Smartphones at a Wedding: Asking Your Guests to Leave Their Phones at the Door
Cell phones have no business in a church — especially during your ceremony. How does our bride ask her guests to relinquish their phones, while still respecting their property?
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The Wedding Guru says: I agree. A house of worship is not a place for smartphones: No one wants to hear a ringtone or see guests jump into the aisle to shoot an image. You can mitigate things by having someone announce that guests turn off their cell phones while in the church.
Unfortunately, some people are attached at the hip to their phones. If you’re concerned that a verbal request won’t work, you can have an usher ask guests to relinquish their phones at the door. Provide labeled envelopes filed in alphabetical order for easy retreivability after the ceremony.
Don’t be anxious about curtailing use of smartphones; it’s absolutely acceptable!