(Closed) “turn off cell phone” on programs – tacky?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We just had the officiant announce it at the start. It seemed to work best that way.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Honestly, I think everyone knows to shut their cell phones off when walking into a church.  I don’t think it’s necessary to put a reminder in the program. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Well, since people can’t be bothered to turn off their phones on their own in places like movie theaters, classes and such, I think it can’t hurt to put a reminder in the programs.  I wish I could use the argument that “we’re all adults and can figure this out” but in reality, there are too many who either forget or are too lazy.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would just have the ushers remind people as guest enter/are seated and then count on word-of-mouth reminders.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I mean, everyone KNOWS to turn off their phones but don’t do it necessarily. I will never understand why. Anyway, if you’re really worried, maybe have an announcement in the program and ask the minister to take a moment to ask all guests to turn off their phones and pause for them to do so.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think it’s common sense to silence your phone during a wedding. Perhaps they overlook it when attending a regular church service but people tend to be a bit more courteous when it comes to something as important as a wedding. Personally, I wouldn’t clutter up my program with that. If you’re worried it will be an issue, I’d just have the officient make an announcement before the ceremony begins. 

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper

We put in a small note about no cell phones or flash photography during the wedding (church’s policies).

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I assumed everyone had the common sense to silence their phones for a wedding…..everyone except my own dad!! It went off during the ceremony. It wasn’t too loud, but it was loud enough that me and my Darling Husband could hear it. It makes for a great memory though. We both laughed when it happened because that is so something that my dad would do!

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think if you word it politely, as a “reminder of the church rules” and “thanks,” then nobody will mind.  I wouldn’t, in fact, I’d be glad just in case I’d forgotten to turn it off.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

We had an “unplugged” wedding ceremony, meaning we asked guests to turn off their cell phones and cameras for it’s duration. This was VERY important to my Darling Husband. We had a sign at the entrance to our ceremony and a note in the program about it. No one used a camera or a cell phone for the ceremony and I don’t think anyone was offended. If they were well… I think they offend too easily. We had the professional photos for the ceremony available for download on our website after the wedding.

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@kelly105:  Yeah, we’ll have to agree to disagree!  I’ve gone to mass every Sunday since I was a toddler and can’t remember a phone going off in recent memory, even in a regular mass!  But if it’s a concern to you, maybe place a sign by the entrance or ask someone to make a quick announcement before the ceremony starts!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@DeathByDesign:  Wow, you meant business!  I like it!!  =o)  

Ultimately, if you don’t make the rules clear, then you can’t be upset when someone breaks the rules.  One thing I’ve noticed in classes is that the people who get upset over being reminded to turn off their phones are the same people that want them left on, have some reason why they think they need to be an exception, and leave it turned on at the highest level.  

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper

@MadameTussaud:  I agree.

I don’t think it’s tacky at all. Clapping isn’t allowed in Orthodox Christian Churches, and we wanted to be sure no one clapped during our kiss, so we made sure to put something in our programs as well as have the pastor announce it before the ceremony started. I think mentioning the cell phones in the same manner is totally appropriate.

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