What is an unplugged wedding and why are you having one?
In short, an unplugged wedding means you leave all your electronics at home, in your car, or in your bag (and turned off) so that you can be in the moment and enjoy the celebration.
Why are we asking for this? It isn’t to be mean, we promise! The hope is that this will encourage you to be a part of the moment, to soak in your surroundings, to interact with your fellow guests (who we think are really rad people!) and to not live these moments through a screen or a view finder. We want to see you when we look at our guests, not your phones or everyone looking away to devices to check texts or see if you got a great photograph.
Our ceremony will be short so you won’t be away from your phones for long – we promise whoever is calling will call back and your unread text will still be there. We want you to be able to really enjoy our wedding, feeling truly present and in the moment with us.
We’ve hired an amazing wedding photographer, Caught You On Camera, who will be capturing the way the wedding looks — and we’re inviting each of you to sit back, relax, and just enjoy how the wedding feels.
We’re respectfully asking that everyone leave all cameras, cell phones, and tablets off and put away. Of course, we’re happy to share our professional wedding photos later, but the greatest gift you can give us is just being fully here with us in this sacred and special moment.
In addition to your now-freed attention to be in the moment and enjoy the actual wedding and celebration with us, this will also allow for the least obstructions (i.e. phones sticking into the aisle, iPads sticking into the air, etc) so our photographers can get amazing shots to share with everyone – and we promise the photos will be amazing!
Often unknowingly guests taking their own photos can get in the way of the hired photography team or alter intended shots by your camera flash going off at the wrong time. We don’t want this to happen or you to feel guilty over getting in a shot (first kiss, first look, etc), so the best course is to encourage you to enjoy the moment and leave the documenting to our fabulous photographer, Whitney, from Caught You On Camera.
Whitney and her team have our every confidence that they will produce phenomenal images that we can all enjoy for years to come (or for as long as you would like). We pinky promise to share these images with you as soon as we get them.
We ask that the “unplugged” wedding consist of the ceremony and the first part of the reception through events such as the first dance, cake cutting, etc.
This is out of the ordinary – what if I forget?
Not to worry, we will have some pre-selected people give a gentle reminder before the start of the ceremony and before we start the moments of the reception we really want you to be fully present for.
What devices does this include?
Our wish is that all devices that could provide a distraction to you or fellow guests would be left behind or turned off… (and honestly, who wants the embarrassing experience of their phone ringing accidentally during the vows – it’s best to be safe).
We hope you will see where we are coming from. We are more than happy to discuss this more if you have more questions. Our wish is that everyone be capable of living in the moment with us and join in on the celebration.