Wedding Wednesday: The Unplugged Wedding
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I came across an interesting picture on a wedding blog a few weeks ago. It showed a sign that asked guests to turn off their phones at a wedding. The sign wasn't especially cute, but I wondered if a nicer version was necessary at weddings these days.
A quick google search led me to an article on Offbeat Bride about "unplugged weddings." It seems some brides are walking down the aisle to a crowd of people hunched over their devices or people staring at their screens as they snap photos to be posted on Twitter and Facebook. I also read an excerpt from a photographer's memoir in which she complained that guests who think their job is to take photos and video get in the way of the shots that the professional photographers are there to take.
Photo by Nora & Troy at Aurora-Photography.com, via Offbeat Bride
I originally hoped that our wedding venue wouldn't have cellular reception. Our first visit confirmed that the signal is strong and a Facebook update announced that they have WiFi as well. The social media addict in me was a little happy, but I know I'm going to turn off my phone and leave the ipad at home on our big day.
I'm curious about whether anyone has been to a wedding where guests on phones or taking photos/video have gotten in the way. Do you think signs or notes in programs announcing that a wedding is "unplugged" are really necessary?