5 Reasons to Hold an Unplugged Wedding Ceremony


August 20, 2019




Destination Weddings







When you fall in love, the world feels new. It's as if everything is happening for the first time. That's why we love photographing weddings. Each wedding has us falling in love over and over again—it reminds us that there is wonder and mystery in this shared life we all build together. The most aspirational thing to us is rekindling that initial spark of falling in love. We want to give you that experience with your wedding photos, perfectly captured and forever remembered. It's here, in our journal, we celebrate your love story so all can enjoy it.


In our years of photographing Michigan weddings, we’ve seen how much technology has changed. One of the trends that we’re starting to see gain popularity is the “unplugged” wedding ceremony. What’s an unplugged wedding ceremony? We’re glad you asked!

Wedding Trend Alert: The Unplugged Ceremony

An unplugged ceremony means that the only devices allowed during your ceremony are the ones carried by the professionals you’ve hired for your wedding day: your wedding photographers and your videographer (if applicable.) That means that all the phones, iPads, tablets, cameras and devices your guests might have with them stay away until the end of your ceremony. Over the years, we’ve photographed both unplugged and “plugged” ceremonies, but more and more, we find our brides appreciate the idea of an unplugged ceremony.

So, with that in mind, we wanted to share a few of the reasons why you should consider an unplugged ceremony.

5 Reasons to Consider an Unplugged Wedding Ceremony

1. Everyone Can Enjoy the Moment

Unplugged wedding ceremonies are becoming more and more common. Guests completely understand and respect our bride’s wishes to have an unplugged ceremony. In fact, having an unplugged ceremony allows for everyone to just relax and enjoy the moment. Your guests can put their phones away, knowing that you have wedding photographers you trust to capture these most important moments. They can focus on you, your ceremony, and of course your LOVE! They can take in your ceremony and be present in this special moment. Plus—what’s even better? When you look out into the crowd of people, you will see their faces, their reactions, and their emotions… not their phones! Unplugged ceremonies allow everyone to be more engaged in the moment at hand.

Unplugged Wedding Ceremony Leidy And Josh Photography

2. Fewer Interruptions Make your Photographers’ Jobs Easier

Now we’ve photographed many Grand Rapids weddings, so we have a few tricks up our sleeves to make sure that we capture the most important moments of your ceremony. We’ve dodged plenty of iPhones in our day! But, the best thing about an unplugged ceremony is that we can do better work when we don’t have to be artfully dodging phones or worrying about flashes going off in places we don’t expect. Having fewer interruptions during the most important moments of the wedding day helps us do our best work. We can focus on what we do best: creating a luxury, high end experience for each of our couples’ wedding photography!

3. Fewer Devices Make Better Pictures

Probably the best reason to have an unplugged wedding ceremony is that the photographs from your ceremony will be better. Sure, we can do our best to dodge your Auntie Rose and her camera, but we aren’t psychic. We can’t always know when someone will just decide to stand up in the aisle to take a photo. It’s always disappointing when a last-minute phone gets into the camera frame. Having an unplugged wedding means that your wedding photos will be the best they can be—with no iPhones or iPads in the way!

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4. Mom and Dad can Relax

It was just over a year ago that Leidy and Josh got married so we know all about the stresses that go into wedding planning! And let us tell you—having an unplugged wedding ceremony can really help mom and dad relax. They spent all this time helping you get to this moment, you don’t want to have mom worrying about someone playing on their phone when her baby walks down the aisle! Do it for mom. With less distractions, the people who love you can focus on enjoying the day with you.

5. No Bad Internet Outtakes

Of course, another reason to consider an unplugged wedding ceremony is the ability to control what ends up on the internet. When you’re trusting your professional wedding photographers to take high-quality photos of your wedding ceremony, you know there is no chance that a dimly lit awkward picture isn’t going to hit your Instagram feed before you even see it! None! You get to make sure that you and your loved ones are the first ones to enjoy the treasured images of your wedding ceremony. Whether you choose to share them on social media, hang them on your wall, or keep them close in a beautiful heirloom-quality wedding album is up to you. Your ceremony images, often the most romantic, most romantically charged images of the day… are all yours. No grainy, poor-quality images from your ceremony on the internet!

Unplugged Wedding Ceremony Leidy And Josh Photography

As technology evolves, everyone has access to cameras. But there’s no substitute for a high quality, professional image. As your wedding photographers, we take our job very seriously. Capturing your wedding is a privilege we don’t take lightly. So, when planning out your wedding day, make sure to give some thought towards an unplugged ceremony. To date, nobody we’ve photographed has regretted their decision to go unplugged!

Have more questions about unplugged ceremonies? Or are you still looking for a Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer? Make sure to get in touch! We would love to hear more about your wedding day!

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