Social media is now interwoven into the fabric of our everyday lives.
Many momentous occasions are marked with a tweet and or status update to share the occasion.
The arrival of a new baby, a wedding proposal, a new job or a house move they are all played out in a global arena.
In many ways social media has become the births, deaths and marriages page of a local newspaper.
Of course being a journo turned wedding blogger I’ve given some thought to the latter.
The rise of the #wedding
And although you may be keen to capture the moment and embrace technology, like most things with weddings, there is now an etiquette for it!
According to Bridebook one in five couples surveyed used a bespoke wedding hashtag, an increase of 50% from the year before.
And that’s an awful lot of hash tagging considering the average wedding last year saw a whopping 3,400 pictures taken.
And selfies were ever-popular too, with a staggering 76% of ‘twitter brides’ and ‘instagrooms’ taking a long-armed snap on their wedding day – the Wedding Selfie, or #Welfie.
A whopping 60% of brides revealed they used social media too on their wedding day last year with 15% updating their statuses. ‘#StatusUpdate – Cutting Cake’.
With all this online activity it’s not only the glasses being charged at a wedding.
And the most tech savvy couples are even providing phone charging stations (2%) ensuring that batteries don’t run out of juice before
the guests do.
But social media can also cause tensions with couples even considering eeffectively putting an embargo on their wedding pictures on Facebook until after the evening guests have arrived.
Here’s some suggestions to consider before your big day:
- Decide as a couple on your stance on social media after the proposal. Timing is key. Even your grandma is on Facebook these days! Wouldn’t she appreciate hearing the news in person instead of a status update!
- Share key information from your wedding plans on social media.
- Don’t talk about how much your spending
- Be careful not to over flaunt your wedding to people that aren’t invited. Check your privacy settings. Does your boss really need to see your hen do pictures?
- Keep some things a surprise – Will the ukulele band playing your favourite tunes be something to keep back or sing about on Twitter?
- Send out traditional paper invitations for the main event. But emails are great for pre and post wedding updates or even Save The Dates!
- On the day decide as a couple how to approach social media. If you are wired up set up a hashtag etc But you might want to tell your guests you want to keep the ceremony to yourself, family and close friends.
- If you are embracing it. Take some selfies! Capture your own moment at the time you please. Be sure to save the best parts of your day of unplugged to be in touch with everything and everybody around you.