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It's no secret that we're all obsessed with our cell phones. The slightest sound of anything resembling a ringtone can send just about all of us into a frenzy, reaching for our pockets and purses to check if we're the ones who might have just received some vital news. The same goes for social media. These days, there's not a moment too small that has us excitedly posting to SnapChat or Instagram. This is particularly true for big life events, like weddings. 

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But where are we supposed to draw the line? Clearly our friends and loved ones need our help in capturing every moment of their big day, don't they? One Australian wedding photographer strongly disagrees. 

Thomas Stewart, a wedding photographer based in New South Wales,  took to Facebook to declare his disapproval for smartphone-happy wedding guests

"Right, I've had enough. I want to talk to you all about guests using mobile phones / cameras at weddings," he wrote. "Look at this photo. This groom had to lean out past the aisle just to see his bride approaching. Why? Because guests with their phones were in the aisle and in his way."

And it seems that Stewart isn't alone. In an effort to keep their special day intimate, more couples are asking their guests unplug during their wedding ceremonies. 

"I personally think that having an unplugged wedding is the way to go," says Celia Sanchez of Celia D. Luna Photography in Miami. "It's likely that the guest taking the picture with their iPhone is going to get a blurry photo and will also be in the way of the professional photographer and ruin his/her shot too ... You also run the risk of having someone's phone ring during the ceremony. I've seen it happen so many times. It's embarrassing."

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Chalkboard signs like this one are just one of the many creative ways that couples are asking wedding guests to ditch their cell phones.

"It's a matter of respect," Jackelyn Pericich, a bride-to-be in Miami says. "I don't know if I will be as strict to put up signs, but I am hoping my guests will practice discretion. She adds, "I've been a guest before and know how exciting it is to capture that perfect moment. But at the same time, the last thing I want to remember from the moment I am taking my vows is hearing iPhone shutters go off." 

Do you think wedding guests should unplug during the ceremony?

  • 0% Yes, taking cell phone pics during a wedding is super tacky.
  • 0% No, people take weddings too seriously. Guests are just excited.