Wedding day social media dos and don’ts
When it comes to social media dos and don’ts for wedding guests, this is a grim area to touch. A wedding is an intimate affair where the couple has invited their closest and dearest guests to witness the union between two parties.
Just because you have been invited doesn’t mean your friends on Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat are invited to tag along. Sharing wedding highlights can be fun but you need to know what is appropriate to share and when to do so.
Here are some of the wedding day social media dos and don’ts you need to adhere to the next time you attend a wedding.
- Do respect the couples’ wish
Many couples nowadays want to keep things off social media especially, if it’s a small private affair. You don’t have to be the party spoiler by spilling everything and letting everyone know what is happening step by step, especially if there’s a likelihood that someone who was not invited may see.
- Do be mindful of the photographer
Never forget that you’re a guest and the couple has hired professional photographers to do their job of taking photos. Therefore, be mindful of the photographers to avoid being in their way. This is actually one of the worst and most annoying habits that wedding guests have. Using the camera flash is unnecessary as well, let the professionals do their job and later on after the entire ceremony, you can ask for copies.
- Do capture special moments
As much as this seems contradicting to being mindful of the photographer, you can do this during moments when it is appropriate to use your phone. At this point, take advantage of the moment and capture the special moments without being a distraction or a hindrance.
- Do use the couple’s hashtag
When you capture those priceless pictures from the event, be kind enough to tag the couple when you share the photos online. By tagging your pictures with the hashtag, the couple along with family and friends can be able to easily access them online.
- Don’t be the first to post
Unless the couple gives you the go-ahead, never assume its okay to post pictures from the wedding. Don’t be afraid to ask whether or not it’s okay. You can choose to wait until the reception is underway or till the next day to post. Before you click upload, ask!
- Don’t post unappealing pictures
This is rather obvious but you still find some inconsiderate guests posting unflattering pictures of the bride and groom without their knowledge. Not every photo has to be posted online, especially the bad ones. Leave them in your phone gallery, and if you must share, ask for permission first.
- Don’t spoil the engagement announcement
This is the biggest mistake you can ever do! Never break the ice before the couple does. If the bride and groom to be call or text you to let you know they just got engaged, keep the excitement to yourself.
Most times, the couples usually wait a week or so to announce the engagement to their family and friends. This is something the couple get to do only once, so don’t spoil the surprise by spilling the beans online.
- Don’t give away surprises
This applies during the pre-wedding surprise as well as the engagement. Don’t spoil the wedding surprise for the big day. When it comes to the bride wearing the dress as well as the process of doing her hair and makeup, don’t post anything until she walks down the aisle. And even then, ask her first.
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