Unplugged Weddings- How to Ask Your Guests to Turn off Their Phones
Have you seen the photos of wedding ceremonies with all of the guests leaning in to the aisle with their cell phones to capture the important moments? There have been a lot of missed opportunities for photographers due to the unexpected guest in front of their hired lens. Can you imagine hiring a photographer and them not getting the shot of your first kiss as husband and wife? Or having someone's head and cell phone in the shot as your father is walking you down the aisle on your most important day? What if someone's ringer sounded during your vows?
Many couples are taking matters into their own hands to ensure that their guests remain unplugged at least during the ceremony. So, what are some ways of asking your guests to comply with this wish? Some couples are a little more straightforward and ask outright with the help of signage or a chalkboard outside of the ceremony venue. "The couple appreciates you being in the moment with them and therefore ask that all devices be turned off during the duration of the ceremony." You can also make note of this in the program or have the Officiant be the one to relay this sentiment. One groom turned his phone off at the altar and made the announcement that he was turning his phone off and would like to ask everyone else to do the same. Still others have cell phone stations outside of the venue that allows the guests to pick them up afterward. Extreme? Maybe, but in this age of everyone wanting to document everything, check in everywhere, and hashtag like crazy, having a little unplugged time during the most important moment in a couples' life is not too much to ask.
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