Social Media & Your Wedding

Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter have for sure found their way into our lives. For some, oversharing is the choice and for others keeping it more quiet is the way to go. Technology and social media have played a significant role in how weddings have changed within the last decade or so. The perfect Instagram snap has become a mission for many and although social media might not be at the top of your priorities list, when preparing for your wedding, it is definitely worth considering how you can have them work in your favour and not cause any unfortunate issues during your big day. So unless you are planning to ask your guests to not use their phones during the day, be sure that special moments will be shared online and here’s some tips on social media wedding success.

The Dos & Don’ts

Once you and your partner have decided on your social media policy for your big day, it is essential to inform your guests about it. This can be done via your wedding website or with a special ‘social media note’ that can accompany the invites. If absolute freedom with social media on the day is not your number one choice there are some things you definitely want to have some control over. Politely ask your guests to not spoil any surprises like you in your wedding dress before walking down the aisle, for example. Furthermore, do try to make sure that your photography team is not obstructed by friends or family trying to get that perfect Instagram shot; a thread of Instagram photos can be nice but can in no way be compared to a professional’s work. Social media interference during more sentimental moments, like vows exchange or blessings, should probably be avoided as well. On the other hand, encourage your guests to use specific features that you have chosen. A unique wedding hashtag is a favourite for many couples as it helps greatly with monitoring their big day’s Instagram or Twitter feed. Add it on your wedding stationary and welcome sign to make it easy for your guests to see it. A frame for photos works very nice as well. Ask everyone to use it for uploading snaps of themselves after the ceremony and during the party.

Putting your phone away

Your wedding is for sure one of the most momentous occasions of your life and it is almost certain that you will be feeling the urge of posting updates online during the day, especially if social media usage is a favourite habit. It is wise, however, to try and control the amount of time you spend on your phone as a bride or groom. Capture a few moments with your bridesmaids or groomsmen, for example, at the beginning of preparations and maybe get that first selfie as a married couple after the ceremony and when you find a moment alone. Do not overdo it, as there will be plenty of guests taking photos of you that you can have later. Remember that the main goal is to enjoy your day as much as you can, so put that phone away for as long as possible.

Create a wedding day group

Many social media platforms offer the option of creating an online group to their users. Why not take advantage of that and use it to make things easier for you and your guests when it comes to communication. A Facebook group, for instance, can be extremely beneficial prior to the wedding, as well as during the day. You can use it to post updates and any special requests you might have, such as a dress code. On the day you can post the order of service and the rest of the wedding itinerary. Guests can communicate with one another for anything they might need, like assistance with finding the wedding location. It is also a great way for everyone to keep in touch after the event and share photos, experiences and memories.

The wedding planning obsession

Yes, planning your wedding day is undeniably one of the happiest and most fun periods of your life as a couple. With so many cakes, shoes, dress fitting appointments and of course stunning venues to choose from who wouldn’t be over the moon with excitement?! Remember that your future guests love getting updates from you on how your planning is coming along, however, constantly posting online can become a bit tiring but most importantly deprive your actual wedding day of the surprise factor. Try to control the amount of posts related to your planning procedures; that way you will keep everyone’s excitement alive and people will also be more eager to talk to you about the big day in real life, as too much online information tends to make individuals loose interest in a future happening.

The most important thing when it comes to social media and your wedding is to not let it upset you in any way. Once you decide if and how you want social media to be used during your day, make sure that the plan is clear both to you and your guests. It is a good idea to check your privacy settings on all the platforms you use, to control as much as you can the access others might have to your special moments. Technology can be challenging but not without its benefits; the use of social media during your wedding day is a very personal choice and everyone should respect it in order for the event to be a success and a day that everyone will remember happily.

Happy planning!

Lila x

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