(Closed) When did your officiant ask people to silence cell phones?

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: When does the officiant announce to silence phones
    immediately after he walks in : (18 votes)
    90 %
    after the BMs, before the bride : (0 votes)
    At the beginning of the ceremony, once I'm down the aisle : (2 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    46413 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @StL.Ashley:  Ours spoke to the guests before anyone came into the room.

    Post # 4
    8695 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’ve never heard this announcement at any wedding ceremony I’ve been to and our officiant didn’t do it at ours. I would think (or HOPE) adults know to silence their phones at a ceremony, Church, movies, etc. Those that don’t probably wouldn’t with or without an announcement. 

    Post # 5
    2731 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Yeah, I’ve never heard of this announcement being given either. I’d hope that people would do it automatically. I know I do when I’m in situations where it would be highly inappropriate for my phone to go off, like weddings, the movies, plays, concerts, etc. 

    BUT, if you really want to do this, I’d say do it before anyone in the wedding party comes out.

    Post # 6
    1276 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Are you having a program? If so, can you write it there or have ushers remind guests when they are seating them? I think an announcement ruins the beauty of a wedding. 

    Post # 7
    13014 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’ve never heard this kind of announcement, and our officiant never made one.  We trusted our adult guests to act as adults and shut their phones off – and not one beep, buzz, or ring was heard.  My venue was a giant marble rotunda that echoed very, very easily, so I would have known if there was someone’s phone on.

    If you’re going to do this, I would have the officiant make the announcement as soon as he gets in.  If you do it after the bridal party comes in, it’s totally going to ruin the moment, and if it’s made right before your entrance, it ruins your entrance, as well.

    Post # 9
    1118 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Huh I never even thoughto f that. Our venue was out of cell range so it really didn’ tmatter. I have heard officiants say it at the very beginning, befre anyone else comes in though.

    Post # 10
    1098 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    Ours did it before anybody came down the aisle.

    Post # 11
    9917 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We didn’t have an announcement and it wasn’t a problem.  Like Gelaine said, they’re adults…they should know to turn off the sound on their phones. 

    Post # 13
    245 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I plan to ask our officiants to make the announcement immediately as she takes her position. I don’t understand why some of the Bees here would skip such a quick and easy announcement which will save a lot of embarassment and ruffled feathers.

    Post # 14
    1635 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    An unplugged isn’t just about silencing phones it’s about putting away cameras and phones with cameras so guests can focus on the ceremony instead of turning into paparazzi.

    I haven’t had an officiant do this at a wedding I attended, but inwould welcome it before the processional begins. “Ladies and gents the ceremony will be under way in a few short minutes. At the request of the bride and groom, at this time please put away your phones and cameras.”

    I would also make sure a blurb about your unplugged wedding is in the program or on a table sign with the guest book, so the officiant’s short speech is just reinforcement/ reminder of a stated request.

    Post # 15
    212 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    @StL.Ashley:  I’ve never heard that announcement or planned on having one made. Thought it went without saying I guess…

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