Some weddings are going tech-free
Stephanie Graham, Courtny Gerrish
Photo: Video by tmj4.com
BROOKFIELD - Technology and weddings. It may seem like a match made in heaven. How much is too much?
Janet Liebelt is getting married in New Berlin in a few weeks. She's excited. "I know he's the one I want to spend the rest of my life with,"
She's set on making sure her ceremony is camera-free!
"When I walk down the aisle I want to be able to see faces and not cameras," Janet says matter-of-factly.
Janet plans on including her request in the wedding program. She explains, "I'm going to put a little note at the bottom, 'Please no cellphones or cameras during ceremony.'"
It's known as an 'unplugged wedding', and couples nationwide are requesting, or even requiring that guests turn off their tech. Cutting out digital distractions, like texting, pictures and social media, is a growing trend.
Abby Larson is with stylemepretty.com. She says, "We have become a world that is so hyper-connected to everyone and everything, so an unplugged wedding allows you to sit and really listen and be a part of the festivities."
Anja Winnika with wedding website theknot.com says in some cases, guests have even been asked to check their tech at the door.
"Just like you might your coat. The reason being because at that point your guests certainly have no opportunity to be posting anything online," she suggests.
Wedding experts admit the decision to go tech-free could offend some guests.
"The best you can do is really explain to them the reason why you're having this unplugged wedding, explain to them the benefits, and hope that they understand," Winnika says.
At the end of the day, Janet thinks her guests will be fine with her request. "I think that the sacredness of the ceremony is more important than having to capture that moment with a phone or with a camera."
Some people are also asking guests to unplug at the reception, but Janet says she's fine with people taking pictures at the party.
Wedding etiquette experts say, if you do request that your guests unplug, and someone needs to make a call for personal reasons, be sure to give them your blessing.