Congratulations, you’re getting married! Like so many of us, you probably want to share your special day online. Social media is a wonderful tool for your wedding, but it’s also one of those things that can make life a little more complicated and stressful (and even a little annoying) without the right guidance. For example, your newly wedded bliss might cause you to post over and over again. Don’t get us wrong—you should absolutely share your wedding on social media if you enjoy posting about your life online, but there are definitely some potential mistakes you can avoid. Here are some things to keep in mind before you reach for your phone to press “post.”
Don’t Post About Your Engagement Immediately
It’s super tempting to share your big news online—but it’s important to keep in mind that some of your closest friends and family would prefer to hear about your upcoming nuptials from you personally. People’s feelings can easily be hurt if they think you didn’t want to include them in on your engagement before the rest of the world, so wait until your inner circle knows you’re getting hitched before sharing the news online.
Don’t Post Details About Your Wedding Online
This goes from announcing the members of your bridal party to where and when your wedding is going to take place. For starters, there’s always going to be a friend or two who will feel bad that they weren’t asked to be a part of your day, whether as a guest or a member of the wedding party. So if you don’t want to deal with the extra drama online, refrain from announcing those details publicly. Another reason: safety concerns. You definitely don’t want an uninvited guest showing up at your wedding. So be smart and only post the necessities and keep the wedding information on a need-to-know basis.
Don’t Post Anything too Personal or Emotional
Weddings are emotional, we get it. But getting too personal or emotional about your future spouse and your love story isn’t always appropriate to share online. While you absolutely should be proud of your fiancé and your wedding, there are some things that should remain private just between you two.
Don’t Post Again and Again
We know you’re excited about getting married, as you should be, but you should also be conscious about how much you’re posting. Your friends and family definitely want to witness your memories and experiences, but even they might get a little irritated if they keep seeing a hundred photos of your wedding and all of its pre-festivities over and over again. Be selective with what you post and when you post it.
Don’t Shame Guests or Vendors Online
Social media can rile up a lot of people as be a pretty big dumping ground for many when it comes to complaints. While it might be tempting to get into a war of words online with an irate friend or family member who maybe is or isn’t invited to your wedding or publicly complain about an overpriced vendor, we suggest that you keep those conversations private and offline. Trashing guests or vendors, even if it’s well warranted, isn’t a good look and isn’t worth your time or energy.
Don’t Use Social Media a Ton on Your Wedding Day
Yes, you have a ton of memories you want to proudly show off and you even might have a wedding hashtag that you’d like to include, but you definitely don’t want to be glued to your phone on your special day. You want to remain present and grounded for what’s sure to be the most memorable celebration of your life. It might be a good idea to either leave your phone at home or leave it with a trusted friend (maybe your MOH) who can handle your social media duties for you. Trust us, you won’t miss it!
While you definitely should use social media on your big day, the above mentioned pitfalls should be avoided to ensure you’re using it as positively and efficiently as possible.