A Growing Wedding Trend: Ditch the Phones

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There is so much work that goes into planning your wedding, not to mention the expense of it. But this is your big day and you want it to be perfect because you will be looking at those pictures for years. While all weddings have their hiccups, there are actually quite a few that you can prevent, if you think ahead. One that is popping up more and more on the wedding scene, is guests being stuck to their phones throughout the ceremony and reception.

Here are a few reasons why you should put the phone down during a wedding, and how to get your guests to do the same.

Let the photographer do their job

While amateur photos are great for certain occasions, they may not be for all. A professional wedding photographer is expensive because they have a very specific skill set, and that is capturing your wedding in all of its glory and beauty. When you have people snapping selfies and taking candid pictures that may not be very becoming, and then posting them all over social media, you might find your wedding is not shed in the light you were hoping for.

A great way to combat this is to ask that everyone take those candid pictures with disposable cameras that you provide, and then return them at the end of the night. This way, you can go through all of the pictures yourself, and remove the ones that don’t make the cut.

Bring the focus back on the wedding

It can be frustrating when you bring together so many family members and friends, only to watch them all engage with their devices rather than with each other. Plus, it’s your big day! These distractions can make dinner, the reception, and even the ceremony a little less fun because everyone is so distant.

There are a few ways to ask people to leave their phones in the car, or turn them on silent and keep them out of sight. First, you could have the ushers give everyone a friendly reminder when they are being seated, and even have a labeling system for phones and compile them in a “phone check” that is monitored by an attendant throughout the day.

You could also make ‘being unplugged’ part of your wedding theme. Announce it on the save the dates, the wedding invitations, and bring it up when you are with people who will be attending the wedding. Let people know that you are going off the grid when it comes to your big day.

Remind people what “being social” is really about

If people try to find reasons why they need to have their phone on at your wedding, remind them what it really means to be social. At your wedding they are meeting new people, face to face, as well as seeing family and friends that they usually only keep up with on social media. Everything they need is right in front of them, and if they can’t unplug for a few hours for someone they love, then it’s time to reevaluate their priorities. Weddings deserve to be respected for the personal settings they provide, and turning off your device shows that you care about the union taking place.

Post image via Flickr by Photo jenick 

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