We all know social media has become a part of everyday life, but that doesn’t mean it’s appropriate for every occasion. When it comes to wedding etiquette and social media, there are a few do’s and don’ts you may not know about. Follow these tips, and you’ll do fine:
Ask About Posting Pictures
Always check with the bride and groom in regards to what they want posted. They could be waiting to post photos of their own first, or they might want to approve photos to make sure they are flattering. And perhaps they have a hashtag they want used. So just ask what their wishes are—this will avoid any awkwardness if you post something and are asked to take it down. Even as a bridesmaid, you shouldn’t post pictures of the bride in her dress until after the ceremony and possibly the wedding day. The bride should choose who gets to see her dress and when.
Keep Things Private
If you know the newlyweds are private people, don’t post every little detail about the event on Facebook. You shouldn’t post dates, times or locations of the ceremony or reception and tag the bride or groom; uninvited individuals could see these posts on social media and want an invitation. There is nothing wrong with being excited, but you don’t want to cause drama for bride or groom because of an uninvited or disgruntled person. This also goes for wedding questions too; send a private message. You don’t need to post questions publicly.
If you are posting about somebody else’s wedding, make sure you are saying positive things. Even if you don’t like their color choices or dinner options, keep that to yourself. You don’t need to post critical reviews and thoughts on your Facebook for the world to see. Remember that tone is hard to convey online. The smallest comment can be interpreted negatively and then spiral out of control.
Shut Down During the Ceremony
Taking photos during the ceremony can be an unwanted distraction. It can also cause problems and get in the way of the professional photographers who were hired to snap photos during the event. Just turn your phone off, put your camera away and enjoy the ceremony. Besides the fact that your photos will probably be a poor match to the professional’s, when you hold that camera or phone up in the air it blocks the guests behind you. The reception is the time to bring out your phone and start snapping, if you want pictures for yourself.
We All Love Weddings
Well, most of us do. But there are things we need to remember when it comes to social media. Just ask yourself: Is this appropriate? Take a minute and think before posting. It is an easy way to avoid conflict or awkwardness. Be mindful of what you are posting and enjoy the wedding.