Bride and groom kiss at their wedding at Left Bank Leeds

Why You Should Have an Unplugged Wedding Ceremony: A Wedding Photographer’s Perspective.

The Magic of Unplugged Ceremonies: A Wedding Photographer’s Perspective.

As a wedding photographer, I’ve had the privilege of capturing countless beautiful moments at weddings. However, there’s one trend that I believe truly transforms the entire experience: unplugged ceremonies. Let me share with you why I think you should have an unplugged wedding ceremony.

First and foremost, what the hell is an unplugged ceremony? Simply put, it’s a heartfelt decision to have no phones present at all. This means no distractions, just pure, unfiltered connection and joy as you walk down the aisle, as you and your partner exchange vows and all that good stuff. In most cases, a sign at the back of the ceremony or a gentle reminder from the celebrant or registrar sets the tone, ensuring that everyone – no matter who they are – is fully present in the moment. I remember once when India Bell was the celebrant for a wedding at The Asylum Chapel, she asked the guests to put their phones away but not before taking a selfie and sending it to the couple.

The impact of an unplugged ceremony is truly profound.

When you look back on your wedding photos, you’ll see the genuine emotions and expressions of your loved ones, not a sea of screens. It’s a powerful, emotional experience that creates memories you’ll treasure for a lifetime. By choosing to go unplugged, you’re setting the stage for an unforgettable celebration of love, where every moment is truly cherished.

I often hear couples express concerns about asking their guests to go without their phones during the ceremony. However, let me assure you that the benefits far outweigh any initial hesitation…plus it’s your damn wedding! In fact, many guests appreciate the opportunity to be fully present and engaged in the moment without the distraction of technology. It allows them to connect with the couple and truly experience the significance of the occasion, leading to a more meaningful and memorable celebration for all.

Beyond the immediate impact on your wedding day, the absence of phones during the ceremony can also have a lasting effect on your memories. When you revisit your wedding gallery years down the line, you’ll be greeted with authentic and heartfelt images that encapsulate the true essence of the day. The laughter, the tears, the shared glances – these are the moments that truly matter, and an unplugged ceremony ensures that they take centre stage in your visual narrative.

It’s all about the experience.

I’m so damn passionate about encouraging couples to consider having an unplugged wedding ceremony., not only for the benefit of their own experience but also for the sake of their guests. When every person in that ceremony is fully present and engaged, the energy in the room is palpable, and the love that fills the space becomes even more tangible.

If you’re reading this and know someone who’s getting married, I encourage you to share this with them. Let’s make every moment count and create memories that will be cherished for years to come.

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