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The Wedding Industry Insider: Are ‘plugged’ weddings a thing of the past?

25 Jul 2017

Industry opinion and the latest launches in the world of weddings in the fourth instalment of The Wedding Industry Insider – by Bride digital editor, Sarah George

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In the latest edition of ‘Ask the Expert’, Marie Haverly – our wedding planner-turned-agony-aunt advises how couples can request an unplugged wedding without upsetting their guests or coming across as too controlling. However, unplugged weddings now appear to be the norm as the continual rise of social media threatens to leave weddings exposed way before couples have said ‘I do’.

While social media is the perfect platform to share photos with friends and family who couldn’t make the day, there is now a need for rules to be clearly communicated from the outset – whether that allows guests to share away whenever, wherever, or politely requests that guests refrain from posting until the day after or at least post-ceremony. Guests now expect to be told one way or another, which can be incorporated in to your wedding day signage and stationery, as below:

An unplugged wedding also encourages guests to be in the here and now, enjoying your ceremony through their own eyes and not behind a smartphone screen or camera.

Not only does social media pose a potential issue when it comes to wedding photographs, but guests simply getting in the way of official photos just to secure their own snaps is also a problem waiting to happen. Take a look at these pitfalls of a ‘plugged’ wedding:

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Are you going unplugged on your big day or are you a photographer who has evidence to prove why photo-taking during the ceremony should be banned? We want to hear from you; email sarah.george@archant.co.uk.

In other news, the last fortnight has seen bridemagazine.co.uk awash with inspirational photoshoots across the country and in turn, has showcased an interesting trend. Minimalist luxury is exemplified by these two shoots in Lancashire: one which demonstrated how less can be more, and the other displaying how a simple bridal look can be just as striking. Similarly, this Cheshire shoot offers modern minimalism for a stunning overall look. Further to the previous edition of The Wedding Industry Insider which pondered the rise of the luxury wedding, all these shoots highlight the fact that a luxury wedding need not be overly extravagant to look expensive – music to the ears of brides-to-be desperately trying to stick to their budgets.

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Over the last few weeks, we have also seen Shropshire Petals launch its new confetti balloon range, Huetribe announce a search for the face of its LBGTQ range of greeting cards, and the news of Beaverbrooks’ exciting competition to find the UK’s Best Bling-stagrammer.

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