I love my phone. I really do. I love being able to stay connected even when I'm out and about, but there are times it needs to be put away. We have a rule in our house, no technology at the table or during family time. It is so important to be present in the moment, not only for ourselves to build memories but to show our respect and love for those around us.
This is true beyond family life. Recently, there have been some articles advising brides on how to save money on wedding photography, some of which advise them to skip the reception photographer and just have guests take cell phone pics.
The idea of this breaks my heart because I know someone is going to think to themselves, "Hey, that's got to be a great idea. There's no way this article would steer me wrong." Then that couple is going to come back from their honeymoon to find blurry, low resolution, poorly composed images of their toasts, dancing, cake cutting, and so many other important events that occurred on their wedding day. There is no recreating it and trying a do-over. They will be left with exactly what they paid for.
For example, take these few images from a recent wedding I photographed. Can you tell which ones were taken with a cell phone and my professional camera? It's more than image quality. A professional knows lighting, exposure, and timing; knowing when to capture the moment.
Another issue with guests attached to their mobile devices goes beyond image quality. When they are viewing your day through the screen on their phone, they aren't really present in the moment. They are so focused on capturing a social media image, they forget to be part of the celebration. Whether it is a guest leaning out into the aisle during the vows or a guest trying to get a great shot of the toasts, they are distracted and missing the moment.
Encourage your guests to be present in your day, let them know how excited you are to have them celebrate with you, and remind them to turn off their phones and cameras so they can be a part of your day.