(Closed) How to let people know the ceremony is unplugged?

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

In our ceremony script our officiant said a little blurb about it being unplugged.

Post # 3
1845 posts
Buzzing bee

mallorinicole:  I think asking the officiant to say something along those lines is perfect! I would hate to walk down the aisle and see a stream of iPhones staring at me!

Post # 4
4041 posts
Honey bee

Daughter #1 the officiant did it, before the processional. Daughter #2 the FOB did it, because the FOG is obsessed with videotaping. By The Way, it didn’t help; the FOG stood off to the side – didn’t sit next to his wife, in the first row – and taped it “his way,” despite our paying for a professional – ARGH!



Post # 6
13385 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If your officiant says it, say it before people start walking in.  

I don’t like these cheesey statements that people find online.  Just have the officiant say something like, “Please put your phones away” or something easy.  You don’t need to suck up to your photographer and try to convince your guests she’s awesome before the wedding.

Post # 7
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve also seen signs posted at the entry of the ceremony.

Personally, I would do it all–put it on your wedding website, post a nice, gentle reminder sign at the entrance to the sanctuary, print it in the program, and have your officiant mention it verbally as well.

And because I’m, well me, I’d also enlist my salty friends to give anyone who so much as swipes and iPad the evil eye.


ETA: there are plenty of online examples on how to word it, but a simple: “THe Bride and Groom request that guests refrain from photographing and/or videotaping the ceremony” is fine. So is “This is an unplugged ceremony–please turn off and/or silence all phones and tablets. Thank you!” (all bets are off for the reception, as you know!)

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 2 months ago by  BothCoasts.
Post # 8
76 posts
Worker bee

it’s quite common for the officiant to announce it. Expect some guests to be annoyed, but so what! 

Post # 10
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

We put info in the wedding programs about it being unplugged and we also had a framed sigh on a table at the beginning of the pews. No announcement was made and not a single person had a phone or a camera present 🙂 Sometimes I feel an announcement seems too pushy-but thats jsut me and it works for some people.

Post # 11
904 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We’ve already got some text on our website, there’s going to be a blurb in the program, and I’m going to ask our officiant if he is amenable to making a short & sweet announcement before the procession starts.  Here’s the text from the website, cobbled together from a bunch of sources:

We are honored to have you all as witnesses to our vows and the beginning of our marriage. We’ve hired an amazing professional photographer who will be capturing the way the wedding looks – and we invite each of you to sit back, relax, and just enjoy how the wedding feels.  To that end, we respectfully request that you refrain from taking pictures during the ceremony and the “ceremonial parts” of the reception (the first dance and parent dances).  Of course we will be happy to share our wedding photos with you after the big day!

Post # 12
667 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I don’t think it’s inapropriate at all to have the officiant make a statement immediately before the ceremony begins. It IS inappropriate for guests to stand up, get out of their seats, and cover their faces with iPads but sadly many won’t think about this unless they are explicitly told. I will be including a blurb in our programs and will have the officiant say a tasteful blurb.

Post # 13
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

mallorinicole:  PS–this is a great article on why one should have an unplugged wedding. Although, I have to say, the pics of all the people with their phones out do kind of make me smile in how they encapsulate a certain era…


But this?: 

Helllll no. 

Here’s the link: http://offbeatbride.com/2011/06/unplugged-wedding

Post # 14
589 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)

mallorinicole:  We put a small note in the programs and our officiant said this before the parents/grandparents were seated:

Please silence any cell phones or other electronics. If you would also put away your cameras, Name and Name have respectfully asked that both cameras and cell phones be left off throughout the ceremony.

Post # 15
733 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

mallorinicole: I found a program online I liked and showed my husband. He turrned it into an informative funny program that guests could read prior to the wedding which had a blurb in there. I believe our officiant said something at the beginning and I am pretty sure I had a convo with some family/friends who I knew who would take photos to please be respectful as we spent an arm and leg on a photographer and luckily everyone listened! (We were concerned with my husbands grandmother as she still uses disposable cameras with the flash!) 

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