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4 Ways to Get Your Wedding Guests to Put Away Their Cell Phones, Tablets and Cameras
June 3, 2014
I have had several people ask me how they handle telling their family and friends at their wedding to put away their devices during the special moments of their wedding. Here are just a few ideas. Of course the bride or groom could just rip them right out of their guests hands and stomp on them, but I feel they should give one of these, if not all of them a try first.
Put a note in your wedding program or have a sign placed as people enter the venue of the ceremony site.
"We ask you to kindly turn off your ringers during the wedding ceremony and refrain from taking photos. We have professional photographers on hand to capture all the special moments and are excited to share their photos with you."
Ask your officiant to make an announcement.
"The bride and groom have asked me to ask you to put your phones and cameras away. Sit back and enjoy the ceremony!"
The flashes from the cell phone cameras, tablets and cameras—AND the people jumping in front of your photographer—can ruin your pro pics. Do-overs take up the bride and grooms time when they should be enjoying their wedding.
Ask your DJ or band leader to make an announcement.
I think you can ask him (or her) to be a little bit humorous with this. "Ladies and gentlemen, please put down your cell phones and join the bride and groom for their first dance. Let's leave the picture-taking to the professionals! Also,” Facebook” will still be there when you get back!"
Put a sign on the reception tables.
These can also be a little bit funny while getting your point across. "We encourage you to share your selfies with #tammyandgregwedding. (We are not responsible for any alcohol-induced duck faces, however.) Please refrain from posting photos of the bride and groom on social media."
Do you care about people using their devices at your wedding? Do you think wedding guests have gotten out of hand with their devices?
I really do. And I feel like when guests are constantly uploading pics or tweeting, they're missing out on the wedding itself. And that sucks, since the bride and groom put SO much effort into it.