Unplugged Weddings: Selfish or Surefire Thing?

Screen shot 2556-08-22 at 14.00.39This year, one of the biggest wedding trends seems to be the incorporation of technology into the big day, from social media to Instagram to carefully curated wedding apps. But some couples aren’t such big fans of the distractions afforded by technology.

Brides and grooms who don’t appreciate guests Facebooking and Tweeting during their wedding ceremony and reception are having a far different kind of reaction to technology at weddings. Instead of embracing it, they’re banning it.

Screen shot 2556-08-22 at 14.07.18Couples who don’t want their guests’ attention to wander are both passively and aggressively requesting that guests have a few hours of digital detox. Some couples simply use signage politely asking attendees to put their phones away. Others are more aggressive about it, confronting guests and asking them to physically separate themselves from their phones by leaving them at the door.

It all seems a bit high school-esque and childish, but is it really so much to ask that guests not be half-clocked out and not paying attention? Especially when considering how much an average wedding costs these days, it doesn’t seem like such a big deal. But that’s coming from someone who’s not overly attached to technology to begin with.

According to CBS Miami, one bride guilty of asking guests to put their smartphones away said, “I wanted it to be personal, I wanted it to be about my husband and I.” Putting phones away also ensures that the photos captured by the hired photographer will show more than people plugged in elsewhere. It also helps prevent interference on important shots (other cameras visible, flashes going off, etc.).

“We have become a world that is so hyper-connected to everyone and everything,” said Abby Larson, creator of StyleMePretty.com. “An unplugged wedding allows you to sit, really listen and be a part of the festivities.”

What do you think of unplugged weddings? Does it mean that couples are too self-involved, or is it a reasonable request?

Image: Justin Litton via Flickr CC

Image: Justin Houk  via Flickr CC


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