In an article recently published by The New York Times, weddings restricting the use of cellphones and cameras are becoming more and more popular. As wedding photographers, we were intrigued by the article and wanted to know more about this revolution.
While the trend, coined “unplugged,” isn’t entirely new to the wedding world–it’s often observed in religious ceremonies–it’s growing in popularity. One of the main reasons for this is so unflattering photos of the couple aren’t floating around cyberspace. Another reason is that problems have occurred when bridesmaids post photos of the bride getting ready to Facebook and her groom happens to see them. Uh-oh. NBA star Michael Jordan recently opted for an unplugged wedding and in his case, he wanted guests to be present and in the moment, not glued to their smartphones.
Opposite of the unplugged spectrum are weddings that use technology to their advantage. Our own photographer Eric has incorporated Instagram into his wedding. His invites even came addressed to our Instagram handles and include a special hashtag to use at his wedding. Personally, I love the idea. I like to have images in an instant and with it taking up to 10 weeks to get your professional photographs, this is a great way to see your wedding as your guests saw it.
In the JPG office, our stance is that we would not ban cellphones from our own weddings…just don’t get in the way of the couple’s photographer’s shot! We believe that it’s the job of the guest to be respectful and refrain from texting during the wedding. However, when it comes to your big day, you call the shots and you have the right to protect the privacy of your day. In this case, we would recommend letting guests know before the wedding if cellphones and cameras will be allowed at the ceremony and reception.
What do you think? What did you do at your wedding? Did you allow cellphones and cameras, or did you leave the documentation to your photographers? Let us know…because I know I’d go into convulsions without my cell phone!