Like it or not, we live in a time where you may well hear your childhood vicar announce “please refrain from taking photographs and posting on social media during the ceremony”. It’s not typically in their job description, but that is just one of the ways that couples are trying to take back control of social media on their wedding day.
If you want your guests to completely live in the moment with you on your big day (and you want to avoid that photo of you where you look like you have five chins circulating on Facebook), an unplugged wedding could be for you. Your guests will be able to appreciate your special day without thinking about how many likes their Instagram post has, which filter best shows off their new outfit, and you won’t have to say your vows to a sea of smartphone flashes.
Now an unplugged wedding is no small feat these days, and your guests are bound to experience some withdrawal symptoms, so it’s a good idea to let them know well in advance that the wedding will only take off once all phones are safely in airplane mode. Whether you decide to let them know on the invitations, or with a board outside the ceremony venue, explaining that you want your guests to enjoy the moment rather than happy snapping (after all, you’ve forked out a small fortune for a photographer to do that) should help them come to terms with being unplugged for the duration of the wedding.
Think an unplugged wedding could be for you? We’d love to know your thoughts!
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The ultimate wedding expert, Alison has been advising brides, grooms and bridesmaids for more than 25 years. She has an unrivalled knowledge of the British wedding industry and frequently appears on podcasts and expert panels. She regularly attends international wedding conferences to keep the UK at the forefront of wedding planning trends.