I’m a wedding planner – my simple trick picks everyone up off their phones during the ceremony

A wedding planner shares her simple trick to keeping people off their phones during the ceremony.

Claire, who is known on TikTok as @gritandgraceeventsco, shares tons of wedding planning tips and tricks on the platform.

Claire is a wedding planner based in Southern California


Claire is a wedding planner based in Southern CaliforniaCredit: TIKTOK/gritandgraceeventsco
She gives tips for an unplugged ceremony


She gives tips for an unplugged ceremonyCredit: TIKTOK/gritandgraceeventsco

“The most effective (and frankly only) way to host a legitimate unplugged ceremony,” the Southern California wedding planner captioned the video.

Claire says that while signs asking for an unplugged ceremony are trendy, they don’t serve the purpose.

People will likely walk past them without actually reading or hearing what the signs ask for.

Instead, she proposes an alternative that she says is “undoubtedly the most effective way to ensure people aren’t on their phones.”

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To truly have an unplugged ceremony, Claire says, it’s best to ask the registrar to make an announcement before the bridal party walks down the aisle.

The video has been viewed more than 3.5 million times and amassed more than 390,000 likes.

Hundreds of other TikTokers had their own thoughts and ideas to share.

“As a photographer, I always just announce it. “ON BEHALF OF THE BRIDE AND GROOM, SO THAT WE CAN GET THE BEST PICTURES, PLEASE PUT AWAY ALL PHONES/CAMERAS,” commented one TikToker.

“I particularly want an unplugged ceremony, I’ll put it on the invites, have a sign and let the officer say to cover all the bases,” wrote another.

Some TikTokers had other ideas to contribute.

“Is it bad that I have someone pick them up before they come in? I need to pay for a photographer/videographer for a reason,” one commented.

“I heard from someone to have your officer announce that you’ll end up having a second kiss so he can take his photos and that helps,” another chipped in.

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Claire responded by saying, “Oh I LOVE THAT.”

Another suggested “a ‘Kodak moment’ before the ceremony” where their officer “encouraged everyone to take a picture or selfie and then put their phones down!”

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