In the Sydney Morning Herald this weekend there’s an article about unplugged weddings and the family I’m visiting with asked me to explain what an unplugged wedding was:

An unplugged wedding is a wedding where the bride and groom have imposed some restrictions on camera, smartphone, and social media use

If you’re wondering how to have an unplugged wedding or what the different options are, here’s the spiel:

It’s not about everyone’s iPhones, it’s about what you would like to happen on the day.

There’s three main things to think about, so here’s some questions to ask yourselves:

Attention during the ceremony

Would you like everyone’s attention during the ceremony?

Or would you be ok if everyone was more focused on getting the right photo or checking Facebook?

Your wedding photographer

Do you want the photographer to get photos of everyone getting photos?

Or, would you like your photographer to be uninhibited in his or her traversing around the ceremony?

Photos of the bride and groom

Do you want no photos of yourselves getting out at all, ever?

Do you want to have the first share on social media and then everyone else can share?

Do you only want your sweet sweet professional wedding photos getting out there?

What kind of unplugged wedding do you want?

After asking those questions, make a decision, and communicate it clearly, so everyone attending knows what’s expected of them.

And if you’re still stuck, think about this: when you walk down the aisle, do you want people kissing and hugging you, or taking blurry iPhone photos of you?

Talking about walking down the aisle and looking hot, the feature photo for this blog post is by awesome Sydney and Brisbane wedding photographers, Milque. The sweet couple are Rosie and Raoul!