Social media and smartphones are ubiquitous in today’s world and they’ve become a talking point in terms of weddings also. Should you embrace the social media age and what’s the etiquette if you’re not a fan of the digital age of sharing?
- Within hours of accepting a proposal, 28% of brides-to-be update their social media statuses, while 24% do so the next day.
- 31% are limiting guests from sharing on social media by setting guidelines prior to the event.
[Source: The Knot & Mashable 2014]
- 44% of brides believe that having rules when it comes to your wedding and social media are important.
- 14% are banning social media altogether
[Source: David’s Bridal Survey 2014]
Checklist for Social Media Etiquette & You
So if you choose to go with social media and use it for the purpose of celebrating everything to do with your wedding, you also need to try to follow some etiquette. Social media is still a relatively new phenomenon so people are still often finding their feet with it so mistakes can be common!
- Do inform family about your engagement before posting it on Facebook.
- Do make status updates requesting opinions about wedding colours, themes or other ideas.
- Do consider creating a wedding webpage as well as a page for the bridal party only.
- Do look through friends' wedding photo albums on Facebook for real-life inspiration.
- Do use LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to locate reliable wedding suppliers and deals in your area.
- Do limit your use of social media on the big day.
- Don't post pictures of bridesmaid dresses.
- Don't use Facebook to direct friends to your wedding registry.
- Don't use Facebook to invite guests to the wedding.
- Don’t put a wedding ticker on your profile.
- Don't tweet for honeymoon ideas before you and your fiancé have discussed it.
Social Media & Your Guests: Get the Most From It!
- You might have an official wedding photographer and videographer but some candid shots can come from guests’ images. Here are some tips to benefit from those pictures your guests take with even just their smartphone!
- Create a hashtag specific to your wedding and inform guests at the ceremony with some nice signage.
- Ensure the wedding reception location has reliable Wi-Fi and if there is a password, make guests aware through use of signage.
- Assign someone the role of Instagrammer/Twitterer of the day so that they can curate the content so you don’t have to!
- Social media co-ordinators specific to weddings do now exist - Google it!
- Use a tool like Storify to gather all the wedding photos across the different platforms and put them in one place.
this article was contributed by Sheraton Althone Hotel