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What You Should You Post, Tweet or Facebook as a Wedding Guest?

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Wedding Social Media Do’s and Don’ts

shutterstock_203680843 We’ve all seen the viral videos of over-the-top proposals, humorous processionals and epic best man and maid of honor speeches, but what should you do about the bride and groom who aren’t looking for their 15 seconds of Internet fame? Recently, The Knot and Mashable combined forces to survey brides on how they feel about hashtags and selfies when it comes to their big day. While it’s telling that 62 percent like that their guests post images from their wedding to Facebook, 38 percent wish their guests would not. However, only 14 percent of brides are taking a formal stance on banning social media altogether, says InStyle. So when it comes to the I dos, what’s appropriate and what’s not?

Do Play it Safe

When you’re the guest, it’s best to keep your smartphone tucked safely away unless you know the wishes of the couple. Even though your LG G3 has a 13-megapixel camera and image stabilization, the couple still will hire a professional to take the traditional and candid photos. Couples also tend to plan the integration of social media and social sharing on their big day, so look for indications of social media approval via dedicated hashtags or photo sharing apps such as HitchedPic.

Don’t Get in the Way

Of course we all want a great photo to remember the day, but respect that the couple has likely paid someone quite a bit of money to capture their wedding and don’t need or want their guests getting in the way. However, if the couple gives the green light on guest photography and sharing, snap away. But still remain mindful of the professional. It’s never appropriate to snap a photo of the photographers staged poses or step in front of their lens to get a better shot for yourself, states Resource Magazine.

Don’t Get Trigger Happy

Don’t get carried away or try to make your debut as a professional iPhone-ographer. Remember, less is more. Nobody needs to see all 90 of your unedited wedding photos, and the bride will certainly appreciate discretion when it comes to candid photos. Again, she paid someone to take flattering photos throughout the night.

Do Enjoy the Moment

While capturing life momentous occasions is important, living in those moments is even more so. Take a few memorable shots, but don’t get so caught up in capturing every kiss, dip and toast that you miss experiencing them first hand. As a rule of thumb, minimize the shots during the actual ceremony. Friends and family want to watch the beauty of a ceremony, not the back of your head as you reach up to take multiple pictures.  But a shot (just one, it’s not the time to catch the perfect one with 20 pics) of the bride walking down the aisle or the kiss try is acceptable. Most agree once the reception starts, have fun and take pictures.

Don’t Bombard the Couple

You may be dying to take a selfie with the bride and groom, but unless you are in the wedding party or immediate family, don’t expect a one-on-one photo session with the happy couple.  They have lots of guests to visit with and an evening of celebrating to enjoy. However, the dance floor tends to be the best time to grab a photo with the bride and groom. Sometimes the bride doesn’t get her professional photos back for months, so she’d be thrilled to have some great shots from guests. So the best advice would be, less is more. It’s always the best idea to take less photos and just enjoy the actual moment.       ** This post is brought to us by our friends at Social Monsters!

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Samanta McIntosh

About the author: Samanta McIntosh

Samanta McIntosh is an unabashed shopaholic with a passion for fashion, beauty and a healthy lifestyle. From shoes to family, she has something to say about it all. Her love for sharing and obsession for all things pretty and fabulous led her to blogging in January of 2010. She is involved in and actively supports the following organizations: Chi Omega, Social Venture Partners, Emily's Toys 4 Joy and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training.

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