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On The “Unplugged” Wedding: The Gracious Art of Combining Your Wishes with Happy Guest Experience

Blog, Event Planning Advice, Rants / 03.06.20160 comments

Example of a popular "unplugged wedding" sign from OffBeat Bride

Example of a popular “unplugged wedding” sign from OffBeat Bride

With cell phone camera and selfie stick use at an all time high, often taking away from life’s moments, it is no wonder there is such a huge trend for “unplugged” weddings.  If you are new to this term, “unplugged wedding” refers to those weddings where guests are asked to refrain from any cell phone use – including taking photos of any kind during the ceremony.  Before I express my thoughts on this entire topic, let me say first and foremost: I am completely in favor of any bride and groom who wants an unplugged wedding.  But recently,  I have seen a new trend going to an extreme:  where wedding couples are asking their guests to give up their cell phones entirely when they arrive and they are not “allowed” to have them back until they leave the wedding reception that night.  I was also recently asked to go up and “grab” the cell phone from any guest who started to use it during the ceremony.  And no, I will not do that.  For many, many reasons.  No matter how much you pay me (please read on).

First of all, let’s look at all the great reasons to have an unplugged wedding ceremony:

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