Unplugged vs. Hashtag Wedding
Ever since 2007 and the introduction of the iPhone (with android following soon after) our lives have forever been changed. I’m sure most of us would agree that this change has been for the better, but these little devices, and their not so tiny cousin the tablet, have been wreaking havoc on the wedding photography and videography community. It’s not that us professionals in the wedding photo / video game don’t want your guests to capture all the wonderful moments they are having with you and the other guests, we just have an obligation to capture the these once in a lifetime Memories the best we can for you, the fantastic couple that appreciated our work enough to trust us with one of the biggest days of your lives. Now, in recent years the hashtag wedding comes along. This means you give your guests a hashtag to use on social media to share your day. Which is right for you?
So let’s dive right in and Start with the reasons to have an “Unplugged Wedding”
I found this list of the top 5 reasons to have an unplugged ceremony:
1. Pro photographers’ pics are compromised by competing camera flashes and the domino effect of shooters trying to shoot around shooters.
2. Not being able to identify guests in the pro shots because their faces are obscured by phones and cameras.
3. The audible distraction of whirl, click, snap crackle pop as guests power up and down and occasionally push “ringtone” instead of “mute.”
4. Most agree that only well-honed professionals can experience what they are shooting fully through a lens. The rest of us detach ourselves from the present as we try to chronicle the past for use in the future.
5. This is a once in a life time event and you have not been invited as paparazzi. You have been invited to SHARE the ceremony with the COUPLE, not the world wide web.
Here are a few ways couples can ask their guests to turn their phones off:
Okay, that all seems to make sense, right? Well, the last couple of years has seen the arrival of a completely new phenomenon, the “Hashtag Wedding” “what’s the #hashtagwedding?” you might ask. Well it’s when the couple encourages guests to use their phones and tablets to take and share pictures online through apps like Instagram and Twitter. What a world we live in. This flys in the face of everything a traditional wedding videographer or photographer stands for. Personally I think this #wedding phenom is fascinating. It’s very much with the times and in my ten years working weddings I’ve learned things change and it’s best to embrace new styles and fads.
Now let’s cover 5 reasons to have a #wedding
I found this list of 5 reasons to have a Hashtag Wedding:
1. Showcases your personalities You should make your wedding a reflection of your relationship. Whether you channel it through the vows, readings, or food/drinks, it should also be considered when creating your wedding hashtag too.
2. Puts your creative cap on One of the best parts is how you choose to share your wedding hashtag! Get crafty with your decor and display it on a wooden directional arrow or chalkboard sign.
3. Allows guests to get involved While your photographer is there to professionally shoot your wedding, and not to mention, make it look awesome, a wedding hashtag allows your closest family and friends to chime in on all the action. It provides them with another form of entertainment too.
4. Instant access, anywhere and anytime As guests take photos with your wedding hashtag, they will automatically be uploaded at the push of a button to a single feed. Say bye-bye to waiting around at a local drugstore to receive those scans. Instead you and your significant other can browse through them while relaxing on your honeymoon!
5. Photos are engaged No, we don’t mean with a ring! We mean the photos will be filled with hundreds of likes, comments, and shares, which makes it more like your own personal storybook.
This all seems to make sense. In fact it sounds like fun. If you’re thinking about having a hashtag #wedding why not try out one of the hashtag generators . Wedding Wire has a great one. I tried it out, and if hashtags were around when I got married ours would have been #patrickwedsalyse CUTE!
Here’s a couple ways to announce your hashtag wedding.
Now I’ll give you my opinion. I think if you want to have a #wedding I say go for it. My advice would be to have an unplugged ceremony and allow hashtagging at the reception after all the formal events. I think this way you’ll have the best of both worlds.