So, apparently there’s this (new?) phenomenon of “unplugged” vs. “plugged-in” weddings. I say new because it hasn’t been that long that everyone has had some sort of cell phone or electronic device. Before these devices were ever-so-present in society, it’s unlikely a picture like this would have been captured:
The reason I question new is for two reasons:
- Plenty of brides before me that have completely valid reasons for keeping their ceremonies unplugged, and Offbeat Bride has a fantastic article touching on this subject.
- I wonder if it’s been a concern of brides for years and if all of a sudden now that pictures are so freely shared the opinion is being voiced.
However, like Mrs. Lemur, Cruise and I will be having a plugged-in ceremony. Why do I want to allow the potential for Facebook updates, awful cell phone pictures, and not-so-flattering candids? Well, because I think some of the best wedding shots ever are candid shots! I’ve never been to a wedding that looks like the picture above, and quite honestly I don’t think that when I’m standing at the end of the aisle trying not to faint staring into Cruise’s eyes I’ll be worried about a few cell phone cameras. Not to mention, with (only?) one photographer I cringe at the thought of him missing a shot that could have been captured by one of our guests. We have several talented photographers on the guest list, so I’m actually excited to see what they capture for photos!
To take the “plugged-in” thing a step further, Cruise and I created an account for a wedding photo app. Originally we were looking at SnapTheWedding, but all of a sudden it disappeared. (Anyone know where it went?!) Luckily, we hadn’t purchased it, but it did leave us searching for a new app with the same concept.
After searching and searching I came across WedPics. The best part? Both the service and the app are free, free, free! (Free is most definitely for me!) With my bridal shower/bachelorette parties coming up in the next couple of weeks, I can’t wait to start seeing pictures pop up!
The way I look at it is you’re going to have a hard time controlling whether your guests are using their cell phones for pictures. I’m not about to be walking down the aisle, stressing out over someone’s phone being pointed at me. With the quality of photos taken by cell phones nowadays some people don’t even own cameras. Keeping that in mind, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!
Are you having an unplugged or plugged-in wedding? Why?
- Charlotte, NC
- Psychology Student
- Wedding Date:
- August, 2013
- Homewood, Asheville, NC