Ask the Expert: How Do We Ask Our Guests to Put Their Phones Away During the Ceremony?



Q: We’re fine with people sharing and posting photos during the reception, but we’d prefer they don’t have their phones out during the ceremony. How do we go about conveying that?

A: “An unplugged ceremony is a great way to keep the most important moments of your wedding day a bit more intimate and private,” says wedding planner Shannon Wellington of Chadds Ford’s Bottle Pop Party Company. She suggests subtly communicating this point to your guests by placing a pretty welcome sign at the door that reads, “We invite you to be fully present with us during our wedding ceremony. Please tuck away your phones until after we are wed.” Adding a similar line to your program, she says, gives you another chance to voice your request.

This article originally appeared in the fall/winter 2015 issue of Philadelphia Wedding

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