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Consider having an Unplugged Wedding in the Lehigh Valley

Friday, June 3rd, 2016
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Photo by Michael McNett Photography

Why have an Unplugged Wedding

Technology, can be a good thing, but it certainly has its negative side too, even in the Wedding Industry. Maybe having an Unplugged Wedding is the best thing for couples to implement for their wedding day. At an unplugged wedding guests are not allowed to use their phones for photography.

I see it all too often, a guest takes out their cell phone to get a picture of a “big moment”, only to block the picture that the “professional photographer” is taking; the couple is about to cut the cake, and the guest jumps in between the couple and the professional to take a shot!  Talk about rude!  Another thing that upsets me, is when you see all the guests at a table, looking at their cell phone, instead of enjoying the couple’s first dance, cutting of the cake or even the parent’s dance!   What about the couple doing their first look and well-meaning bridal attendants, feel compelled to put pictures on social media, before the bride and groom are even married. One of my present clients voiced this concern “A friend of mine asked everyone to keep their phones put away during the ceremony to keep people from blocking the photographers’ shots, I would agree that this is a big concern of mine“.

It is a known fact that most churches are fairly dark.  In these situations professional photographers have invested significant amounts of money to capture images in darker conditions with high quality results.  LCD screen cameras like phones and iPad’s have very unsophisticated lenses and sensors, that cannot come close to anything the pros would shoot; but those high end cameras, in trying to capture a low light condition like in a church, will without a doubt make those little screens light up like a Christmas tree. It’s much better to let the pros get that really good shot and to share it with friends and family, than to end up with a bunch of poor shots.  The best way to enjoy a wedding is to enjoy it and then enjoy the pro’s images afterward.

Couples, it’s time to say enough is enough and to have an “unplugged wedding”! This will really allow your guests to be involved in all aspects of your wedding day!

Here are some ideas you may want to implement at your wedding, so that these things don’t happen to you.

  1. Inform your attendants, that no one is to take pictures, if they are there for the first look, or if they take pictures to please not post until after the ceremony!
  2. Put a note in your bulletin, asking everyone to turn off the ringers on their phone and to refrain from taking pictures at the wedding, that’s why you hired a professional photographer.
  3. Put a note in your bulletin to refrain from taking pictures with a flash.
  4. Ask your officiant to make an announcement to guests that they are to enjoy themselves and not take pictures.
  5. Put cards on the reception tables asking guests to please make sure that they are not restricting the photographer from doing his job.
  6. OffBeat Bride has some ways to word what you want to say, which will make it easier. They even suggest having someone from the bridal party enforce the no cell phone pictures and how to approach it. http://offbeatbride.com/2011/06/unplugged-wedding-templates

What To Do Once You Have Said Yes?

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Well, you’ve been dreaming about this day, since you were young! The love of your life has asked you to be their husband or wife, and you’ve said yes! Now what? Here is a list of 10 things to do, after accepting your partners proposal.

1. Tell your parents – Allow them to have the honor of finding out that you have become engaged and be ready, time to celebrate! Might want to even let the family you don’t see or talk to all the time know too!

2. Call your closest friends – Make sure you call your closest friends, so they find out the great news from you, not from facebook! This is one of those things that should be done personally!

3. Decide on how many guests – Take a look at your friends and family and get an approximate idea of how many guests. You’ll need this for your Save the Date cards and if you use a planner, they will need to know that count, so they are able to refer you to the best locations suited to handle your affair.

4. Set your budget – Decide on how much you will have to dedicate to your wedding and also if anyone else will be contributing, such as parents, grandparents, etc. You will need a realistic budget so that you and a planner (if used) can determine what services fit your budget. This will also give you time to start saving for each of your services. The worst thing you can do is plan a wedding for $30K and when it comes time to pay the bills find out you don’t have the funds and end up having to take out a loan to pay it off.

5. Set the date – The main question you will be asked is “Congratulations, when is the date?” If you set the date right away you’ll already have an answer to the most often asked question. You also need to know the date when looking into where you will hold your ceremony and reception and finding availability of other wedding vendors.

6. Save the date – Get your Save the Date cards out to all your friends and family who you want to be in attendance this way they can put it on the calendar. A great place to go to do this is The Paperbag in Allentown

7. Hire a Planner – Getting married is a stressful time of your life. A planner will help you to get started and alleviate the stress you may experience. A planner, will save you a lot of legwork and time and allow you to really enjoy being engaged. Pinterest, may have become your best friend and you probably have many boards dealing with romantic wedding ideas, which your planner will help you to implement and make a reality. By knowing your budget, they can refer you to the best wedding vendors, to suit your budget and style. If you decide you are just looking for someone to pull it all together, look into Day of Service Packages too.

8. Now the honors – Pick out your attendants! There are many ways to ask those special friends to be in attendants and honor attendants in your wedding. Below are some fun ways to ask your friends:

a.  Gifts that help you ask
b. BBQ for everyone to get together to ask at once – love the t-shirts that say their role in the wedding (or something like that)
c. Check out online sites for other suggestions

9. Check out Social Media sites and Wedding Websites – Sign up at The Knot and also WeddingWire. Both of these websites have many wedding planning tools, to help you with vendor referrals, timelines of when things need to be done, to keep you on track, etc. Check them out. If you are in the Lehigh Valley, check out Lehigh Valley Wedding.com.

10.  Take out insurance – Consider insurance for both your new engagement ring and also your wedding. Insurance for your ring will make sure that if anything happens to either your wedding ring, whether you lose a stone or lose the ring, it can be replaced. Many couples ask, is wedding insurance really necessary, below is what Travelers Insurance says,

“The Wedding Protector Plan® is special event insurance which provides cancellation postponement coverage and other coverages to cover your investment, with an option to add liability coverage with no deductible, for many of things that could go wrong – that are beyond your control. Some of the Wedding Day Disasters are:
Dress lost, Deposits, Lost Rings, Severe Weather, Transportation Shutdown, Ruined Photos, Call to Duty, Damaged Gifts, Sudden Illness, Venue Requires Insurance, Additional Expense, Unemployment”
You can contact Brosky Insurance for further information and what they offer.

Now that you know where to begin, it’s time to have fun, relax, enjoy and don’t sweat the small stuff!