227 The social me­dia wed­ding com­mand­ments

The golden rules to make sure your #big­day shines just as bright as your news­feed

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THOU SHALT TELL LOVED ONES THE OLD-FASH­IONED WAY

Your close friends and fam­ily shouldn’t have to find out your big news on their feeds – they de­serve to hear it from you. You may want to tell loved ones to keep mum un­til you’ve man­aged to tell every­one you want to, so that you can be the first to share it on your so­cials. Re­mem­ber, once it’s up, news spreads fast!

THOU SHALT USE THE AP­PRO­PRI­ATE PLAT­FORMS

Don’t share your en­gage­ment on busi­ness-re­lated net­works like LinkedIn. In­stead, if you’re chang­ing your name, wait un­til you’re mar­ried then take the op­por­tu­nity to share the news with pro­fes­sional con­tacts. Till then, stick to the old faith­fuls.

THOU SHALT NOT OVERSHARE

There’s no need to dis­cuss the price of the ring or how many min­utes ’til the day. Post­ing non-stop will even­tu­ally an­noy some peo­ple, so save all those sto­ries for chats with friends. Peo­ple can also get fa­tigued with all the nup­tial news and pho­tos on their feeds, so keep posts sweet and sim­ple.

THOU SHALT HAVE A #HASH­TAG

Choos­ing a unique wed­ding hash­tag be­fore you an­nounce the en­gage­ment is a great way to en­gage peo­ple from the start. Be sure to put the hash­tag on dis­play at your wed­ding – make a cute sign, print it on nap­kins or place it in pic­ture frames.

THOU SHALT TELL PEO­PLE HOW I FEEL

Some peo­ple don’t want their cer­e­mony to be a sea of phones, so let guests know if you want your vows to be an “un­plugged” mo­ment. While it’s great that your loved ones want to cap­ture ev­ery sec­ond, you’ve hired a pro­fes­sional for that, #amiright? It’s more than OK to ask guests po­litely to not post any pic­tures un­til you and your other half have shared the first one. Or, if you’re happy for peo­ple to post up­dates in real time on their so­cials, give them the heads-up!

THOU SHALT KEEP MY PIN­TER­EST BOARD SA­CRED

Keep the el­e­ment of sur­prise alive at your wed­ding by keep­ing your Pin­ter­est wed­ding board se­cret. That way, you’ll avoid un­so­licited ad­vice like, “Are you sure you want to mix or­ange with fuch­sia?”

THOU SHALT NOT (PUBLICALLY) COM­PLAIN

Mother-in-law driv­ing you mad? Brides­maid-zilla is­sues? As an­noy­ing as all of this is – we hear ya! – it’s best to steer clear from vent­ing on a pub­lic fo­rum. No one wants neg­a­tiv­ity sur­round­ing your big day.

THOU SHALT NOT BE ON THY PHONE ALL DAY

It’s your wed­ding, so en­joy the day and live in the mo­ment with ev­ery­body around you. Put your phone away and have fun! You’ll have plenty of time to scroll through your hash­tag and find all the right fil­ters while you’re wait­ing to board your flight for your hon­ey­moon. If you want to share up­dates in real time on the day, ask one of your trusted friends or a brides­maid to help man­age your In­sta­gram. The golden take-away? Social me­dia has cre­ated more ex­cite­ment and buzz around wed­dings than ever be­fore, so re­lax and have fun with it! Just re­mem­ber, it should never over­shadow those spe­cial IRL mo­ments.

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