An interesting topic that has come up more than once is a couple asking how to politely ask guests to not use their cellphones during the ceremony in a way that actually makes them not use their cellphones during the ceremony.
You just paid a few thousand (and some upwards of $5,000 or more) on your wedding photographer, while someone else just ruined the shot by sticking their iPad out in the aisle. Or, you also just paid another considerable sum of money on your venue, chairs, and decor, not to mention you’re in the middle of getting married right now, and someone forgot to put their phone on complete silence (or just turn it off). Now their ringtone is blaring loudly causing a distraction during what should be a moment about YOU.
Here are some suggestions for you to kindly ask them to PUT. THE. PHONE. AWAY.
- Make your expectations clear with those closest to you so they can politely remind others when appropriate.
- Put a note on your wedding programs asking for guests to kindly refrain from using their phones during the ceremony and to double check they are on silent and turned off.
- Put a note on your wedding programs asking for guests to kindly refrain from using their phones during the ceremony and to double check they are on silent or turned off.
- Ask your officiant to make an announcement before the ceremony begins.
- Ask your DJ or band to make an announcement before important moments.
- Completely freak on the first person who whips out their phone to set the tone for everyone else (kidding, you probably shouldn’t do that.. but it’s your wedding!)
And importantly, know that you cannot control everything, even when you should be able to, so go into the day with a positive attitude because that’s best you can do! Enjoy every minute of your wedding, even if your well-meaning aunt or cousin does exactly what you asked them to not do 🙂
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