Signature Drinks- check.
First Look- check.
Naked Cake- check.
Unplugged Ceremony- huh??
There have been a lot of new wedding trends that have grown in popularity over the last few years. Chances are you have been to a wedding where there was a 'signature drink', or a
'His and Hers' style drinks. Couples are now seeing each other prior to the ceremony- which is called a 'first look'. And traditional fondant wedding cakes are now being replaced by 'naked cakes', which are called that because there is no icing on the cake.
Recently, we have seen couples opt for an 'Unplugged Ceremony'. If you have no clue what this means, don't worry. We've got you covered.
An Unplugged Ceremony means just that-- unplugged. Guests are asked (politely) to not take any pictures with their cell phones or cameras during the ceremony. The professional photographer(s) will be the only ones taking pictures during the ceremony.
The thought behind this trend is that guests will be more mentally present. Instead of wondering if their flash is on, or how to zoom in, they will be focused on the commitment that two individuals are making to each other. This is a trend that really benefits all parties involved. Photographers love this because they no longer have to dance around guests to get a picture, and they don't have to deal with several flashes going off at once. The couple gets to actually look out at the crowd and see the faces of the people they love, instead of cell phones. And guests will enjoy truly being engaged in what is taking place. Two people professing their love for each other.
Ready to have an Unplugged Ceremony? Great! Now you just need to let your guests know. A simple way to do this is to put something on your wedding website. A simple "We will be having an Unplugged Ceremony. Please refrain from taking pictures during the ceremony" should be fine. You can also say "We are having an Unplugged Ceremony" on your invitations. The most popular way to let guests know is to have a few signs at your ceremony. You can get cute, professionally made signs on Etsy for very little cost. Below are two signs from weddings we recently planned:
If you're still unsure about the whole unplugged concept, do some research. Come up with a list of pros and cons of both options. Talk to a wedding planner or a friend who was recently married. Have them share their experiences with you. No matter what you chose, be firm in your decision, and enjoy the day!