Newest Wedding Ceremony Trend . . . . .
When you are walking down the aisle, you’d like to think your friends and family would be basking in that moment of seeing you, or perhaps shedding a tear, and making a memory.
Unfortunately, when left to their own devices, a large percentage of guests will hang their phone, tablet, or camera right out in the aisle.
One wedding pro has recently shared that it’s common for 25–50% of the people in the aisle seats to have a device out as the bride arrives. And apparently, it’s not the Millennials who are the biggest problem – it’s more likely to be the parents and grandparents of the couple! So here are 3 tips to incorporate into your wedding so you can have an unplugged ceremony!
How to Have an “Unplugged” Ceremony
A recent blog post by a Brisbane wedding videographer suggested 3 ways to create an unplugged ceremony.
1. Have the officiant make an announcement before the ceremony.
It’s arguably now best practice for the officiant to ask the couple what their preference will be for use of phones during their ceremony. Then have him/her make an announcement expressing your wishes. For example:
“[Name] and [Name] have requested that you put your cameras, phones and iPads away until the completion of this ceremony. We have professional photographers [and videographers] here and our couple will happily share those images with you all.”
2. Print a sentence or two in the ceremony booklet.
Wedding planners and stationery designers should give you the option to include something in the bulletin/program/booklet like this:
Welcome to our “unplugged” wedding. We kindly ask you to put your phones and cameras away until the completion of the ceremony.
3. Post a sign at the entrance to the ceremony.
Do a search for “unplugged weddings” on Pinterest and you‘ll see a ton of creative ideas. Chalkboards, wooden signs, beautiful posters…sometimes decorated with exquisite florals.
Your planner, florist, designer or even your officiant could have an on-trend sign produced for you, as well.
Many couples will readily agree to the concept. However, some prefer to let the guests take photos, and will actively encourage the use of a hashtag for sharing content throughout the day. It’s your day – and if this is your preference then, we as your providers, will support that choice.
Base article from Book More Brides