Do's & Don'ts of Social Media Wedding Etiquette
Weddings bring about a strong focus on etiquette both in the offline and online worlds. Learning the “netiquette” can keep couples in good stead with family and friends and avert potential drama.
DON’T post before it’s happened
Before you update your relationship status on Facebook from “in a relationship” to “engaged,” call your parents, call your future in-laws, call your relatives. Certain milestone announcements in life need to be made offline.
It’s easy to assume that everyone will want to see the minutiae of your wedding planning from your never-ending pins on Pinterest to progress updates – Picked our colors! Selected our font for our invitations! – but most of your friends don’t want you to flood their feeds, advises Grace Bonney on her blog, Design Sponge. Curate your posts so that you give your followers tidbits of info and leave them in suspense for the bash itself.
DO get a hashtag
One way to generate some social media buzz of your big day is coming up with a wedding hashtag. It’s one way to amass your photos from your engagement party to your bridal shower, something you’ll appreciate after the wedding, says Sara Fried, owner of Fete Nashville. Fried says plug your hashtag on save-the-date cards, cocktail napkins and your shower invitations.
DO involve your partner
Check in with your beloved to see what he or she would want posted or what constitutes TMI. If your social media footprints blur the lines between professional and personal identities, think twice about how much you want to divulge and potentially end up sharing with your co-workers.
DO alert your guests about social media protocol
Let your guests know what your social media policy is, Fried suggests. Do you want them to post photos from your wedding that day? Do you want them to wait? You can let them know on your website, wedding program or even let the officiant announce it at the ceremony.
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