Post # 1
We’re not doing an unplugged ceremony, however, I would still like our officiant to remind people to silence their cell phones. When should he do this? We have a friend officiating and are writing our ceremony ourselves.
So does it go: Officiant walks in, guys walk in, then he says welcome, silence your phone
or everyone down the aisle including me, then open by saying that?
For the life of me I can’t remember when this was said during any of the ceremonies I’ve been to.
Post # 3
@StL.Ashley: Ours spoke to the guests before anyone came into the room.
Post # 4
I’ve never heard this announcement at any wedding ceremony I’ve been to and our officiant didn’t do it at ours. I would think (or HOPE) adults know to silence their phones at a ceremony, Church, movies, etc. Those that don’t probably wouldn’t with or without an announcement.
Post # 5
Yeah, I’ve never heard of this announcement being given either. I’d hope that people would do it automatically. I know I do when I’m in situations where it would be highly inappropriate for my phone to go off, like weddings, the movies, plays, concerts, etc.
BUT, if you really want to do this, I’d say do it before anyone in the wedding party comes out.
Post # 6
Are you having a program? If so, can you write it there or have ushers remind guests when they are seating them? I think an announcement ruins the beauty of a wedding.
Post # 7
I’ve never heard this kind of announcement, and our officiant never made one. We trusted our adult guests to act as adults and shut their phones off – and not one beep, buzz, or ring was heard. My venue was a giant marble rotunda that echoed very, very easily, so I would have known if there was someone’s phone on.
If you’re going to do this, I would have the officiant make the announcement as soon as he gets in. If you do it after the bridal party comes in, it’s totally going to ruin the moment, and if it’s made right before your entrance, it ruins your entrance, as well.
Post # 8
@Pupperoni: I second these ideas.
Post # 9
Huh I never even thoughto f that. Our venue was out of cell range so it really didn’ tmatter. I have heard officiants say it at the very beginning, befre anyone else comes in though.
Post # 10
Ours did it before anybody came down the aisle.
Post # 11
We didn’t have an announcement and it wasn’t a problem. Like Gelaine said, they’re adults…they should know to turn off the sound on their phones.
Post # 12
I’m shocked how many of you have never heard that! It’s been at every wedding I can remember in the past few years…just like how it’s in the previews when you go to the movies.
Maybe we’ll skip it and hope for the best.
Post # 13
I plan to ask our officiants to make the announcement immediately as she takes her position. I don’t understand why some of the Bees here would skip such a quick and easy announcement which will save a lot of embarassment and ruffled feathers.
Post # 14
An unplugged isn’t just about silencing phones it’s about putting away cameras and phones with cameras so guests can focus on the ceremony instead of turning into paparazzi.
I haven’t had an officiant do this at a wedding I attended, but inwould welcome it before the processional begins. “Ladies and gents the ceremony will be under way in a few short minutes. At the request of the bride and groom, at this time please put away your phones and cameras.”
I would also make sure a blurb about your unplugged wedding is in the program or on a table sign with the guest book, so the officiant’s short speech is just reinforcement/ reminder of a stated request.
Post # 15
@StL.Ashley: I’ve never heard that announcement or planned on having one made. Thought it went without saying I guess…
Post # 16
@CurlyCue: it isn’t unplugged, we just don’t want someone’s phone to ring during our ceremony