Will you be part of the 25% of couples who ask their guests to “unplug” from their devices during your wedding?

The concept of “unplugging” is a growing lifestyle trend that, recently, has also been hitting the ground running at weddings and special events. Although the intention is to enjoy the celebrations and be present in the moment during the ceremony and reception, the majority doesn’t see to be totally convinced it’s the best idea. This 75%, some of which have created their own wedding hashtag and can’t wait for their event to be all over social media, are more than happy to have their guests take photos of their décor, venue, dresses & tuxedos and spread the joy of their day with others not in attendance.

So what side are you on? Will you be taking the plunge to have an “unplugged” wedding or event? Consider some of these pros and cons to help decide how you really feel about this growing trend!

Pros of unplugging

The main goal of this trend, no matter if you’re at a wedding or are adopting this lifestyle fully, is to be more present and interact with the people around you, versus those in cyber space. Weddings and special events are most likely a celebration of an important milestone in life, and you most likely want all of your guests there to share the moment and joy with you! An “unplugged” event is a way to make sure your guests are there to experience your entire day with you and are not distracted by their cell phones, social media or other things going on in other places. The 25% of couples who encourage their guests to “unplug” for the day simply want their guests to be 100% there with them.

Cons of unplugging

Chances are you may just have one photographer trying to capture it all at your event! Especially if there is a large crowd, some moments might get missed simply because there are so many moments happening at once. With guests abandoning their phones, you may not get those funny and candid moments picked up by your guests’ cell phone cameras. Having everyone out on the dance floor taking their own videos and pictures of the party is not just fun but gives you the opportunity to relive those candid moments again and again.

If you’re that couple that has the ultimate wedding hashtags, an “unplugged” wedding is more than likely not for you. Although some of your guests may bring cameras not connected to their phones, uploading them to Instagram and other social media sites after your wedding lessens their chance of remembering your personalized hashtag or uploading them at all.

What’s your opinion? Let us know at, how we can help you either encourage or discourage your guests to unplug!

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