Have cell phones ruined weddings?

With all the advancements in technology of today, and the huge increase of people on social media, cell phones have now become a major problem at weddings. It has now come to the point where wedding guests have told me (the bride and groom's hired photographer) that I am getting in the way of their shot. Also it has been increasingly more of a difficulty now to capture certain shots at specific key moments because of people blocking the good angles with their cell phone or tablet in the way. I have recently found a lot of brides and grooms these days opting for an "unplugged" wedding ceremony ie: no electronic devices allowed.

It's amazing to see how many people would rather watch the wedding ceremony through their devices as they are recording than seeing and enjoying it live.

Watch this video that was put together by SLF Weddings that describes the whole experience from a photographer's point of view. And maybe you will consider having your wedding UNPLUGGED

Here is a piece of an article that I found online at the International Business Times:

From brides to photographers to priests, a backlash is forming against the great destroyer of wedding ceremonies. The smartphone sits at the center of almost everybody’s mobile life, so it’s only natural it would also infiltrate the modern wedding ceremony. But when guests are snapping selfies and posting their photographs on Facebook rather than focusing on what’s going on, it’s an aggravation for those who worked so hard to make the day a success.

And it’s not just a nuisance: The proliferation of phones at weddings is ruining the work of paid professionals who are tasked with capturing the perfect photos but all too often find themselves obstructed by aunts and uncles thrusting their devices in the air.

“The worst is when the bride comes down the aisle,” said Kenny Pang, a wedding photographer based in New York. “People will jump in front, stretch their arm out. I can’t move out of position and tell them to move back!”