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The case for an unplugged wedding! Why you might want to ask your guests to put their cameras away

A guest approached me at a recent wedding and asked why I didn’t want them to take pictures during the ceremony. My couple asked their guests to put down their cameras and their phones, and to be present, it wasn’t something I asked for as the photographer.

I get a lot of couples ask if it’s a good idea to make their ceremony unplugged. They ask if guests with cameras impact on my ability to do my job. I always say no, they don’t and that’s true of most weddings. You occasionally get an occasional overzealous hobbyist photographer, but you work around them and the average guest with a camera or a phone is no bother at all.

So why would a couple have an unplugged ceremony?


Well this picture which was shared on Instagram by my friend Lydia at Ever Ours perfectly illustrates the point (as does her post about it here).

An unplugged wedding means you see a sea of smiling faces, as you walk up the aisle

An unplugged wedding means ALL of your guests are throwing confetti and laughing and all will be heard are the vows you’re exchanging, instead of a cacophony of beeps and shutters being released.

At an unplugged wedding everyone is present and no one is distracted.

Going unplugged weddings means no blocked shots, no ruined exposures because a guest’s flash fired and no family group shots where everyone is looking in different directions because of the sea of cameras. The issues listed in this paragraph can be worked around but it does make my life a little easier if they don’t exist in the first place!

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So how do you broach the subject with your guests and make sure they understand your reasons for wanting to go unplugged?

Well you could share this post with them. If you have a wedding website feel free to link to it, or you could include a bit of information about your reasons for choosing an unplugged ceremony with your wedding invitation.

With all of my wedding photography collections, you have the option to add downloads for all of your guests, so they really can put their cameras away without worrying about something being missed.