A Merging 2014 Wedding Trend – Unplugged Weddings

Posted by csancho on Aug 27, 2014
Unplugged Wedding

Off Beat Bride - The Unplugged Wedding by ARIEL MEADOW STALLINGS - Photo by Nora & Troy at Aurora-Photography.com

As far as wedding trends go, there are two that are highly influenced by social media and technology. In 2013, there was the surge of #hashtagweddings with cute signs inviting guests to take and link wedding photos with their smart phone.  It makes sense in terms of being sure to have all of your wedding photos saved to the same place, but now in 2014 there is a new trend taking the stage: unplugged weddings.

An unplugged wedding is a wedding where the bride and groom kindly request that guests refrain from using their phones or camera’s during the wedding. The ideology behind this is that they want everyone to be completely present and to experience their wedding first hand – not through a camera screen.

#hashtagwedding versus unplugged: The ideas behind each of these weddings go head to head with an essential issue that is debated on more than one platform, asking are we too dependent on technology? Do we believe, as Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky’s dystopia claims, that the virtual is “better than real”? Or is the real, the moment, irreplaceable by the photographs and video’s we capture? As we dive into social media realizing the benefits it brings, it is important to recognize the cons and perhaps that it does not belong at the moment of your “I do’s”. With a wedding photographer, you and your wedding guest should not worry about capturing your special day on camera -let the photographer worry about that. Enjoy the moment.

How to have an unplugged wedding

  1. Create a cute sign (better than a hashtag) asking your guests to please turn off their phones. This is a simple way to push toward having an unplugged wedding. Guests will typically be willing to follow your wedding whims because they came to see your wedding, not Instagram it. It is just easy to end up on Instagram with your phone at your fingertips. However, just like when you go to see a movie, your guests can survive a couple hours with their phone turned off                                                                                                                                                                                                                     OR
  2. Have a phone check in (like a coat check). It will be important to create an effective system for keeping track of whose phone is whose, but this is a fun way to insure that your guests won’t be Snap chatting or updating their Facebook status as you are tearing up in your vows.

There really won’t be too much to creating an unplugged wedding. It is just a matter of deciding if it is important to you or not. After all, it is your wedding day.

41 Floral Arrangements With Succulents

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 14, 2014


Photos (from left to right): Abbey Lunt Photography

If you haven’t noticed by now, we’re suckers for succulents! Added bonus: they’ll be trending in 2014 along with dahlias. Use them in your bouquet, pin them on his lapel, decorate the table, and adorn the cake with these tiny green plants. See more here.

Our Favorite Wedding Entertainment Trends for 2014

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 24, 2013

If you’re looking to go beyond the traditional DJ and band entertainment, here’s what we’re predicting to see more of in 2014:

Slow Motion Photo Booths – This video sensation went viral at the end of August, and everyone’s been asking, “What’s a slow motion photo booth?” According to Super Frogs Saves Tokyo, they used a RED Epic camera that shot 160 frames per second! Now, that’s a lot of photos. Since the music is muted, be sure to have Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” playing in the background.