Social media can be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it’s made weddings completely accessible. On the other hand, it’s generated a lot of hesitations.
What it all boils down to is preferences. Do you want to see everything your guests are saying Do you want all of your photos in one place Would you prefer a completely technology-free day
Whatever your decision, here are some social media do’s and don’ts for engaged couples.
DO create a hashtag (ex: #JRwedding) that guests can use for both Twitter and Instagram. Guests will most likely post to social media sites during the day, so you might as well consolidate all of it. Plus, you never know what kind of moments your guests will capture.
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DO prep your guests. Inform them of any apps, hashtags and websites via invitation. Additionally, now would be a good time to post any rules or guidelines. For the day of, make social media cards or print all relevant information on your programs.
For ultimate social media fanatics, DO create a social media station at your reception. Set up a laptop and projector screen for guests to read tweets during their downtime, and it’ll encourage them to send in their well wishes and photos. I’ve seen this at fundraising events, and it’s such a great way to entertain and engage your audience.
DO choose a photo sharing platform. Whether it’s Instagram, Flickr or Shutterfly, inform your guests of how they can share photos with you. Guests often catch some truly great candid moments, and the more photos you have from your special day, the better.
DO livestream your wedding for those who can’t make it. See our how-to guide here.
DON’T allow social media during your ceremony. It’s the one time during the day that you’ll want everyone’s undivided attention, so politely ask guests to power off.
DON’T use social media to replace neccessities such as hiring a professional photographer or sending out physical invitations.
DON’T be that couple who changes their Facebook status right after the ceremony. Ack.
DON’T be on your phone the entire time. You are there to live in the moment, so put the electronics down and have some fun!
Lastly, DON’T feel pressured to implement social media. If you’re not comfortable with technology, and if it’s not who you are as a couple then just don’t do it.