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Are You Having An Unplugged Wedding Ceremony?

Maren, on July 1, 2018 at 1:40 PM Posted in Wedding Ceremony 0 47
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With ringtones and guest paparazzi, the idea of an “unplugged wedding ceremony" is on the rise.

Have you considered asking guests to put their phones away during your ceremony? Who is having an unplugged wedding? Smiley ring


Are You Having An Unplugged Wedding Ceremony? 1

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Latest activity by Tiara, on July 10, 2018 at 10:36 AM
  • Kristen
    VIP June 2020
    Kristen ·
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    I’ve only just recently seen this, I may do it but I’ve never been to a wedding where people had their phones out during the ceremony
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  • Sarah
    Master June 2016
    Sarah ·
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    We didn’t do this, and less than a handful of our 130 guests had their phones out during the ceremony and no one got in the way of our photographer.

    No one in our social circle has had to do this either and none of them had any issues.
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  • FME
    Master March 2018
    FME ·
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    We did it. Our ceremony pictures came out beautiful and it’s so nice to look at the photos and see everyone looking at us not at their phones
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  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
    Kelly ·
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    We are having our officiant make an announcement. We were at a wedding last month where they didn’t and almost every single guest was in the aisle with their phones out as the bride was walking down the aisle.
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  • C
    Devoted November 2023
    Crystal ·
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    No because I don't see it as a huge deal. I also really don't care if someone is on their phone.
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  • L
    Expert October 2018
    Linda ·
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    With teenage boys coming to the ceremony. Yeah we are totally doing this.
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  • Mrs. Jones
    Expert May 2018
    Mrs. Jones ·
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    I didnt have an unplugged ceremony and everything turned out fine. But you know your guests and if you think certain people will you can make an announcement to remind everyone to silence their phones and avoid getting in the aisle

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  • Angelica
    Devoted June 2019
    Angelica ·
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    A lot of people in my family are camera happy so I'm going to have an unplugged ceremony so my photographer has a chance of getting decent pics. As an insurance measure I'm going to provide a space for people to 'check' them in as well as having a sign and announcement.
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  • A
    Just Said Yes June 2019
    Ashley ·
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    My fiancé and I have decided to not have an “unplugged” ceremony, but will be asking our officiant to make the announcement to not post any pictures on social media until we are actually Mr. and Mrs.
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  • Deryn
    Expert October 2018
    Deryn ·
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    We are. Guests come to the ceremony to celebrate this special moment with you, they can be off their phones for the duration of the ceremony. It’ll also bother me if I see cell phones in my ceremony photos. Our priest will make an announcement before the ceremony
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  • Anvenette
    Super August 2018
    Anvenette ·
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    We are having sign and officiant announce before ceremony starts. last wedding I went to the groom didnt even get to see the bride walk down cuz everyone was in his way. I was mad for them
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  • Adrianna
    Expert June 2018
    Adrianna ·
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    We had a private ceremony, (14ish people) and we had our Pastor ask that our photographer handle our pictures. We paid a LOT of money for our pictures and we didn't want everyone trying to take pictures and be in the photographer's way. We also wanted our close friends and family to be truly in the moment instead of worrying about their devices. Our pictures turned out beautiful, and no one is holding up their phone in any of them.

    However, if we didn't have the money for professional photos, I think allowing guests to take pictures is a great idea.
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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Legend March 2017
    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
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    We did! Told people we wanted pics of them enjoying our wedding so no paparazzi during ceremony or cocktail hour; after that they could snap away!

    We forgot to tell one person and during our welcome speech she stood up in front of everyone with her iPad in front of us, ruining almost all of those pics. Ugh. None of her pics turned out anyway.
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  • P
    Just Said Yes October 2018
    Paige ·
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    I’m doing an unplugged ceremony and just went to a friends wedding who had an unplugged. I think it is so much better to have everyone paying attention to the moment, not being in the way of the photographer/videographer and the photos/video will look so much better to see family and friends faces and not phones in the end.
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  • Kimberly
    Expert May 2018
    Kimberly ·
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    I tried to have an unplugged ceremony but I still saw phones and iPads!!! Ugh.
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  • Kristina
    Dedicated October 2018
    Kristina ·
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    We're not. I don't think it's a big deal. My photographer is a professional for a reason, and he's totally capable of not being ruined by guests.
    If a few shots have guests on their phones, I'm not worried. It's not going to ruin the wedding....
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  • Lisa F
    Beginner October 2018
    Lisa F ·
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    Definitely!!! I’ve seen too many of my friend’s wedding pics that resemble concerts -where the guests are all holding there phones up & attending to them vs the reason they’re there. #Unpluggedisthewaytogo!
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  • Cynthia's and Robert  Wedding Day
    VIP September 2020
    Cynthia's and Robert Wedding Day ·
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    I am not going say fully unplugged but must be on silent. I went to a beautiful wedding in May. During the exchanging of the vows someone phone kept going off. The exchanging of the vows is the most important and sacared part of the wedding.
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  • N
    Expert October 2018
    Nicole ·
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    Definitely planning for an unplugged ceremony. I would like our photographer to have a clear view throughout the entire ceremony.
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  • FutureMrsKC
    Master January 2019
    FutureMrsKC ·
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    This is a know your crowd thing. I don’t think we will do anything about it, but if I go to a wedding between now and January and see a lot of people with theirs out I might change my mind last minute.
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