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3 Reasons to Host an Unplugged Wedding | Houston Wedding Photographer

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3 Reasons to Host an Unplugged Wedding | Houston Wedding Photographer

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3 BIG reasons you'll want to host an unplugged wedding day by Alicia Yarrish Photography

What is an Unplugged Wedding?

Do you know anyone that doesn’t have a smartphone? I do not! Statistically speaking, 77% of Americans have a smartphone and 47% of those smartphone users say they couldn’t live without their device. So chances are, at least half of your wedding guests will want to document your big day on their smartphones (which is great!).

Enter the new trend of an unplugged wedding! Unplugging your wedding means asking your guests to step away from the smartphone or cameras on your big day. There are so many reasons why an unplugged wedding can be a great idea, but ultimately the goal is to allow your guests to be present with you at your wedding.

There are different degrees or variations of hosting an unplugged wedding. A lot of couples choose to only have their wedding ceremony unplugged while encouraging all the selfies and phone photo taking during their reception. Others want their entire wedding to be unplugged leaving the photos to their professional photographer. The degree to which you unplug your wedding is a personal choice!

Reasons to host an Unplugged Wedding by Alicia Yarrish Photography

Give Guests Space to Listen and be More Involved

Sometimes we need permission to put the phone down and be present and interactive. I’m not sure who set this standard, but somewhere along the way we learned that since we have a smartphone we have a duty to document literally everything. This includes weddings! We act like it is our job to provide you and yours with more photos or more video. More is better, right?

But more isn’t always better, and you want your guests to be present during your wedding day. You hand selected your guests- the most important people in your lives, to be a part of the start to your marriage. Their job is to witness your marriage and support you and your fiancĂ©. Sometimes, as humans that love our smartphones, we need to be reminded of that. Letting family and friends know that it’s okay to not document something and just live in the moment and create memories with you can be so beneficial.

Letting your guests know that you would love for them to unplug and be present with you really gives them permission to set the phone down. That permission allows them space to really listen in to your ceremony, your vows, the toasts, and all the in-between moments.

Reasons to Host an Unplugged Wedding - Get more meaningful photography | Alicia Yarrish Photography | Houston Wedding Photographer

Unplugged Weddings Respect Privacy

After many years of everybody posting all their business online for the world to see, many of us are stepping back from that. Lots of couples, moms, and even professionals are taking a serious look at what they want to post online. Everyone is becoming more selective and private. And really, it’s not a bad thing at all!

Ensuring privacy at your wedding can be twofold. For you, to have the chance to announce your marriage to the world in a way that you want. And also for your guests, for their privacy at your event.

Most of my couples prefer to announce their marriage with professional photos! I provide ‘sneaks’ quickly after your wedding as well as a full favorite gallery just a few days later. Announcing your marriage before anyone else is so exciting and impactful. You control where you announce it first as well as who is seeing it. After all, it’s your marriage!

Reasons to Host an Unplugged Wedding by Alicia Yarrish Photography

More Meaningful Photography

I’m clearly biased, but my couples value what I do! Hosting an unplugged wedding will provide you with more meaningful photography. Part of what stands out within my work is my eye to eliminate as much distraction as possible. I make it my mission to find perspectives and ways to create photographic memories for you that focus on you two and your commitment to each other.

All of the photos I deliver to you will be beautiful, promise-promise. No matter what we will be creating heirlooms from those amazing memories. However, during an unplugged wedding, I’m able to capture so much more emotion. When your guests feel comfortable turning the devices off and truly connecting with you two during your ceremony and reception it’s amazing what happens.

I capture loved ones tearing up. I capture children clapping and spreading joy. I capture so much excitement you wouldn’t even believe it!

Additionally, when wedding guests aren’t disconnected from their devices they are potentially blocking me from capturing important moments as well as blocking themselves from truly experiencing your wedding day. Your wedding guests have the best intentions! Remember, it’s their jobs to provide you with more photos- or so we think. In the end, all the phones, tablets, and cameras can become a huge distraction in your professional wedding photos.

Host an Unplugged Wedding by Alicia Yarrish Photography Houston Wedding Photographer

Why Host an Unplugged Wedding Day & How I Can Help

The second photo I shared was one of my least favorite losses. I lost the photo of all the family members coaching the ring bearer to walk down the aisle. The person with the cell phone wanted to have his own video recording. Right as I was dialed in to take the photo he moved his arm and held his phone right in front of my lens. I quickly moved, recomposed, and reset my camera settings to capture the ringbearer walking down the aisle. I got the moment! Likely, this wedding guest had no clue I was right there. However, I did miss a moment and it’s something I remember from that wedding day (and feel guilty about even though I had no control!).

Having an unplugged wedding day means getting your guests off their devices and experiencing your day with you. It means more emotion and more interaction with your family and friends. It means I won’t miss moments.

There are so many ways to go about hosting an unplugged wedding. You can unplug just for the ceremony, or the entire day. How you ask your guests to interact with your day is entirely up to you!

If you’d like to host an unplugged wedding day in Houston ask me about using my sign! I keep a sign that my couples are more than welcome to use on their wedding day asking guests to unplug. Want a custom sign for your big day? I have recommendations on calligraphers that can make your unplugged wedding sign dreams come true!

 

3 BIG reasons you'll want to host an unplugged wedding day by Alicia Yarrish Photography

What is an Unplugged Wedding?

Do you know anyone that doesn’t have a smartphone? I do not! Statistically speaking, 77% of Americans have a smartphone and 47% of those smartphone users say they couldn’t live without their device. So chances are, at least half of your wedding guests will want to document your big day on their smartphones (which is great!).

Enter the new trend of an unplugged wedding! Unplugging your wedding means asking your guests to step away from the smartphone or cameras on your big day. There are so many reasons why an unplugged wedding can be a great idea, but ultimately the goal is to allow your guests to be present with you at your wedding.

There are different degrees or variations of hosting an unplugged wedding. A lot of couples choose to only have their wedding ceremony unplugged while encouraging all the selfies and phone photo taking during their reception. Others want their entire wedding to be unplugged leaving the photos to their professional photographer. The degree to which you unplug your wedding is a personal choice!

Reasons to host an Unplugged Wedding by Alicia Yarrish Photography

Give Guests Space to Listen and be More Involved

Sometimes we need permission to put the phone down and be present and interactive. I’m not sure who set this standard, but somewhere along the way we learned that since we have a smartphone we have a duty to document literally everything. This includes weddings! We act like it is our job to provide you and yours with more photos or more video. More is better, right?

But more isn’t always better, and you want your guests to be present during your wedding day. You hand selected your guests- the most important people in your lives, to be a part of the start to your marriage. Their job is to witness your marriage and support you and your fiancĂ©. Sometimes, as humans that love our smartphones, we need to be reminded of that. Letting family and friends know that it’s okay to not document something and just live in the moment and create memories with you can be so beneficial.

Letting your guests know that you would love for them to unplug and be present with you really gives them permission to set the phone down. That permission allows them space to really listen in to your ceremony, your vows, the toasts, and all the in-between moments.

Reasons to Host an Unplugged Wedding - Get more meaningful photography | Alicia Yarrish Photography | Houston Wedding Photographer

Unplugged Weddings Respect Privacy

After many years of everybody posting all their business online for the world to see, many of us are stepping back from that. Lots of couples, moms, and even professionals are taking a serious look at what they want to post online. Everyone is becoming more selective and private. And really, it’s not a bad thing at all!

Ensuring privacy at your wedding can be twofold. For you, to have the chance to announce your marriage to the world in a way that you want. And also for your guests, for their privacy at your event.

Most of my couples prefer to announce their marriage with professional photos! I provide ‘sneaks’ quickly after your wedding as well as a full favorite gallery just a few days later. Announcing your marriage before anyone else is so exciting and impactful. You control where you announce it first as well as who is seeing it. After all, it’s your marriage!

Reasons to Host an Unplugged Wedding by Alicia Yarrish Photography

More Meaningful Photography

I’m clearly biased, but my couples value what I do! Hosting an unplugged wedding will provide you with more meaningful photography. Part of what stands out within my work is my eye to eliminate as much distraction as possible. I make it my mission to find perspectives and ways to create photographic memories for you that focus on you two and your commitment to each other.

All of the photos I deliver to you will be beautiful, promise-promise. No matter what we will be creating heirlooms from those amazing memories. However, during an unplugged wedding, I’m able to capture so much more emotion. When your guests feel comfortable turning the devices off and truly connecting with you two during your ceremony and reception it’s amazing what happens.

I capture loved ones tearing up. I capture children clapping and spreading joy. I capture so much excitement you wouldn’t even believe it!

Additionally, when wedding guests aren’t disconnected from their devices they are potentially blocking me from capturing important moments as well as blocking themselves from truly experiencing your wedding day. Your wedding guests have the best intentions! Remember, it’s their jobs to provide you with more photos- or so we think. In the end, all the phones, tablets, and cameras can become a huge distraction in your professional wedding photos.

Host an Unplugged Wedding by Alicia Yarrish Photography Houston Wedding Photographer

Why Host an Unplugged Wedding Day & How I Can Help

The second photo I shared was one of my least favorite losses. I lost the photo of all the family members coaching the ring bearer to walk down the aisle. The person with the cell phone wanted to have his own video recording. Right as I was dialed in to take the photo he moved his arm and held his phone right in front of my lens. I quickly moved, recomposed, and reset my camera settings to capture the ringbearer walking down the aisle. I got the moment! Likely, this wedding guest had no clue I was right there. However, I did miss a moment and it’s something I remember from that wedding day (and feel guilty about even though I had no control!).

Having an unplugged wedding day means getting your guests off their devices and experiencing your day with you. It means more emotion and more interaction with your family and friends. It means I won’t miss moments.

There are so many ways to go about hosting an unplugged wedding. You can unplug just for the ceremony, or the entire day. How you ask your guests to interact with your day is entirely up to you!

If you’d like to host an unplugged wedding day in Houston ask me about using my sign! I keep a sign that my couples are more than welcome to use on their wedding day asking guests to unplug. Want a custom sign for your big day? I have recommendations on calligraphers that can make your unplugged wedding sign dreams come true!

 

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