How to Tell Your Guests You're Hosting an Unplugged Wedding

How to Let Your Guests Know You’re Hosting an Unplugged Wedding

June 12, 2019

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How to Let Your Guests Know You’re Hosting an Unplugged Wedding

June 12, 2019

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Last week I talked about three reasons you should consider hosting an unplugged wedding. This week I’m letting you know how to make an unplugged wedding possible! It might seem like a daunting task to spread the word to all your friends and family. However, it’s an easier task than you might think.

Spread the Word About Your Unplugged Wedding

Your Invitations

If you have your heart set on asking your guests to unplug from the very start including an extra note in your invitation suite can go a long way. Sending it with your formal invitation will put the notion of turning off phones and cameras into your guests’ mind well before your big day. It’s also a more formal request with your invitation suite and is likely to be taken more seriously.

In Person & Online

If you’re anything like me, I see my best friends frequently! Or at least text or call each week. These are great moments to let your friends, and family, know that you’re hosting an unplugged wedding. These conversations also give you a chance to go into more explanation. Your loved ones are eager to hear all about your wedding planning process! It’s human nature to want to be involved and to understand your why on your wedding day decisions.

Did you make a wedding website? They’re gaining popularity through services like The Knot and Zola and give you another opportunity to let your guests know that you’d love them to be more involved and less behind their devices. Your wedding website can give you another opportunity to go into more depth about the subject versus on your invitations it would be a quick sentence.

How to let your guests know you're hosting an Unplugged Wedding | Houston Wedding Planning Resources by Alicia Yarrish Photography

Remind Your Guests on Your Wedding Day

Beautiful Signage

Signage might not sound pretty or luxurious. However, it’s one of the most effective ways to get a message out! And don’t worry- calligraphers and graphic designers can make your message as cute or elegant as you want. With unplugged weddings becoming so popular as our society is shifting focus from ‘things’ to ‘moments’ these professionals are accustomed to creating a unique sign that will go right along with your wedding day vibe.

Calligraphers can create beautiful writing on so many surfaces from modern plexiglass to elegant mirrors. The sky is the limit on how you let your guests know you’re opting to have them involved and unplugged. Just be sure the sign or station is in the direct flow your guests will be following to seat themselves.

Your Programs

For some reason, if your guests made a beeline to their seat and skipped your gorgeous signs your programs become plan b. Having a simple statement to remember they’re attending an unplugged wedding is never a bad thing! Have you heard the statistic that you need to hear, see, or read a fact seven times before it’s truly committed to memory? I’m no scientist, but I can tell you my toddler needs to hear things at least 10 times to actually do a task! So I’m betting your wedding guests won’t mind the simple short and sweet reminder to turn off their phones once seated.

Pre-Ceremony Announcement

It’s never a bad idea to request your officiant make a few reminders prior to your ceremony beginning. It’s a great time to let your immediate family know to stay seated after the ceremony for family formal photos. Not only that but squeezing in one last opportunity to invite your guests to power down their devices. You know, movie theater style.

How to let your guests know you're hosting an Unplugged Wedding | Houston Wedding Planning Resources by Alicia Yarrish Photography

Asking Your Guests to Unplug at Your Wedding

There are lots of ways to request your guest’s power down their devices and live in the moment with you. You can ask them to unplug during all or some of your wedding day. You can let them know before your ceremony, likely for more compliance, or simply at your ceremony. Just like all aspects of wedding planning, there are about a million ways to customize your unplugged wedding and how you let your guests know.

Did you have an unplugged wedding or have some fun ideas about it? Leave a comment helping future brides plan their very own unplugged wedding!

Houston Wedding Planning Resources

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Want to plan your wedding day with photography in mind? Scroll down and enter your email address for a whole lot of goodies on that and more! I think the more you know the better and I’d love to be the one to give you the scoop.

Last week I talked about three reasons you should consider hosting an unplugged wedding. This week I’m letting you know how to make an unplugged wedding possible! It might seem like a daunting task to spread the word to all your friends and family. However, it’s an easier task than you might think.

Spread the Word About Your Unplugged Wedding

Your Invitations

If you have your heart set on asking your guests to unplug from the very start including an extra note in your invitation suite can go a long way. Sending it with your formal invitation will put the notion of turning off phones and cameras into your guests’ mind well before your big day. It’s also a more formal request with your invitation suite and is likely to be taken more seriously.

In Person & Online

If you’re anything like me, I see my best friends frequently! Or at least text or call each week. These are great moments to let your friends, and family, know that you’re hosting an unplugged wedding. These conversations also give you a chance to go into more explanation. Your loved ones are eager to hear all about your wedding planning process! It’s human nature to want to be involved and to understand your why on your wedding day decisions.

Did you make a wedding website? They’re gaining popularity through services like The Knot and Zola and give you another opportunity to let your guests know that you’d love them to be more involved and less behind their devices. Your wedding website can give you another opportunity to go into more depth about the subject versus on your invitations it would be a quick sentence.

How to let your guests know you're hosting an Unplugged Wedding | Houston Wedding Planning Resources by Alicia Yarrish Photography

Remind Your Guests on Your Wedding Day

Beautiful Signage

Signage might not sound pretty or luxurious. However, it’s one of the most effective ways to get a message out! And don’t worry- calligraphers and graphic designers can make your message as cute or elegant as you want. With unplugged weddings becoming so popular as our society is shifting focus from ‘things’ to ‘moments’ these professionals are accustomed to creating a unique sign that will go right along with your wedding day vibe.

Calligraphers can create beautiful writing on so many surfaces from modern plexiglass to elegant mirrors. The sky is the limit on how you let your guests know you’re opting to have them involved and unplugged. Just be sure the sign or station is in the direct flow your guests will be following to seat themselves.

Your Programs

For some reason, if your guests made a beeline to their seat and skipped your gorgeous signs your programs become plan b. Having a simple statement to remember they’re attending an unplugged wedding is never a bad thing! Have you heard the statistic that you need to hear, see, or read a fact seven times before it’s truly committed to memory? I’m no scientist, but I can tell you my toddler needs to hear things at least 10 times to actually do a task! So I’m betting your wedding guests won’t mind the simple short and sweet reminder to turn off their phones once seated.

Pre-Ceremony Announcement

It’s never a bad idea to request your officiant make a few reminders prior to your ceremony beginning. It’s a great time to let your immediate family know to stay seated after the ceremony for family formal photos. Not only that but squeezing in one last opportunity to invite your guests to power down their devices. You know, movie theater style.

How to let your guests know you're hosting an Unplugged Wedding | Houston Wedding Planning Resources by Alicia Yarrish Photography

Asking Your Guests to Unplug at Your Wedding

There are lots of ways to request your guest’s power down their devices and live in the moment with you. You can ask them to unplug during all or some of your wedding day. You can let them know before your ceremony, likely for more compliance, or simply at your ceremony. Just like all aspects of wedding planning, there are about a million ways to customize your unplugged wedding and how you let your guests know.

Did you have an unplugged wedding or have some fun ideas about it? Leave a comment helping future brides plan their very own unplugged wedding!

Houston Wedding Planning Resources

Questions to Choose Your Engagement Session Location

5 Reasons Why a First Look is for You

Pre-Wedding Skincare Timeline for the Wedding Day Glow

Want to plan your wedding day with photography in mind? Scroll down and enter your email address for a whole lot of goodies on that and more! I think the more you know the better and I’d love to be the one to give you the scoop.

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