Today’s couples often take an e-centric approach to both their wedding planning and the ceremony. Social media allows distant friends and relatives to become involved and linked into the daily updates of the couple, their adventures in wedding planning and share in the excitement of the big day…even if they can’t be there in person.
The beauty of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the host of other social platforms is the ability to reach multitudes with the click of one little button. Friends, family, acquaintances and even random ‘friends’ across the ocean can peek into the pre-marital bliss and musings of the couple and have instant updates about the big wedding day.
For couples, social media eases the frustrations of planning and managing guest lists, hotel accommodations and even gift registries. With a personalized wedding web page, couples can easily post all details of their wedding, including room blocks at hotels and links to all the stores that host their registries. The link to the wedding web site can then be shared quickly as an update or a tweet to provide easy access to all the possible guests.
The ease of the virtual world also has changed the way many couples manage their guest list. Online Save the Date cards and wedding invitations have streamlined the frustration of addressing, personalizing, stamping and mailing each individual invitation. Instead, guests can receive an emailed professionally designed virtual invite that also allows guests to deliver their RSVP with a simple click. The couple can easily save hundreds of dollars on stamps alone.
Taking wedding planning into the digital world requires following a unique code of online etiquette. Follow these tips when taking the wedding and wedding planning social:
- Never mention registry information in posts. Guests need to ask about registries, but they should never be told about them. The rule of etiquette is that the only proper way to inform guests of a registry is through word of mouth.
- Requests for money should NEVER be made on social media. Honeymoon funds are very common, as is the preference for monetary gifts. If a site has been set up to raise money for the honeymoon or for any other marital need, link the registry site to wedding web site.
- Communicate with guests about photography at the wedding well before the date of the event. Most guests will come armed with a camera phone, and they will really want to take pictures. If the couple is fine with photos during the ceremony, let guests know via posts or updates on the wedding web site. If cameras are not allowed during the ceremony, make it very clear.
- Keep wedding planning posts positive. Guests don’t want to hear about problems with vendors or other personal issues.
- Refrain from posting any embarrassing photos. Don’t post any photos that could embarrass a member of the wedding party, a guest, family members or the couple. If Great Aunt Hilda has downed one too many martinis and is doing the Macarena, don’t film her. And definitely don’t post the video online.
- Hand-write thank you notes. Stay old-school when it comes to thank you notes. Don’t ever email a thank you…be personal and write a nice note acknowledging the gift.
- Respect the copyrights of the professional photographer. Never post a professional’s photo online without permission. The photographer always owns the copyright to the photo.
- Never post photos of the wedding dress or any details of the dress online. The dress is one of the most anticipated items of the wedding, keep its appearance hidden from guests.
- If guests are encouraged to take snapshots at the wedding ceremony and/or the reception, be sure to set up a photo sharing site. This allows the couple and the guests to view photos from the wedding and the reception and to also upload their own photos to the site for others to view.
- Check privacy settings on all social media accounts. This is extremely important if couples want to monitor who sees wedding posts and pictures. Make sure that all settings are reviewed and set appropriately.
Social media enables today’s digitally-savvy couples to showcase their wedding events to their guest list instantaneously. Faraway friends and loved ones can have access to all the details and updates of the event and share in the joy simply by logging on.
–Naomi Shaw is a freelance writer from Southern California. She loves writing about home decor and education. When she’s not writing, she loves to spend time with her husband and three children.
There’s not much we can say to fully give this wedding the justice it deserves. Our entire team gets goosebumps just looking over these absolutely breathtaking photos from Ciprian Photography. Crystal clear waters and not a cloud in sight, this day could not have been more perfect. The stunning mountain view surrounded them at the Kehlet Mansion, giving these two the perfect setting to say their “I dos” on the sandy beach of Lake Tahoe.
Each table displayed a gorgeous arrangement of floral blooms, courtesy of Stems by Diana, placed inside beautiful copper trays the bride had custom made. Strands of lights hung above to cast an elegant atmosphere all around, and with music jamming from Brian Hess, this couple along with friends and family danced the whole night through.
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What a way to end the 2015 year! The gorgeous Katie and Erik are over on Style Me Pretty and we couldn’t be more excited. It was a perfect day on June 13th, 2015. The sun was shinning and there was not a cloud in sight. Head over here now to check out this beautiful day!