Be the perfect wedding guests with our top tips for a social media-friendly wedding day.
We love social media. Of course we do: we’re the hosts, and originators, of #WeddingHour – the UK’s most popular hashtag hour! We see so many engaged couples and industry professionals sharing ideas, booking meetings, and connecting worldwide; we love how Twitter has become such a powerful tool. Not only that, but with all our social media platforms updated daily, as well as our latest #WeddingHour on Instagram (8pm on Wednesday evening!), The Wedding Affair is truly social media friendly.
However, we know when it’s time to switch off from the online world and live in the moment. And one of those times is during something as meaningful as a couple’s wedding ceremony.
Sometimes we hear that our brides and grooms have had trouble with a social over-sharing guest or two. So this week, our Top Tips Tuesday brings you the guide to being the most social-savvy, Facebook-friendly wedding guest.
Don’t Post a Preview of the Bride’s Dress
She’s been trying to keep it a secret from her husband or wife-to-be for months. So, when she puts it on ahead of the journey to the ceremony, don’t ruin the surprise!
You may have had the honour of being asked to be part of the wedding party, or been given a sneak previous of the dress when bridal gown shopping. Don’t spoil it for the bride by putting a photo on Facebook before the big reveal at the bottom of the aisle.
Log Out During the Ceremony
A marriage ceremony is a deeply sentimental, personal moment. And you’re clearly a special person in the couple’s lives to be asked to attend. So, don’t be posting on Pinterest during the service (the same applies to the speeches).
Whilst you may like to take some photos of the bride and groom, refrain from posting them online during the ceremony. Show some respect to their vows and their moment by avoiding typing that Tweet until the drinks reception.
Let the Photographer Do Their Job
The bride and groom have probably spent a good proportion of their budget on a brilliant photographer (possibly chosen from The Wedding Affair’s Approved Supplier List!) who’ll capture their wedding day perfectly. Don’t get in the way of the photos!
There’s nothing more frustrating for a wedding photographer than a guest who’s sneaking into the side of the shot to get the snap they want to upload to Instagram. So let them take the photographs the couple have paid for, and take a few of your own later. You may even get a selfie with the happy couple (how’s that for a personal social post!).
Respect the Couple’s Wishes
There’s nothing wrong with having a social media-free wedding. The bride and groom may not want their guests to post online ahead of their photographer, or they may just simply want you to be there, be present, and enjoy the moment.
It may not be something you’d choose (your wedding might have its own hashtag!), but it’s vital to respect the wishes of those who’ve chosen you to share in the most important day of their lives.
Did you have a problem with a guest over-sharing on social media? Or did you embrace it and give your wedding day its own #hashtag? Let us know your thoughts on a social-savvy wedding day by getting in touch (or posting on our social media channels!): firstname.lastname@example.org.