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

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 17
444 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

One thing you could do is try and tie it into your theme, like with mine since its Victorian style I’m going to have notes on the invite and the program “Thank you for preserving the timeline and not engaging in the use of futuristic technology such as cellphones or cameras during the ceremony” hehe

Post # 18
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I dont think it’s appropriate for the program but I see no reason why guests shouldnt be reminded by ushers as they enter the church and are seated.

Post # 19
2353 posts
Buzzing bee

Every single day that I don’t remind my students to turn their phones off, a phone rings during class. 

All theatre programs have the note – just a line at the bottom of a page – because people mean to turn off their phones, but they forget. 

Post # 20
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I’ve heard cell phones going off during church before (Good Friday service, of all days!!)

I asked our minister if he ever had phones go off at weddings, and he said- “weddings, funerals, church services…” so he will be making a request on our behalf at the beginning of the ceremony. 

Post # 21
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think people are usually considerate during weddings. I went to 3 weddings last year and no cell phones went off that I could hear.

But on a regular sunday in church some times it is rediculous…

Post # 22
10635 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I think the verbal reminder is better than in the programs.  Also, it can be stated then if photos are welcomed or not.

Post # 23
878 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I second having the officiant & ushers do it.

Post # 24
3120 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

For me, it takes the magic out of the ceremony when the officiant mentions it.  I wouldn’t put it in the programs either.  Not that it’s tacky, but sort of along the same lines that it takes away when I get to that.  I was in a fancy restaurant last weekend and saw it at the bottom and it almost cheapened the place for me.  I would say have the ushers say it as they are seating guests. 

**My opinion!**

Post # 25
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

As it was mentioned, having the officiant/ ushers “remind” the guests to turn off phones seems ok


Post # 26
7899 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I think it’s fine, but I’d find a more classy way to state it. Many people put something on their program about an electronics-free ceremony, so that there are no phones, cameras, etc. and often ahve the officiant make an announcement as well.

Post # 27
1179 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I agree with all PP. Our officiant announced it at the beginning.

The chapel also had pretty signs that said “Please silence your cellphones”. You may just want to ask if you can hang a sign on the door!

Post # 28
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Ooo…you could make a cute little sign at the entrance to the ceremony…it could be creative and fun, and remind people to TURN OFF YOUR STINKIN PHONE, but, ya know, say it nicely.

Post # 29
1130 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I prefer when the officiant announces it at the beginning, but I don’t think it’s “tacky” to put it in the program, small one line at the botton, if that’s what you want.

Post # 30
9815 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I’d probably just put a sign outside the door or something if I was worried.


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