I have a mixed set of emotions on why I am writing this particular blog post. One part of me wants to educate guests and couples, and the other part of me is scratching my head saying, “REALLY? Isn’t this OBVIOUS?”
But sadly, this is a reality and it’s getting out of hand. I assisted a wedding two weekends ago and the amount of devices I had to dodge to get key ceremony shots was just heartbreaking. People were not only leaning out in the aisle, but STANDING UP in their seats to get their own cell phone shot. Since when did capturing a moment with your freaking cell phone become more important than enjoying that moment unfolding right in front of you? So crazy sad.
As a couple who is putting so much time, energy, emotion, and money into your wedding day, I cannot recommend doing an unplugged ceremony enough. Will everyone abide by it? Not usually, but people are more apt to be conscious of it if there’s a sign right when you’re walking in asking them not to. Plus, that person will REALLY look bad if and when they do take their device out. Side note: if you choose to have an unplugged ceremony and I see someone with their divide out, I will very politely ask them to please put it away. I will always be my couples’ biggest advocate in executing their wants and dreams on their wedding day. End of story.
This may not be a popular opinion, but preserving these memories for my couples is SO important to me. I have had many brides feel so frustrated by their guests after the wedding and wishing they would have put more of an effort into communicating this to their guests.
Brides, it’s not rude to ask your guests to stay off their phones for your wedding ceremony. And I will forever advocate for you to have the wedding you’ve always dreamed of! <3