Smiles, Not Cell Phones

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Hello, my name is Julie and I’m an iPhone-aholic. I tweet at the beach, check emails at dinner… it’s bad. So, when I heard about unplugged weddings, I panicked and secretly hoped the trend wouldn’t catch on.

What is an unplugged wedding? Some couples are asking guests to turn off their smart phones and leave their cameras at home. That’s right, no technology allowed! Don’t worry; the couple will have a professional photographer present and will send links to a gallery or upload the photos online for all to enjoy.

Needless to say, couples planning to Face Time grandma as they walk down the aisle, or to take a selfie of their first kiss as husband and wife need not apply.

At first, the idea of going without my cellphone for an entire night gave me nightmares for a week. What if someone needs to check in with the babysitter? Why not simply ask guests to refrain from snapping photos? But, then I thought about how nice it would be to enjoy my bubbly and not have my stilettos stomped on as I battled for a shot of the lovebirds’ first dance and to see smiles rather than waving cell phones. Unplugged weddings seem pretty perfect, after all.