
Thank you for coming, we have but one plea….
PLEASE keep our ceremony camera free!!

Unplugged Wedding  Sign #3
We’d love to see your faces….not your devices
please keep your phones and cameras in your pockets until the first dance
Thank you for respecting our Unplugged wedding!

Unplugged Wedding  Sign #4

Welcome to our Unplugged Wedding Ceremony!
We invite you to be fully present
Please turn off your devices
Thank you

Unplugged Wedding  Sign #5

This is our ‘Unplugged Wedding Sign’ asking you to keep your cameras and phones in your pockets until after the ceremony!
Thank you so much for your consideration!

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