Wedding ceremonies have been happening for a long time. Modern technology has changed the way they are planned, how much they cost, and what people wear. But one thing never changes: people want photos and video footage of the ceremony so they can look back on it in the future. We have come up with tips on whether or not you should allow phones at your wedding ceremony, and why we believe keeping them off is best. So will yours be plugged or unplugged?

You pay a pretty penny for a professional photographer, so do you want your friends and family members to take pictures with their cell phone? You might think it would be easy for them to record the event. But there is often a lot of movement. People are standing up, sitting down, and more importantly they could get in the way of your professional from getting the perfect photo.

The best way to show your friends photos from your event is to have a professional photographer. They will take pictures that you can share with family and friends.


Enjoy the moment!

You want people to enjoy the moment without worrying about their phones. Consider turning off cell service during your ceremony to ensure people can focus on what’s happening around them without looking through a lens.  The last thing you want is a sea of people looking at their phones while you are exchanging vows.  Their attention should be on the ceremony, not digital screens. 

It’s a guest’s duty to honor your request and enjoy what is being said or happening without having to worry about capturing every moment with technology in hand. Many will appreciate this gesture from you as it’ll free them up to take in the moment.

Give a thought to the poor Photographer!

You will no doubt have spent a pretty penny on your photographer. It’s important to give them the gift of a clear line of sight and a good angle to take pictures of you and your partner in front of the guests.  So do give a thought to the poor photographer, keeping phones off is more likely to keep the coast clear for them to get the best shots. The last thing you want to see is the back of someone’s head as you take that golden shot!


A Sea of Screens!

As you start to walk down the aisle the last thing  you want is to walk past a sea of screens!  You want your guests to be able to see you and the groom as you walk down the aisle!  You want your photographer  to be able to take the best possible shots of you both as you make your way towards each other!

This is why it’s a good idea for guests not to switch their phones on.  If they are switched off then there will be no screens flashing or beeping to distract from the proceedings! So will it be plugged or unplugged?

Your privacy is your choice!

It is important to remember that the wedding day is about you and your partner.  It’s about what you want and not what everyone else wants!

Having people keep their phones switched off does also ensure privacy, particularly if you are going to have your wedding photos or videos published.

If you’re having a video or photos being taken that will be published in a magazine, then you want to make sure that the pictures captured by the professionals are seen in the publication first!

Join in not zone out!

You want your guests to join one not zone out during your ceremony, so you don’t want them distracted by other things happening around them, or getting addicted to their phone’s screen!  The best way for everyone is if they can put away their phones before the service starts, then enjoy the day without distractions.

We all want to take photographs and there will be time afterwards for guests to switch their phones back on. The service is the most important part of your day, and you want it uninterrupted by a phone ringing or even buzzing in someone’s pocket!


It’s your day, do it your way!

It’s your wedding day and you want to make sure it’s perfect. So choose the way that suits you best.

You can go for a down-to-earth, laid back and informal wedding where anyone is welcome to take photos.  But, if your dream day calls for something more formal, then leave phones in cars or at home and ensure your guests are made aware well in advance of your wishes! So I will ask again, will it be plugged or unplugged?

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