To Unplug or Not to Unplug: The Great Debate at Weddings

Should you ask your guests to put away their phones during your wedding? It's a question that sparks varied opinions among couples. Some feel strongly about having a so-called unplugged wedding from the outset, while others may not have even considered it. If you find yourself unsure, in this blog we will explore the key pros and cons to help you make an informed decision about whether to have an unplugged wedding or not.

Pros of an Unplugged Wedding

No distractions: By requesting that guests put away their phones, you create an environment free from digital distractions. This allows everyone to be fully present and engaged in the moment, cherishing the magic of your special day without the constant lure of notifications and social media.


Uninterrupted professional photography: With no phones in sight, your professional photographer can capture every precious moment without any obstructions. No more worries about phone screens blocking the view or camera flashes disrupting the ambiance. Your wedding album will be filled with stunning, unadulterated photographs that truly reflect the atmosphere and emotions of the day.


Uninterrupted vows and speeches: One of the most intimate and heartfelt moments of any wedding is the exchange of vows and speeches. By having an unplugged wedding, you can ensure that every word spoken between you and your partner is heard and cherished without the interruption of someone's phone ringing or notification sounds.


Control over social media sharing: By discouraging the use of phones during your wedding, you regain control over which pictures and moments end up on social media platforms. This allows you to curate and share those special moments at your own pace and in the manner that feels most meaningful to you.

Cons of an Unplugged Wedding

Missing the guest perspective: When guests are allowed to use their phones, you have the opportunity to see your ceremony and reception through their eyes. Their candid snapshots and videos can provide a unique and personal glimpse into the emotions and experiences of the day, allowing you to relive the celebration from different perspectives.


Respecting your wishes: Unfortunately, not everyone will respect your request for an unplugged wedding. Despite clear signs and announcements, there may be guests who choose to ignore your wishes and use their phones anyway. This can be frustrating and may lead to moments being unintentionally captured on social media before you're ready to share them.


Capturing all moments with a large guest list: If you have a sizable guest list, it may be challenging for your photographer to capture every single moment of emotion and happiness from everyone attending. With limited time and resources, it's practically impossible to ensure that every guest is captured in professional photographs.


Ultimately, the decision of whether to have an unplugged wedding rests with you. Consider the pros and cons, envision how you want your wedding day to unfold, and think about what aligns with your values and desires. As a happy middle ground you can always decide to just have an unplugged ceremony, so that your photographer can get the perfect photos of you tying the knot, while giving your guests the chance to get some lovely candids of you during your wedding reception and evening celebrations. Whatever you decide, the team here at The Moat House will help you pull it off, whether we’re asking your guests to refrain from using their phones or giving them our tips and tricks for the best shots, we’ve got you covered.