Schedule: Timing for your wedding ceremony is entirely up to you 🙂
What is an unplugged ceremony?
An “unplugged” ceremony is when you ask your guests to refrain from taking photos.
Unplugged is better…
An unplugged ceremony will ensure a better experience for your guests because they will be more engaged with what is taking place without being distracted by cell phone cameras, video and flashes.
Whether or not you decide to do an unplugged ceremony is entirely up to you. As your photographer, I honestly do not care if people around me are taking photos or video as long as you do not feel it’s distracting or disruptive. In that case, perhaps request that guests capture only from their seats, rather than standing or crowding the aisles, as this can be distracting for everyone.
For family photos, I would ask that we try to minimize guests taking photos only to make the process more efficient. Everyone will have access to the same photos. 🙂
Make sure you are backlit…
For outdoor ceremonies, particularly those in direct sunlight, it is ideal to place the sun directly behind your officiant to ensure even backlight, otherwise you’ll be very harshly lit and likely squinting. I would be happy to help on site with this if you’d like.
Please try to avoid big mic metal stands as they are distracting and not very attractive. If a mic is being used, please have your officiant use a handheld mic.
A receiving line is where you greet every single person as they exit the ceremony venue or enter the reception venue. Unless your wedding is very small, I strongly advise against having a receiving line. They are repetitive, time consuming and it will be overwhelming for you. I would recommend greeting your guests while mingling during cocktail hour. It will be more enjoyable for you.