There are cameras everywhere today. I mean, everywhere. Phones have amazing cameras, mine will even let me change the settings manually. Ipads have cameras, too.
I take pictures all of the time. And not only when I have a DSLR in my hand. I like to capture everything. But there are times when I need to present and NOT break out my camera. And one day when we need to be present the most is the day our friend or loved one gets married.
So, as a bride or groom, what can you do to help your guests be present at your wedding? Why not ask them nicely to put down their phone, camera, or even iPad so they can view your day with their eyes and not through a camera lens? Gently remind them that you hired photographers to capture the day. And we encourage you, after the wedding, to share the photos we have taken with your family and friends. They want to see every detail of your ceremony and every portrait we captured. Maybe even print a few for them, or make them a small album.
We want you to be able to see the faces of the people you love in the audience at your ceremony, not a phone or camera. So, how do you announce an "unplugged ceremony?" You can put something on your programs, a sign at the back of your ceremony site, or have someone make an announcement.
We do encourage you to ask your family and friends to post reception photos with a personalized hashtag on social media. This is a great way to see your guests having fun at their tables and other areas of your reception. And we know you will love to see those!