How To Have An Unplugged Wedding Ceremony With Joy

"We are gathered here today to celebrate the union of...." [Insert Uncle Bob in the middle of the aisle.] We all have an Uncle Bob, or at the very least been privy to his antics at the wedding ceremony of a friend. He's at best nuisance, and at worst, he gets in the way of those special moments you paid your photographer to capture. Many couples decide they want guests to "unplug" for the wedding ceremony. Here's how Joy can help.

There are plenty of reasons to have an unplugged wedding ceremony—from keeping Uncle Bob in his seat with his iPad tucked away in its case (photographer, Corey Ann, of Corey Ann Photography has entire post dedicated to this one), or simply because you’d like to keep things über private.

Unplugged from SLF Weddings on Vimeo.

If you search Pinterest or Etsy for “unplugged ceremony,” you’ll find hundreds of gorgeous signs—including $5 print outs and hand-lettered chalkboards—asking guests to kindly turn off cameras and phones so they can be fully present for the wedding ceremony.

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Using Joy For An Unplugged Wedding Ceremony

We love these custom signs, and we think they’re important for creating the perfect atmosphere for your wedding ceremony. But the good news is you can also use Joy to ensure that your friends and family aren’t distracted by their cell phones and cameras (nor will they interfere with the hard-working photographer that you likely paid generously for their time and talent).

From any event in your Schedule, you can check the box that says, “Ask guests to unplug devices for this event.” When you do this, Joy will send a reminder 15 minutes prior to the start of the event, asking them to silence their phones and set them aside until the ceremony is over. Not only that, we won’t push any notifications during the time of the event. (All that’s left if for Uncle Bob to comply!)

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Are you having an unplugged wedding ceremony? How are you kindly encouraging your guests to put their phones down while you head to the altar?

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Cali Pitchel

Cali Pitchel is Joy’s Director of Marketing. She lives in San Francisco with her soon-to-be-husband and three houseplants. She was born in Boston, raised in Arizona, is a voracious reader, a lover of the great outdoors, and a photography junkie.

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    Izzy

    August 17, 2017

    Does this work for guests that do not download the app? If so do they receive a text message or email?

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      Cali Pitchel

      August 20, 2017

      Hi! Only the guests who have downloaded the app will get a notification.

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