Everything you Need to Know About Unplugged Ceremonies

Everything you Need to Know About Unplugged Ceremonies

Unplugged ceremony at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, MN.

To Have an Unplugged Ceremony or not Have an Unplugged Ceremony?

Are you currently going through the wedding planning process? There are so many puzzle pieces that have to fit together when it comes to your wedding. A big piece of that puzzle is your ceremony; which is one of the most important parts of the wedding day! Your ceremony is when you two will officially become husband and wife! So what could go wrong at your ceremony? Well, let me tell ya! A few things come to mind…cellphones, iPads, and disposable cameras. If you’re not sure how to have an unplugged ceremony, let’s dive in!

What is an Unplugged Ceremony?

An unplugged ceremony is where you request all of your guests to turn off and put away their phones, iPads, and cameras. You are asking them to be unplugged from their device during your wedding ceremony, so they can enjoy the moment along with you and your fiance. We all know that grandpa or uncle Bob tends to bring along their iPad to take pictures of everything. However, during your ceremony, you want them to be completely focused on the ceremony and be a witness to your marriage. These phones, tablets, whatever it might be can be a huge distraction, and they may ding from a text message or ring from a phone call, and you don’t want that to happen. 

Why Should I Have an Unplugged Ceremony?

Other than the fact that having an unplugged ceremony eliminates all distractions, it’s best to have one because sometimes those pesky phones can get in the way of your photographer’s shots. Some of your guests think they just have to get the picture of you walking down the aisle or of your first kiss. Imagine having cellphones get in the way of your photographer, and now all you can focus on is those cellphones instead of you walking down the aisle. That moment is now ruined. 

How do I Tell my Guests it’s an Unplugged Ceremony?

There are a few ways that you can tell your guests that it’s an unplugged ceremony! The first is to make a sign saying welcome to our unplugged ceremony. Having a cute sign at the beginning of the aisle will make sure everyone sees it. The second way is having a note in your programs. This can be something as simple as please silence your devices and put them away. The third way is having your minister say something before the processional begins. Have them say something along the lines of “The bride and groom have requested that you turn off and put away all of your electronic devices and cameras so that you can be invested in the ceremony. They have hired an amazing professional photographer to capture this special moment of their big day.”

There’s no right or wrong answer whether you should do an unplugged ceremony or not, the decision is up to you and your fiance! But coming from someone who attends a lot of weddings, I believe an unplugged ceremony is the way to go! If you want to brainstorm your ideas for your ceremony, feel free to contact me.

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