Why you should concider an unplugged wedding 

June 6, 2018

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Chances are you have heard of an unplugged wedding, but if you haven’t heard about it this is what all the chatter is about.

An unplugged wedding is asking guests, and family to shut off their phones and cameras, and truly be in the moment for your big day.  By doing this you accomplish a few things.

An unplugged wedding is asking guests, and family to shut off their phones and cameras, and truly be in the moment for your big day.  By doing this you accomplish a few things.

Three benefits of an unplugged wedding

  1. Without the distraction of their phone and/or camera, your guests will be free to immerse themselves in the experience that you’ve spent months planning. They will be more likely to listen to and remember your personal vows, engage and react to your heartfelt speeches and cheer you on for your first dance rather than experience it through a viewfinder or small screen.

And, without constantly checking their phone, your family and friends will be much more open to, and may even actively seek out (gulp!), interactions with other guests that they may not have met before.

2. You’re helping out your photographer.  There is a running joke between photographers about uncle Bob.  Uncle Bob just got a fancy camera, and he is ready to step up to the plate to document your day.  Often you will find Uncle Bob right in front of the photographer as she gets the rest of the family together for family formals. Uncle Bob is also known to stand in the middle of the aisle at the last second before the kiss, paying no attention to the fact that the photographer you hired is right behind him.

3. Everyone’s privacy is respected.  With the growing number of data breaches, many people are going to great lengths to keep themselves off social media.  While whoever snaps a photo of a group of friends and family may own the copyright, they might not have the right to post it on social media.

Types of  Unplugged Weddings

There are many variations of the unplugged wedding. You could ask guests to put down their tech for the ceremony only.  Another option is to encourage guests to put their phones and cameras away until after the marriage certificate has been signed. There is also the strict ‘no photo policy’ for the entire wedding celebration. The most extreme is more of a complete ‘social media blackout’ until the following day or when the bride or groom have a chance to announce their marriage themselves.

If you choose to do an unplugged wedding it’s completely up to you and you’re soon to be another half to decide how strict you want to be.

For ideas on how to ask your guests to respect your wishes check out Pinterest! 

How to create a more connected experience for your wedding guests, and how to have an unplugged wedding!

Meet Chelsy

After being a professional photographer for over 5 years, you would think that I would grow weary of weddings, right?! The reality is, I have seen and photographed it all and

the more that I shoot, the more that I fall in love with this job! The joy, the excitement, the feminine details, the tears, the dances with daddy, the portraits that take your breath away…. I love it all. Even after 5 years, I still can’t get over the fact that I have been trusted with preserving over 50 weddings!! I don’t take my job lightly.

From 2016-2018 I stood by my husband, Justin, as he battled an infection after the placement of a new heart valve. He had the valve replaced 3 times, and just recently had his sternum removed after the infection took hold in his bone. Throughout the entire journey, we clung to God and each other. Having someone to stand by your side through thick and thin is one of the best things in life. I am so honored that I get to document couples as they stand before God, their family, and friends, and vow to stand side by side.

Before every wedding day begins I sit in the car and I pray for the couple, their families. I pray for the ability to capture my couple’s celebration with excellence and creativity! Besides raising our daughter, Skyler, and son Grayson photographing weddings is truly one of the most rewarding parts of my life! The friendships and experiences that are created with my Weisz Couples last far beyond the wedding day and I believe that’s how it should be! I am excited for you to learn more about how being a Weisz Bride isn’t your typical photography experience; it’s so much more!

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