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Hey there doll! If you are recently engaged and are interested in having an “unplugged” wedding, then this article will surely touch on some points that may seal the deal for you.

Being “present” in the moment is something that most guests take for granted when attending a wedding, and in some cases even the couple. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the various formalities that the day presents, that you don’t even recognise missed opportunities where you and your partner could have shared a special moment or where you and your mother could have had a little laugh. We know you think about it after the fact, but paying attention while the day is still in full swing would be perfect, right?

What we have also taken for granted is our ability to connect with the lovely couple of the moment, by seeing them and touching them with our eyes and arms respectively. Thanks to technology, we have all lost sight of these gifts and have chosen to capture the moment not with our God given gifts but with our man made phones. How sad is that. And we are all guilty of this.

The truth is that we have all been social media sprung for years, and have now become conditioned to believe that every single moment needs to be captured and shared immediately with all of our friends and family. But what we don’t realise, is that by partaking in this act that we are actually being pretty selfish since the main purpose of the image(s) is really to show off where we are and what we’re up to at that point in time. Don’t get us wrong, it’s so much fun and we are social media fanatics, but for the purpose of a special wedding, is it really right?

Last year, photographer Thomas Stewart spoke out on this topic and here’s a little excerpt of what he had to say, from the photographer’s perspective:

“Right, I’ve had enough. I want to talk to you all about guests using mobile phones / cameras at weddings. I want to plead with you, and I’m going to make this very simple: brides and grooms, please have a completely unplugged wedding ceremony.

Look at this photo (see below). This groom had to lean out past the aisle just to see his bride approaching. Why? Because guests with their phones were in the aisle and in his way. This sucks. And i’m not blaming these guests in particular; I actually take a large amount of responsibility for this occurring. In the past I should have been more specific with my clients in explaining to them why guests should be told no photos. Well, from now on, I’m going to make a pretty big deal about it.”

PHOTO CRED: THOMAS STEWART PHOTOGRAPHY

He went on to make 4 incredible points for couples to consider, which you can read here.

So could you just imagine that by being plugged in, you’re not only losing focus on the beautiful couple before you taking this huge step, but you’re also affecting the professional photographer who is trying to capture the moments that the couple not only paid for, but would also truly appreciate and cherish for the rest of their lives.

Looks like a no brainer to us. No wonder the above article was shared over 100 thousand times and currently has 29 thousand comments. It has become quite a sensitive topic for most, and has therefore been ranked among the top 10 trending topics on Pinterest for 2016.

But hey, what’s important is that you understand that not all couples will feel this way, and some may even choose to have a personalised hashtag for their special day for their friends and family to share. So, this is a very personal decision.

What can help if you wish to have an Unplugged wedding however is this:

Though many may not realise, a wedding is the perfect setting to disconnect and have fun with your loved ones, so do it! Be engaged in every moment, be present and have pure FUN. And if you see any of your guests sneaking for a couple selfies, you could probably let it slide. You will definitely laugh at it later, we’re sure.

Now it’s your turn brides to be! What are your thoughts on having a completely unplugged affair? Share it with us in the comments below!

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