A Guide to Wedding Social Media Etiquette
Whether you're the bride, groom, family or friend, everyone loves sharing in the joy of a wedding! With social media, it's easier than ever to include people - even if they can't be there in person. However, with the power of new technology, comes great responsibility... Here's our guide to social media etiquette if you're attending a wedding this year.
Don't: Share before the couple do
This is particularly relevant for the bridal party! Everyone wants to see what the bride is wearing - and we share so many moments from our lives online these days, that you may not think twice about posting a picture while you get ready. However, the bride will have spent a lot of time thinking about what to wear for her big day - the last thing they'll want is for their fiance to catch a glimpse of them before they get to the altar. Allow the guests to remain spoiler-free and let the bride have her moment to shine when she walks down the aisle.
Do: Respect the couple's wishes
While many couples love sharing selfies, photos from their holidays and tag each other in posts when checking-in to a location together, not all couples are comfortable with having personal information about themselves online. This is especially true for a moment as special as when they make their vows. We've seen couples place a sign at the entrance, others have had their officiant ask all guests to put their phones away at the start of the ceremony, but often, someone will take a photo regardless. The couple will most likely have paid for a professional to capture the moment for them, so if you're lucky enough to be present for the ceremony, make sure you give the couple your full attention - it's one of the most important moments in their lives.
Don't: Obstruct the Photographer's View
Allow the couple's chosen photographer to capture their big day - it's what they're there to do! We've heard horror stories of the perfect aisle shot being marred by a sea of smart phones held out by guests trying to get their own shot of the bride. Don't let that be you!
Do: Use the couple's chosen hashtag when sharing your photos
If the couple are happy for you to share posts online, it's increasingly likely that they'll have chosen a particular hashtag for you to use when doing so. We've noticed this trend emerge over the past few years at The National Piping Centre, and it's a great way for family, friends and the couple themselves to relive the day once the celebrations have ended. The couple can also share the hashtag with distant relatives who may be unable to attend the wedding itself, allowing them to still feel involved.
Don't: Share unflattering photos
We would hope that this one goes without saying, but don't share any unflattering photos from the wedding! Weddings allow everyone to celebrate, but don't share anything that might cause the couple or their guests any embarrassment. While it might seem a good idea in the moment to show how much fun everyone is having during the reception, we'd recommend only sharing pictures you'd be happy to have in an album. If in doubt, check with the bride or groom, or simply don't post the photo until the next day, when you can reflect more clearly.
Do: Enjoy the moment!
The couple have chosen you to be a part of their special day - make sure you're present enough to enjoy it! When the couple get their professional photos back, they'll want to see shots of you laughing and enjoying their day - not in the background, staring at your smartphone screen. Your Facebook feed can wait...
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