The beauty of modern day weddings are the little details. So if you’re planning a wedding right now, you should know that this is the time to let your personal preferences shine! Lately, our days have become consumed by technology. While social media is a wonderful way to document lives, how do you go about choosing what to allow on your special day? Here is Zveil’s guide to Do’s & Dont’s of Wedding Day Social Media.
Ultimately, what you allow is between you and your fiance. 2016 is the year where we have to define boundaries for those little robotic wedding crashers (yes, we’re talking about your smartphone). Think about how you might feel walking down the aisle while your friends look at you through their screens, or if photos/videos hit the internet before you’ve even made it to the front of the room? There are many factors to consider such as camera flashes, distractions, and unnecessary noises. Thanks to social media, wedding etiquette is about to get a modern update.
Do: Define your stance up front. Instead of leaving your guests to guess about whether or not they should post that photo, let them know! If you’d like to have your guests refrain from posting photos on social media, place a cute [but polite] sign outside of your venue before the ceremony to let them know.
Do: If you would like your wedding shared and documented on social media, create your own hashtag! Be sure to let your guests know to include it in their photo captions. This way, you and your guests can collectively browse through everyone’s photos at one time. This will encourage people to take and post photos, giving you the opportunity to experience your wedding through the eyes of your friends and family!
Do: If you have friends and family that cannot make it, you might consider doing a live stream of your special day! This is an excellent idea for remote destinations or for family/friends who were unable to attend.
Don’t: This one is subjective, but we recommend having your guests put their phones away during the ceremony. Getting to walk down the aisle is a once in a lifetime opportunity and all eyes (not camera lenses) should be on you and your groom. Chances are, you’ve hired a professional photographer to handle the ceremonial shots, so you know those will be handled. If you’re taping your wedding, you’re probably going to want to prevent unnecessary flashes or camera sounds. We all know those people who take photos/videos with their iPads, and you don’t want that getting in the way of the professional photographer.
Don’t: This one is for guests… Refrain from posting questionable photos of the bride. None of us appreciate being tagged in unflattering photos and the newly-weds are no different - especially the bride! If there is any uncertainty, avoid posting the photo at all.
Don’t: While you can thank your guests via Facebook status, don’t let that replace personal thank you cards. There is nothing like a handwritten note, and your guests will appreciate you taking the time to acknowledge their part in your wedding.
We hope you enjoyed our guide to Do’s & Dont’s of Wedding Day Social Media. Zveil is here to help you make your wedding day the most magical yet. If you have yet to find the perfect veil, be sure to look through our selection of short and long veils.
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We're thrilled that Zveil-bride Sarah has invited us to share her wedding day photos with your readers. We invite you to browse these stunning photos of this tastefully done black and white themed wedding.
The ceremony was held at Saint Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Granville Ohio and it was a dream come true for Sarah.