Social Media Dos and Don'ts for Before, During, and After Your Wedding
words by // Eve Green
You are getting married and you want to share this most exciting time in your life with the friends and family you hold dear. When we have news to share social media is a wonderful platform. However, navigating the world of social media throughout your engagement, wedding, and honeymoon will require some foresight if you don’t want to end up with a social media fail. Like everything else involved with your upcoming wedding, there is a certain etiquette to follow with sharing wedding related details on social media. Consider our Top Social Media Do’s and Don’ts!
Don’t post your engagement announcement minutes after he pops the question. Give yourselves private time to soak up the happiness and revel in your love for one another before making the announcement public. You should prioritize making the announcement in person (or at least by phone) to your immediate family and closest friends before you post.
Do share a picture of your engagement ring and a few of your favorite engagement pictures. Friends and family want to see these precious pictures and express their congratulations and well wishes. Besides, who doesn’t love ogling over a gorgeous engagement ring and those glowing photos!
Don’t blow up your friends feeds with all things wedding. Wedding planning is time consuming and during your engagement it can feel like your life revolves around the wedding. However, that doesn’t mean you need to post or complain about your wedding planning progress everyday. The last thing you want is for your guests to be #overit before the wedding day has even arrived.
Do create a wedding hashtag if you want to incorporate social media photo sharing on your big day. A fun wedding hashtag will allow you and your fiancé to look back on friends’ photos of the wedding shower, bachelor and bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinner, and finally the big day! Photos taken by loved ones and shared using the wedding hashtag can also help you get by while patiently waiting for their professional photos to be completed. That being said, please remember to caution wedding guests about snapping away during the ceremony. Depending on the church, there may be rules about cell phone and camera use during a religious ceremony, and professional photographers may also request a cell phone cease and desist.
Don’t feel obligated to have a social media centric wedding. Many couples today are embracing unplugged weddings, when the guests are asked to refrain from snapping and sharing photos during the wedding. Every couple seeks a different level of privacy and it’s ok if you want to keep your social media exposure limited when it comes to your wedding.
Do set boundaries for how others post about your wedding. If you don’t lay the ground rules for what you do and don’t want posted on social media, no one will know. Kindly ask bridesmaids not to share any photos of you while getting ready for the big day as to not ruin the surprise. You don’t want your “first look” to be when you fiancé sees a photo of you in a wedding dress while scrolling through Facebook!
Don’t spend your entire honeymoon posting on social media, no matter how beautiful and “like worthy” the scenery is! There will be plenty of time after you return to share your beautiful pictures, hey they invented #throwbackthursday for that very reason, right? Relax and disconnect during your honeymoon, enjoying your first days together as newlyweds!
Social media can be a wonderful way to share wedding related news and photos throughout your engagement and wedding. Avoid a social media fail by thinking before you post and making it a priority to not overshare.