The 10 Social Media Commandments for Your Wedding
You're used to sharing your daily life through social media, like Facebook and Instagram. And, since your wedding day is probably one of the most momentous moments of your life, how could you not post a few updates? But there is such thing as over sharing. Here's how to keep all of your friends, family, and followers up-to-date without becoming that bride.
Do create a cute hashtag.
It's a great way to have easy access to all your guests' photos during the event. Be sure to put your chosen hashtag on display at your wedding venue—place in picture frames, include on napkins, or make a cute sign to place by the bar (since it will be one of the most frequented places of the night!)—to keep everyone in the loop.
Don't use a selfie stick during the ceremony.
You'll have plenty of time to use it at the reception and the after party. If you're itching to snap a newlywed selfie, at least wait until you two are alone after you walk up the aisle.
Do place a sign requesting guests put away phones during the ceremony.
People mean well, trying to capture the moment from every possible angle, but that's why you hire a pro photographer. No one wants to remember pews full of phone-for-a-face guests.
Don't share all of your wedding-planning obsessions on Facebook.
Yes, cake tastings are fun, as is dress shopping and OMG so many shoes (!!). Posting non-stop will eventually start to annoy people, who may skirt the subject when you actually want to talk to them in real life.
Do make your Pinterest wedding boards secret.
Keep the element of surprise alive beyond the wedding dress. Guests look forward to seeing how you pulled off the big day. What's more, you'll avoid unsolicited advice like, "Are you sure you want to mix fuchsia with teal?"
Don't post complaints of any kind.
Even if your mother-in-law is driving you crazy or your friend from high school keeps nagging you about bringing her new boyfriend—all of this venting will only spur negativity, and who wants that on her wedding day?
Do hand over your Instagram account.
Ask your photog or trusted bridesmaid to manage it for the day so you can share updates in real-time without having to stop the fun at your own wedding.
Do get the most out of your hashtag.
Curate all the tagged photos into adorable, Instagram-friendly books from Artifact Uprising.
Don't waste your wedding day worrying about social media!
Enjoy the party! You'll have plenty of time to scroll through your hashtag, find the right filter for all of your photos, and tag people in your posts while you're waiting to board your flight for your honeymoon.