Should we go "Unplugged"?
Most couples do not think about wedding details that extend past walking down the aisle, standing next to each other, exchanging vows and the First Kiss; however, they should. There is a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes that may or may not be taking away from this special day.
What is Right for YOU?
For some people, the wedding ceremony is a very sacred passage in their journey together and they want people to enjoy and be in the moment with them, uninhibited by technology. This is what is referred to as an "unplugged wedding." During theses ceremonies clients ask that their guests refrain from photographing or videotaping their ceremony and to instead be a part of this moment with them and enjoy it from a personal perspective (and not from the back of a smartphone). While choosing to go this route is completely up to the bride and groom, it does provide a unique advantage to the hired professionals during the ceremony. That being said, we are professionals and we can, always will, and always have worked around these situations, but it does make it a little easier for us not to having to compete for a shot with an iPhone or an iPad, or uncle Joe and his fancy new camera. No one made this more evident than our colleague and friend Corey Ann, in her blog that was featured in Huffington Post
Allowing others to take photos while the professionals are doing their thing also adds time to your day that you may not have allotted for. We once had a wedding with a very strict timeline at the church. They would not allow us to be in the church one minute past the allotted time. The father of the groom insisted on photos with his camera after every pose we created. We made continuous pleads for him to stop and to be aware of the time restrictions. We reassured him that the bride and groom would receive EVERY image we were taking as part of their collection. Well, Dad continued to ignore us (and the bride) and we ended up running out of time, having an upset bride and missing key shots of the family and the bridal party at the church, which were very important to the bride. This was all because Dad needed to have cell phone shots.
Time and Place
We have absolutely nothing against people taking photos; however, timing is everything. There are parts of the ceremony that can never be re-done, such as a father walking his daughter down the aisle, the hand off to the groom, the first kiss, etc. All of which can be easily ruined by overzealous guests trying to get a hero shot with their cell phone. So if you've hired a professional photographer and/or videographer, it might be in your best interest to ask the guests to put the phones away for the ceremony, as there will be plenty of time for photos during the day and at the reception.