- 7 years ago
Emily Post Institute recommends announcing that there will be no photos on the wedding website, programs, if any, and having the officiant remind people again just before the ceremony. They draw the line at barring cameras at the reception.
Miss Manners, while she regrets it has come to this, does not object to the idea of asking guests to check in their cell phones pre-ceremony, the way you do with coats! My guess is that she finds that more dignified than a public announcement, but I can only imagine how well that would go over with some people.
Personally, I would not go so far as to confiscate or request phones and I find the “be fully present” wording too new age-y and patronizing. I’d probably just have the officiant briefly remind people to “please put away and turn off all cell phones, cameras, and recording devices at this time.”