Unplugged Wedding ideas

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
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Blushing bee

I’ve been to weddings where at the start of the ceremony the officiant asks everyone to kindly put away their cellphones and electronic devices. Not sure if that counts as unplugged.

Everyone did so respectfully and didn’t seem to have a problem with it.

 

(Btw, I think it’s a great idea 🙂

 

Post # 3
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Blushing bee

People seem to find a quick announcement at the beginning of the ceremony to be plenty– a sign or note somewhere might be ignored, but it’s kind of difficult to not listen to the officiant right before the ceremony starts.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

meliboo :  We considered having a sign on display at the ceremony but I think a courteous request from the officiant will suffice. I wouldn’t go so far as to include this on any programs, invites or our website since it seems like a bit much but thats an option if you feel its necessary. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

meliboo :  Ah, I get it. In that case a small mention on the website under the ceremony time and location might not be too bad. But honestly anyone rude enough not to know better might disregard it anyway. Most people like to believe everyone knows better and no one would be disruptive with their devices but thats some BS. My cousins wedding was so bad there were people literally sticking their arms out into the aisle while the bride was walking with her father to take photos. 😡 Horrible. This is the world we live in where some cant even take a walk without a phone or tablet in their hands. 

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper

meliboo :  we didn’t put up any signs and we didn’t include it in the program. We just had the officiant announce it before the ceremony and people respected that. If his family is a bit oblivious I would mention it to the offenders ahead of time. My Mother-In-Law is always hiding behind a camera and I talked to her about it well before the wedding say so there weren’t any surprises for her. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

meliboo :  i’ve seen signs and notes in programs, and i’ve seen cell phones out anyway. when it’s written somewhere people tend to either not see it, or blatantly ignore it (and feign ignorance). if you really want no phones, have your officiant (in this case, the lecteur) make announcement before the start of the mass, as no one can pretend they didn’t get the message.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2017

meliboo :  I haven’t yet, but I absolutely will! My photographer even gives a discount for the unplugged ceremonies. (I’d have done it anyway, discount or not). 

I see sooooo many gorgeous photos ruined by dozens of iPhones and arm in the way – I think it looks awful and ruins the experience. Additionally, otherwise sane people will just stand up in the middle of the aisle to “get a good shot.” Uh, thanks Mr. Second Cousin of the Groom who no one has seen in 3 years – it was vital that YOU get a “good shot” with your iPhone3 by stepping in front of my $10K photographer! 

I plan on avoiding all of that by having an announcement made at the start of the ceremony. Something like “the couple have asked that guests are fully present with them in this intimate and special moment, by experiencing the entire ceremony free of personal electronic devices and cell phones. Professional photos of their wedding ceremony will be provided to guests in due course.” 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

Wow. I didn’t even think about this, but you do bring up a good point about having phones and other cameras interfering with our Photog during the ceremony. o_o Now I’m thinking that’s a good idea lol. Thanks!

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