(Closed) How to have an unplugged ceremony

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: How should we ask guests to enjoy our ceremony without electronics?
    Have officiant announce before I walk down the aisle : (13 votes)
    33 %
    Have officiant announce at the beginning of the ceremony : (15 votes)
    38 %
    Put in program : (3 votes)
    8 %
    Put up a sign : (6 votes)
    15 %
    Other (explain) : (3 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    5014 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’m going to have our officiant make an announcement at the beginning of the ceremony. People may not see, or may choose to ignore a sign.

    Post # 4
    Member
    497 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I didn’t want an unplugged ceremony, but I did want guests to refrain from posting any wedding pictures to social media. I put that request in the program which was placed in everyone’s seat.

    Post # 5
    Hostess
    7564 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    We posted it on our website and then the officiant was supposed to remind everyone. I’m not sure if she did or not though…I was in another room at the start of the ceremony. 

    Post # 6
    Member
    739 posts
    Busy bee

    All of the above! Seriously some guests read, some don’t. I would have a sign, something in the program AND have the officiate make the announcement BEFORE anyone walks down the aisle. We missed yet ANOTHER bride coming down the aisle last weekend because a fatty aunt in a bright blue moomoo decided to step into the aisle just as the bride came down with her dad.

    Post # 7
    Member
    1814 posts
    Buzzing bee

    A good friend of mine is a Baptist Minister.  He comes out prior to the groom coming out, welcomes everyone and asks them to turn off their cellphones and to not come out into the aisle to take pics.  Hope that helps.

    Post # 8
    Member
    2484 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    I think in your case, you should definitely make sure that guests are fully aware about the unplugged status before you walk down the aisle, before the ceremony even starts, especially if you’re worried about guests blocking the aisle or having their faces blocked by tech gadgets in your walk down the aisle pictures.  How you do it depends on your guests.  If they’re big “program readers” (aka they’ll actually read the programs), you could just include a statement in the program.  But making an announcement would really call out your guests to make sure they comply- then anyone who does break the unplugged rule looks inconsiderate.  If it were me, I’d probably include it in the program and also have an officiant make a short statement before, but I’m paranoid like that, ha.

    Post # 9
    Member
    1068 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I did all of the above, and it went off well. I think if you go with only one of those things, some people are likely to forget.

    Post # 10
    Member
    1314 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    All of it.  Never underestimate how much guests (and even family members) will ignore your wishes.

    Post # 11
    Member
    4047 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    If you put it in the program, you need to make sure everyone gets a program. At the last wedding I attended (for a family member) we were hanging out with bride until mintues before and never made it through the foyer of the church to grab a program, so we wouldn’t have seen your message.

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