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Devoted November 2019

Unplugged Ceremony

Zoe, on July 10, 2019 at 12:47 PM Posted in Wedding Ceremony 2 31
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Who's doing an unplugged ceremony? Are you having a sign and/or having the officiant mention it?

I have a note on our FAQ questions page and am debating buying a sign as well. In my mind it would be a little awkward for the officiant to be standing at the front of the ceremony and scold everyone lol but I've never been to an unplugged ceremony and experienced it first hand.

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Latest activity by Rebecca, on July 11, 2019 at 3:46 PM
  • DuttonSandersWedding
    Expert September 2019
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    My sister will be our officiant and in the bridal party. So before we walk down my sister will enter the ceremony space and address everyone. Shell say "Welcome family and friends! Good evening everyone, please be seated. We will be beginning in just a moment. Michaela and Shannon invite you to be truly present at this special time. Please turn off you cell phones, tablets and put down your cameras. The photographer will capture how this moment looks and I encourage you to capture how it feels in your hearts, without the distraction of technology. Thank you." Then exit the space and take her place in the processional line.
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  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
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    Having the officiant announce it is the best way. Most people aren’t going to pay attention to a sign.
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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
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    There’s nothing wrong with having the officiant announce it. It’s not like they’re going to say “put your devices away.” Something like “in order to be fully present for this special moment, the bride(s) and/or groom(s) request that you please turn off phones and other devices until after the ceremony.”
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  • Lauren
    VIP September 2019
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    I may steal your wording. That is the nicest way I have heard of so far!

    I am going to have a sign next to the guest book, the ushers will mention it as they seat everyone and I want the officiant to make an announcement. My biggest pet peeve is "Aunt Sally" with her iPad in the aisle blocking the photographer as the procession starts!Smiley angry

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  • Z
    Devoted November 2019
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    Thank you for including the verbiage! that's a lot less abrasive than I was picturing.
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  • Z
    Devoted November 2019
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    Yes and I ask because I was just looking at the cost of signs online and it seemed a little ridiculous for something that's going to showcased for about 15 minutes and not even read by most people lol.

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  • Z
    Devoted November 2019
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    AGREED I'm having nightmares about the weddings I've attended where people are bold enough to step into the aisle for photo ops.

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  • Z
    Devoted November 2019
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    I like this wording, thank you!

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  • DuttonSandersWedding
    Expert September 2019
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    Please do, haha! I wrote my entire ceremony for the most part so please plagiarize away. It makes me feel good that people like it
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  • Lauren
    VIP September 2019
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    I've been a guest at a wedding where someone in combat boots trudged (not walked, or tiptoed) across the white aisle runner and rose petal edges to say hi to another guest. I almost leaped out of my chair. My mom had to hold me down. I will be having tulle boughs across the pews to hopefully stop people.

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  • Z
    Devoted November 2019
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    LOLLL that is such vivid imagery it gave me anxiety

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  • Z
    Devoted November 2019
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    Wait dumb question - is she going to say this before or after the rest of the bridal party and you and walk down the aisle?

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  • Danielle
    Master June 2019
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    We had a sign at our unplugged ceremony. Guests still took photos, lol.

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  • Z
    Devoted November 2019
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    Oy. Did your officiant say something as well?

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  • VIP September 2019
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    We are having our officiant make an announcement before the ceremony starts
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  • Danielle
    Master June 2019
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    No, we weren't that hard pressed on the issue. From what I could tell so far, people weren't being obnoxious with their cameras, so all is well.

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  • Cher Horowitz
    Master December 2019
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    I agree with PPs. Having the officiant announce it's an unplugged ceremony is likely your best bet! I'm planning to have my officiant make an announcement too Smiley smile

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  • Z
    Devoted November 2019
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    Are you planning for the announcement before or after the processional?

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  • Lauren
    VIP February 2020
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    I bought this sign, but we'll probably also have our officiants say something.

    Unplugged Ceremony SignUnplugged Ceremony 1


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  • Michelle
    Super August 2019
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    We bought a sign but we're also having our officiant mention it just before the ceremony starts.
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