Unplug Your Wedding

August 18, 2014 at 8:47 am Leave a comment

Phone-01-782013Your wedding day is special and nothing may be more irritating than a cell phone ringing loudly and interrupting the ceremony during your exchange of vows. Due to the popularity of cell phones and cameras, many couples are increasingly requesting guests to turn off phones and cameras during ceremonies. This trend is called ‘unplugging’, a chance to share the joy of silence and solemnity during your ceremony and occasionally extended into the reception. Read on to learn more about how to unplug your wedding.

Inform Guests Before the Wedding

Communicate to your wedding guests as early as possible that your wedding is ‘unplugged”. Place a note in your wedding invitations gently asking guests to refrain from the use of electronics during your ceremony. By starting early and asking guests to be “nice and turn off their device”, this will go a long way in helping to prevent unpleasant surprises during your ceremony.

Unplug Plan For Your Wedding Day

Spread the word about your unplugged wedding. By talking about it at every chance you get will help create enthusiasm for unplugging your wedding. Stay positive and enthusiastic, let your friends and family know that you want to turn around after exchanging vows and see their faces not their devices. Opportunities to share your unplug wedding plan includes wedding showers, casual get-togethers and bachelor or bachelorette parties.

During the Ceremony

Take a proactive approach to requesting guests to refrain from electronic device use during your ceremony. Place a small sign at the entrance of your venue kindly requesting guests to leave devices in their vehicles or to turn off and put out of sight. Include a note inside your wedding program announcing your request to unplug devices. Request your officiant to make an announcement before the ceremony to turn off all electronic devices and cameras. Have your ushers remind guests as they are escorted to seats. Ask one or two ushers to be in-charge of assisting with device patrol during the ceremony to gently remind wedding guests who forgot that electronic devices are not allowed during the ceremony.

Involve Guests

Unplugging your wedding guests leaves many hands free. Put that great energy to use and actively involve friends and family with your special day’s events. Provide your guests with candle-cups to hold or battery operated tea lights to grasp as they surround you and your beloved during your first dance to create a ring-of-fire. Provide your guests with small favor bags of birdseed or rose petals to toss as your depart your wedding reception.

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