For better or worse social media is pretty much unavoidable. Sharing happy moments is commonplace, but so is sharing everything else these days.
Many couples don’t mind the posts around their wedding, but there are a few social media etiquette rules you should consider.
- Tell Your Family and Friends First: Announce your engagement to your close friends and family before posting it on Facebook or Tweeting about it. People close to you may feel left out if they simply read about it or hear it from someone else who saw your post.
- Changing Your Relationship Status: There is no right time to change your status or last name (if you are doing so) on your social media networks. The wrong time is when it distracts from the moment. Don’t do it during your wedding.
- Keep the Paper Invites: You can send your ‘Save the Date’ and pre-wedding party invitations online, but your wedding invitations should be printed and mailed. This is not a Facebook event, it’s a wedding and should be treated as such.
- Inform Your Guests: There is a growing trend of couples asking guests not to take photos. They leave the photography to the professional photographer. If you don’t want to go that route, inform your guests that you are OK with their sharing your wedding pictures and details.
- Share: Want to post a picture of your beautiful ring? Go for it; just keep the cost and carat a secret.
- Don’t Complain: Do not share your wedding drama with your guests. Don’t post negative comments about vendors, people in your bridal party or guest. Whatever you post should be positive.
- Wedding Tweets: Take a break from posting on your wedding day. You might be able to tweet or update your Facebook status once or twice on your wedding day, but don’t overdo it. Don’t be stuck to your phone on your wedding day.
And Here are 3 Social Media Etiquette Tips for Wedding Guests:
- Keep it private: If the couple has not yet announced their engagement or wedding plans to everyone, don’t congratulate them online. Wait until the couple is ready to share the news themselves. Send a private message, call them or congratulate them in person.
- Sharing pictures: Always ask the couple if you may share their wedding pictures.
- Don’t post wedding questions: Send any wedding related questions in a private message. It’s not for the whole world to read and comment.