Unplugged weddings are one of the biggest wedding trends right now. An unplugged wedding means no smartphones blocking your biggest moments when you view them for the rest of your life. But, how can you get your guests to comply with this request when most people live with their smartphone at their fingertips at all times.
We teamed up with some wedding experts in Colorado to provide you with tips on how to work with your photographers and videographer to keep your guests' phones down.
"I see couples that are so excited to flip through their photos after their wedding," said Jenna Jeager, wedding planner with Revel and Roots, "but the biggest disappointment is when they find a picture of a smartphone blocking their first kiss or someone stands up to take a picture during their vows."
Couples spend months, if not years, planning for their wedding day to ensure everything is perfect. Reminding your guests to keep their phones down is a key factor in being able to remember your big day perfectly for the rest of your life.
"It is not worth missing one of the most important moments of your life because someone sent a Snapchat," said Travis Weger, creative director with Colorado Wedding Films. "It is always so difficult when we are putting a video together and right at a big moment someone stood up to take a picture, blocking a moment that the couple will never be able to get back."
Having an unplugged wedding is essential for your day. Here are five tips on how to help your guests keep their phones down during the most important day of your life.
1 - Meet with your photographer and videographer.
Your photographer and videographer are responsible for capturing your most intimate wedding day moments, from getting ready to the first look, to grandma on the dance floor. Meet with both the photographer and the videographer prior to your wedding day to discuss that you would like an unplugged wedding. This will help them prepare for capturing your big day.
"I like to meet with my brides before their weddings and talk about what they would like to see in their photos," said David Alderman, owner of David Alderman Weddings. "Most of the time I will recommend having an unplugged wedding, but if they tell me beforehand, that makes it a lot easier, that way we know we can ask guests to please keep their phones down during those important moments."
2 - Discuss what parts you want unplugged.
Different couples decide different things - from wanting the entire wedding unplugged or just the ceremony. The most common type of unplugged weddings are the ceremony, but many couples have opted to make their entire day unplugged, asking guests to put their phones away.
"The ceremony is going to be the main piece for your video," said Travis. "While recording your ceremony, we setup multiple cameras to make sure we can get as many angles as possible. If someone stands up in front of our camera, you may miss a critical moment that would be gone forever. We always recommend to at least have the ceremony unplugged."
3 - Communicate with your guests.
One of the best ways to let your guests know you are having an unplugged wedding is by communicating with them early and often. There are many ways to communicate with your guests to let them know including announcing it on your website, invitations or calling them beforehand.
Jenna, with Revel and Roots, recommends communicating as much as you can. A lot of times your guests may miss or overlook something, like what is in the invitation. She explains that people receive a lot of information throughout the day, so it doesn't hurt to reiterate the message multiple times in multiple places.
4 - Have your officiant announce it!
Your ceremony is one of the only opportunities where you have all your guests seated and paying attention. Asking the officiant prior to the ceremony to announce that you are having an unplugged wedding is a great way to get everyone's attention and let them know you would like them to put their smartphones away.
"Guests are respectful of the couple's wishes and want to make sure they keep their phones down if asked," said Jenna, "it's probably the one time in your ceremony where you can have everyone's undivided attention."
5- Consider limited photo opportunities.
A great time for photos and videos is immediately following the ceremony. Taking a few minutes to give your guests an opportunity to take their own is a great way to let them take what they want without ruining your shots.
"A lot of people these days are using hashtags for their weddings," says David, "we all love taking photos and videos of other people's weddings, so this is a great way to give your guests a chance to take their own photos without blocking a special moment."
Your special day.
Weddings are the most important day of your life, and the time rushes by faster than you think. Having an unplugged wedding allows you to capture all the great moments while being able to enjoy it for the rest of your life.
Revel and Roots is more than a boutique event planning firm, they are dreamers with the creative capacity to design and execute an unforgettable party. Find out more at revelandrootsevents.com. David Alderman Weddings is where art and life are inextricably linked. A passionate artist, David is a believer in living in the moment and the power of connections. Find out more at davidaldermanweddings.com. Colorado Wedding Films offers a uniquely cinematic and professional experience unmatched in Colorado, let their award-winning cinematographers capture the moments that you will share the rest of your life. Find out more at coloradoweddingfilms.com.