We live in a time where most people are addicted to their phones. While these little devices are a part of our daily lives, there is a time and a place for them -- and a wedding may be one of the places where your cell phone is not welcome. During your wedding you want your guests to be fully immersed in your special day rather than being overly distracted by their electronic device.
Unfortunately, many professional wedding ceremony pictures can be ruined by camera phone flashes and guests jumping into the frame to get their own shot. In addition to these issues, unexpected calls can lead to loud, distracting ring tones and sometimes you can even find children playing noisy video games during the ceremony.
So, how do you tell guests to power off their devices -- at least for the duration of your ceremony? One way to tackle this problem is to include an enclosure in your invitation to make your guests aware of your wishes. It is also common to have the officiant or best man make an announcement ahead of the ceremony reminding everyone to turn their devices off.
While it is entirely reasonable to request that your guests do not use their devices during the ceremony, you should not restrict them from using them during the reception. During the reception, people will want to take pictures with one another and perhaps make important phone calls. Of course, your guests should not be documenting a play-by-play of every second they spend on the dance floor -- you want them to strike a good balance between capturing memories and actually being present in the moment.