(Closed) (semi) unplugged wedding

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 31
14142 posts
Honey Beekeeper



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.”

Post # 32
688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I agree with others saying “be fully present” is a little pushy. How does anyone know how fully present someone can be with or without a phone. For all you know everyone there is daydreaming in their heads about other things. 


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