Having an unplugged wedding- Should you or shouldn’t you?

First kiss during wedding Ceremony at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Fort Mitchell, KY

It is likely that you have heard of having an unplugged wedding, and maybe you are considering if it right for you. But for the sake of those who don’t know what it is- an unplugged wedding is when you ask the guests to turn off their cell phones during the ceremony or reception. In all honesty, I see this all the time for weddings but never for a reception. That is usually when you want lots of photos and people celebrating! 🙂

Black and white photo of a wedding ceremony at the Transept OTR in Cincinnati, Ohio

Should you have an unplugged wedding?

I feel like this answer seems like a cop out but- it’s totally up to you!

Family members and friends are just so excited and love you so much- of course they are eager to document! That is why I don’t necessarily have a preference because, yes, I do think it can ruin some photos, but I think you should make the decision that is best for you. Ultimately, this wedding guest is not taking the photo that is going on your album or hanging on your walls for years to come so- is it worth the risk? That’s also why you paid me!

So if you do not want to have photos of guests holding their cell phones as you walk down the aisle to your significant other than this is a no brainer. If you want people to be in the moment- then definitely opt for an unplugged ceremony!

These guests were very polite with their cell phone usage!

How do you tell your guests?

Most commonly is a sign at the back of the ceremony space so that guests can read it as they find their seats.

You can also choose to have your ceremony officiant say something. The only thing that can complicate this is that they usually do not speak until after the processional so by that time the main aisle shots have happened.

Another pro hack- If you don’t want to tell everyone and don’t care then just leave a little note or escort card at the end of the aisle seats asking those guests to kindly not use their phones!