Even if you prefer a traditional, unplugged wedding without the social media frenzy, using online tools can help you get inspired, find vendors and organise your event. Most brides browse Pinterest in search of inspiration, DIY ideas and information on the latest wedding trends, pinning their favourite dresses, shoes, headpieces, colour palettes, cakes and bouquets. Following venues, designers, florists, photographers and other wedding professionals on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will help you choose the best professionals for your big day, and with all of them gathered in one single virtual space, you will save time and be more efficient. Wedding websites such as The Bride’s Diary offer loads of inspiration, excellent planning tools and a wedding services directory, but also enable you to share your thoughts and experiences with other brides in Bridal Buzz.
Planning a wedding requires a lot of work and superb organisational skills. If you can’t afford a professional wedding planner, then social media can be your guide, as it will help you gather all the inspiration and information you will need. Many brides are using Pinterest, Fecebook and other networks for inspiration, while planning apps and tools will help you stay organised and on top of your planning. Even if you hire someone to organise your wedding, social media will help you get involved and add your own personal touch to the whole event.
While some modern couples are encouraging their guests to upload images to social media by using a wedding hashtag, others prefer an intimate affair without any online publicity. We suggest that you should weigh pros and cons carefully before you make a decision.
Using social media has both advantages and drawbacks. It can certainly help you share photos and information related to your big day, but some couples feel that the privacy of their intimate event is ruined with so much sharing and tagging. You might regret it if you do it, but you might also regret it if you don’t.
The wedding hashtag replaces the custom of creating your own wedding website and it is the quickest and easiest way to exchange all the important moments of your big day with friends and family, and you can go back and see them any time after the wedding. From professional photos to iPhone snaps, all images will be in one place and easily searchable!
Modern wedding etiquette now includes some new rules related to the social media posting and sharing, so keep those in mind when planning your celebration. While you can use Facebook and Twitter to announce news regarding your engagement and wedding, certain information should be told in person first. Some of your nearest and dearest should hear the news about your engagement in person before you mention it on social media. Etiquette also suggests that you should not replace traditional invitations with electronic ones because it is considered as impolite.
There are also a number of rules which apply to wedding guests and the bridal party. All correspondence related to wedding planning should be kept private rather than made public on social media. Guests should be careful not to start with congratulations before the couple officially announces that they are engaged or married, and be careful never to stand in photographer’s way and ruin his image by taking your own.
When it comes to posting images from the wedding, you should let your guests know whether they are encouraged to share their own snaps on social media or not. A great way to let them know is print a hashtag on the invitation, include it in your wedding ceremony program or create a sign at the entrance to your ceremony or the aisle. By creating a sign to notify your guests that you don’t wish to have any social media posts of your wedding is an easier way than having it on your invitations.
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