James P. Correia, a wedding photographer, states that it is becoming more common to have an “unplugged-wedding“. This means that neither digital cameras nor phones are permitted in the wedding ceremony. This “allows all guests to enjoy themselves more, take in the meaning of the day, and truly observe a magical moment.” Correia believes that, “our generation too often buries our heads in our gadgets… and we are starting to miss out on a lot.”
Oh dear, although he may be correct in his assessment, I feel Mr. Correia may be one of those photographers who puts his head under a black cloth and all his photos look like a family of pious pioneering farmers or shifty saloon customers. This may be a nice sentiment, but it so laughably unrealistic. It is certainly acceptable, and I believe very wise, to ask the officiant at the opening of the ceremony to remind guests to turn their phone ringers off. But ask your guests to leave their phones at the door? Maybe ten years ago, but not today.
Cameras, cell phones, instagram, facebook, twitter – all here to stay. Make the most of it by giving your wedding a hashtag (as in #yournamehisname), and enjoy all the photos from your laptop or Ipad as your recover from the big day on your honeymoon. The tablecloths all go back, you’ll never wear the dress again, and you can’t take leftover champagne on the plane. You can look over the photos forever and then actually print…yes, print out, to touch and feel…and frame your favourites.