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!

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Congratulations — you're involved in a wedding! Tying the knot shouldn't put knots in your stomach, so whether you're the blushing bride or hubby-to-be, an attendant or a guest, Wedding Guru Judy Lewis can answer all your need-to-know questions about your nuptials.

Judy Lewis is the founder of, the one-stop resource for services and products, promotions and specials, a Regional Bridal Show schedule, Wed Shop, and links to money-saving and wedding-related Web sites. In her spare time, Judy loves to compose poetry and create collages. She currently resides in Kingston with her husband and business partner, Jon.



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