I recently came across another photographer’s blog post about unplugged weddings (no cellphones, cameras, etc. during the ceremony) and thought it was quite open for debate.

Unplugged Weddings

Some think unplugged only benefits the photographer because we then have exclusive images to sell the client. As much as that statement has some truth to it, it is not entirely fact. The reason most of us photographers prefer an unplugged wedding is so that our photographs, the ones you are paying us to capture, are at a professional standard and art-worthy. The only thing worse than not capturing the perfect moment because we “missed it”, is nailing the shot only to see that a guest’s flash or body has ruined YOUR image. That’s right, as saddened and frustrated we photographers get when someone ruins one of our photographs, keep in mind these are images of your wedding. Often enough we are limited to one area of the church/sanctuary/etc. and cannot step into the aisle. When a guest steps out into the ailse in front of us, it makes it very difficult to capture the moment. Especially when your guest is using an on-camera flash or large tablet which get in the way.

One thing that has grown in popularity in the last few years is social media. Many couples even use apps and designated accounts and #hashtags to identify themselves online and ask their guests to use them when posting images from the wedding. While this new technology is super cool, it can have its downsides as well. The post also pointed out the accidental first looks because of a bridesmaid posting an image of the bride on facebook for the world to see, including the groom!

I wholeheartedly recommend an unplugged ceremony, and let your guests freely capture the rest of the day’s moments. Just make sure you set ground rules for your guests for social media and online sharing. Of course, some couples are more reserved and private for a number of possible reasons, so if you’re attending a wedding this year try to keep this in mind (for the couple AND the photographer too).