Despite today’s technology-obsessed culture, we’re seeing more and more couples opt for an unplugged Austin ceremony. The device-free wedding trend certainly isn’t for everyone, but most that do it don’t regret it. See if it’s right for you.
Focus on the Present
Probably the main reason couples want their guests to leave their devices in their pockets is they want their guests to live in the moment. Being fully present in the moment instead of nose-deep in their phones makes your wedding day much more memorable.
Another reason couples opt for a unplugged event is that the photos turn out better. There’s nothing less visually appealing than a bunch arms with phones in the air. Eliminating phones and cameras during your ceremony is a relief for your photographer who doesn’t have to fight for the best angle or worry about random flashes that might ruin your photographer’s capture of your first kiss. Let’s face it, of the snapshots from each guests’ mini photo shoots, one or two might make it to social media, while the rest will merely live on their phones, out of sight and out of mind.
Know that you’re not obligated to restrict technology for the entire celebration. As long as guests remain respectful of the photographer at the reception, there’s no reason why everyone can’t resume their normal phone activities after the ceremony. After all, that wedding hashtag content won’t create itself.
How exactly do you go about enforcing a no cell phone policy without rubbing people the wrong way and taking the fun out of the affair? Spread the word through your save the dates, wedding website, and signage. Have your officiant or planner make one final reminder before the ceremony to reiterate the fact that you want guests to remain present in the moment and that you’ve hired a professional to document the big day.