While some brides are embracing technology at their wedding, others are shying away from guest’s cell phones, iPads and digital cameras on their wedding day. A tech-free, or “unplugged” wedding means asking guests not to use devices either during the ceremony or for the entire wedding and to refrain from posting things online until after the wedding. Whether you love this idea, or still need some convincing, we’ve got 10 reasons that just might have you going old school!
1. Get brownie points with your photographer
Search online for “unplugged wedding” and you will read countless anecdotes from wedding photographers of guests getting in the way of wedding photos because they wanted to snap their own photo with a cellphone. A flash from another digital camera or cell phone can also ruin professional photos. Most photographers will be over the moon if you just let them do their job without interfering.
2. Your guests will be fully present
Do you really want your guests on their phones during dinner or during the reception? Not having technology means everyone is paying attention to what is going on. After all, you have planned a huge day for everyone; experiencing it through the screen of a phone or camera is just not the same as being wholly present.
3. People will talk to each other
Not having phones means people can have conversations with each other instead of looking at their phones. Ensure your guests that your photographer will take a lot of candid shots of everyone, so guests don’t have to worry about snapping their own photos or interrupting conversations to take photos.
4. You can enjoy the moment
Having an “unplugged” wedding also applies to the bride and groom. Relax and be in the moment instead of snapping photos with your own phone or live tweeting every minute of your wedding. Even if you’re not having a tech-free wedding, give your phone to your Maid of Honor to keep for the day or better yet, leave it at home.
5. You will get the photos you want
This might sound vain, but having a tech-free wedding means the photos you have from the wedding will be the flattering photos you want from your photographer and not grainy, cellphone photos with unflattering angles. You might want to sweeten the deal by ensuring your guests they will have full access to the final wedding photos after the wedding, so they don’t have to worry about taking their own photos.
6. You will cut down on noise and distractions
No one wants a ringing cellphone or message notification interrupting their ceremony. Having 50 phone cameras clicking and flashing at once might not be pleasant for everyone either.
7. There is less chance that you will miss out on something
When people are engrossed in their cellphones, they tend to tune out what is going on around them. You don’t want to miss the cake-cutting, first dance or toasts because you were too busy checking your email. The wedding should be the most important thing going on that day.
8. Have more privacy
Some people love posting every moment of their waking lives online, while others are much more private about sharing their lives on the internet. If you are the latter, nicely tell your guests to not post any photos of the wedding online and to keep the photos for themselves.
9. Avoid social media awkwardness
Having other people post photos of your wedding that they took can also lead to some awkwardness. For example, there may be photos you don’t like, party photos that got a little too rowdy or maybe someone who wasn’t invited will see the photos and comment.
10. You will save time
When guests are getting in the way of photos with their own cameras instead of letting the photographer do his or her job, your photo session will take longer. With no technology at your wedding, your photographer will not have to wait for other to set up and snap their own photos.
Although the Victorian days of carrying around a parasol to protect from the sun are long over, the parasol has made a major comeback in the world of weddings. A parasol can be used for photo props, as a wedding accessory and even as wedding decor. From paper to lace to fabric, there are many kinds of parasols to fit all wedding looks, although classic battenburg lace parasols with their geometric patterns and woven vintage look make for an elegant accessory.
A vintage parasol is also something to hold in your hands while you’re taking photos. Props usually always make photos easier. Get inspired by vintage beauties with parasols like Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady. In Victorian times, the parasol was a status symbol of sorts and many ladies had one to match each outfit.
Give each of your bridesmaids a parasol to have everyone matching. You can find parasols in various colors and styles to match. Ask a vintage rental company if they have authentic vintage parasols to rent or buy a vintage parasol at an antique shop for a real vintage accessory.
Use the parasol to “hide” behind for a first look photo or get a cute photo of the bride and groom kissing behind one.
The beauty of vintage parasols is that each one is a slightly different. Even a mismatched look adds a fun element to accessories for the wedding party.
Have a stack of parasols out for your guests at an outdoor wedding, so they can protect themselves from the sun.
Love these colors!
Parasols also work as decorations to hang from the ceiling, or even from trees. They are usually not that expensive to buy in batches, so you can get many. We love this idea of hanging colored ribbons from each parasol.
These white and pastel blue parasols are so dreamy!
Parasols also come in different shapes and sizes. The smaller ones make a cute table centerpiece. Search online or wedding wholesale suppliers for “parasols” to find them and have fun with the vintage look. You can even get parasol drink stirrers to match your theme.
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Today, dear readers, you are in for a treat! The moment we set eyes on this romantic bridal session sent over to us by photographer Steven Dray from Steven Dray images, we lit up with excitement; we simply could not wait to share it on IW!
To set the stage for this gorgeous shoot, we’ll let Steven describe the “old meets new” bridal session in his own words. Take it away Steven!
This mysterious, romantic bridal session features an “old meets new” theme with inspiration from different time periods. All featured vendors are up and coming, fresh and local to the Pittsburgh area.
The bride’s look centers on the 1960’s – classic and elegant. Hair and make up by Hannah Conard Beauty are reminiscent of the Brigitte Bardot fashion era. Her dress from local boutique Glitter & Grit requires no heavy accessories; the Chante by Houghton speaks for itself. This column gown French guider lace dress features long sleeves, a beautiful boat neck and an open, cut out back. Two different pairs of beautiful shoes from Modcloth show the versatility of the dress. Local flowers arranged by The Farmer’s Daughter add vibrant pops of color that bring the session to life.
The groom’s look is something straight out of a current issue of GQ magazine. His simple navy suit, (American Commodore Tuxedo) fresh to death hairstyle and classic beard bring energy and style that perfectly complement the rest of the session. Whether this couple got married in 1960 or 2015, their timeless looks would still be the cats meow.
A sweetheart table featuring a flower table runner, vintage glasses and place cards was provided by Devoted to You Events. A portion of the session showcases hand woven rocking chairs decorated by flowers overlooking hallmark Pittsburgh bridges on the Allegheny River. The bride and groom decided to skip dinner and go straight for desserts provided by the Lincoln Bakery.
Photographer Steven Dray Images didn’t want to deliver typical golden hour photos but wanted to capture mysterious, romantic portraits that boast contrast and color as the evening light faded. In order to give this session a unique feel and location, the couple was photographed on the docks leading up to house boats at Choderwood. The shoot ended with the bride changing into a more casual look (Cocktail dress by Modcloth) and the couple enjoying a private cocktail on the top of a houseboat. As the evening settled in, the photos became deeper and more emotional. I could talk about this photo shoot forever but one look at the images will inspire the adventurous bride and groom to try something different.
Photographer: Steven Dray Images
Wedding Planner and Coordinator: Melissa Crawford, Devoted To You
Gown: Glitter & Grit Bridal Boutique – Bridal Gown called Chante by Houghton
Groom’s Attire: American Commodore Tuxedo Robinson Township
Make Up & Hair: Hannah Conard
Flowers: The Farmer’s Daughter
Shoes & Cocktail Dress: Modcloth
Male Model: Mike Hanlon
Female Model: Elizabeth Podlesnik
Having always discussed running away together and getting married, Cassie and Justin planned all the details of their out-of-state elopement in just four days!
With a stunning view of the mountains and only their pastor and photographer present, the couple were wed at Kilkelly’s Cabin in Boone, North Carolina in a simple outdoor ceremony. Even a quick rain shower during the ring exchange couldn’t dampen the spirits of these two lovebirds as they became husband and wife. Both agree that they wouldn’t change a thing about their wedding day!
Special thanks to Michelle Hrin for sharing this sweet mountain elopement with us today!
Cassie, 27 & Justin, 32
Wedding Date: May 15, 2015
Number of Guests: Only the pastor and our photographer were present
Wedding Cost: Approximately $1,400 (this includes our attire)
Wedding Ceremony Location: Kilkelly’s Cabin
Wedding Reception Location: We did not have a reception, but along with a few friends, we went to Crestwood Resort in Boone, North Carolina to celebrate, and we stayed there that night. It was a very nice place with a beautiful mountain view.
Why did you have an intimate wedding?
We have been together for about six years and have always talked about running away together to get married. We wanted the day to be relaxed and about the two of us; not rushed or stressful. I also get embarrassed in front of big crowds!
What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?
Because we chose to do our intimate wedding in North Carolina rather than at home, I had to choose the venue, photographer, florist, hair salon, etc. via the internet. I am a very indecisive person anyway, so it was hard for me to decide having never met the vendors or seen the venue. But when I called each of the vendors that I chose, they were so kind, flexible and reasonably priced. Then, the venue and photographer had beautiful pictures on their websites and the decision seemed obvious. Most people are surprised when I tell them I had our wedding planned in four days. I will not lie, I spent those four days glued to a computer and telephone researching, calling and emailing prospective salons, photographers, florists, etc., but it was all worth it! Everything we chose – pictures, flowers, venue and even hair and makeup – turned out perfect, as if they were meant to be.
Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?
I am my mother and father’s only daughter, so it was difficult to tell them that we were going away to get married on our own. They knew that it was what we really wanted, so they supported us as long as we promised to bring them back pretty pictures, and we did.
Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?
We did have some family members and friends make comments about not being invited but they soon found out that no one was invited, so no one ever actually got upset with us.
What were the highlights of the ceremony?
I worried myself sick over the rain because I had planned our whole wedding around being outside with a beautiful view. We made it through our vows and as soon as we started the ring exchange the rain came and we had to step under the deck. Luckily, it passed as quickly as it came. I have always heard that rain on your wedding day is good luck. Also, as we were leaving a big jet flew right in front of the cabin; it seemed almost level with us. My husband was very excited about that.
What were the highlights of the reception?
No reception, just dinner and drinks with friends and a Blue Ridge Mountain view. Our friends did introduce us to a great cocktail we had not tried before, the Moscow Mule. They also took us to the Gamekeeper, a restaurant tucked away in the mountains near Blowing Rock, NC, that specializes in locally sourced game. We tried just about everything on the menu: Elk, bison, lamb, rabbit, duck… you name it. The food and drinks were all new and different to us; it was an exciting and memorable experience.
What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?
Everything. We were never rushed, or anxious about guests. We didn’t have to worry about making a mistake or being embarrassed. We were able to take our time with the photographer and get lots of beautiful images because we did not have a schedule and no one was waiting on us. We really enjoyed each other and the gorgeous scenery that day. We relaxed and enjoyed the night out with a few friends. Thinking about it now makes me want to go back in time and do it all over again the exact same way!
What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?
If you are thinking about an intimate wedding, I would say absolutely go for it! Just pick a pretty place, make sure you get a good photographer, and enjoy your spouse for the day without the time constraints and stress! I absolutely wouldn’t change a thing about our wedding. It was everything I had dreamed of.
Photographer: Michelle Hrin Photography
Flowers: Bouquet Florist
Hair and Makeup: Serendipity Hair Studio and Boutique
Wedding Clothing and Jewelry: Macy’s
Accommodations: Crestwood Resort and Spa
Dinner: Gamekeeper Restaurant
When it comes to wedding decor, nautical is always on trend! If you’re trying to recreate the look without using blue and white stripes, then enter the new nautical. Driftwood, watercolor and waves give that classic seaside look in a clean and contemporary way. You can tie in these details for a beach or destination wedding, or incorporate them into other venues for a fresh nautical look.
This stunning invitation has deep blue watercolor details, with calligraphy used as a perfect finishing touch.
A simple centerpiece that incorporates driftwood, greenery and candles is an amazing way to add some interest to white tables.
Throw out any preconceived notions that you may have about the tradition of wearing ‘something blue’. Take it to the next level with this beautiful royal blue wedding dress, that’s reminiscent of rippling waves.
Hanging decor gives a unique twist on the classic chandelier. Glass spheres holding candles are a great idea, especially when hanging from gorgeous pieces of driftwood.
Dip-dyed napkins are an alternative to a striped pattern and still have a nautical feel.
For a whimsical centerpiece, mix and match shells, net, driftwood and rocks.
Continue the nautical vibe with your wedding cake, with blue buttercream in a wave effect.
Beach weddings will do all the work for you when it comes to this theme. To create a focal point for the ceremony go for a driftwood arch.
Painted invitations are a subtle way to go for some sea inspiration.
Signs are always a great idea, especially if your venue is separated into different locations. Keep your guests in the know throughout the day with a driftwood sign.
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