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Unplugged wedding tips

Professional photographers and videographers are hired by the couple to capture the wedding and reception. Doing their jobs well is often challenging when guests with cell phones or cameras push in front of them to take photos. To avoid that scenario, consider confiscating all recording devices before the ceremony. Then guests can simply enjoy the event, and professional recorders won’t have to dodge others’ phones or cameras.

  1. Post a sign at the entrance of the ceremony asking guests to turn in cell phones, cameras and video cameras. If you prefer not to do this, go to number 7.
  2. Ask two to four people to collect guests’ recording devices and put each in a bag with the guest’s name.
  3. Ask one or two people to guard the precious devices during the ceremony. During that time, the bags can be arranged in alphabetical order for easy distribution after the ceremony.
  4. After the ceremony, get at least four people to dispense the devices.
  5. The couple should be available at some point for guests to take photos of them, perhaps after the emcee has announced them at the reception.
  6. If you don’t want photos taken during the reception, either, keep the devices safe during that time.
  7. If you don’t want to take away phones and cameras, then request that guests not take photos during the ceremony.
  8. Sign text suggestion: “Welcome to our unplugged ceremony. Please turn off your phones and cameras.”
  9. Sign text suggestion: “Welcome to our unplugged wedding. We invite you to be fully present during our ceremony. Please turn off all cell phones and cameras. Thank you.”
  10. Sign text suggestion: “Wedding. There’s a woman here with a big, impressive camera. We invited her here to capture our special day. So that you can be fully present with us, we ask that you please keep your cameras and phones tucked away.”

 

 

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Unplugged wedding ceremony sign. Photo by Raney Day Photography.
Port Gamble wedding. Wallflower Photography
Published on August 3, 2017.

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