Once upon a time, wedding etiquette was about what a guest should wear, can I bring a plus one or to gift or to do a wishing well.
In the world of wedding hashtags, spontaneous status updates and tweets, we bring you our top tips of #weddingsocialmediaetiquette surrounding this trend.
Our tips for the bride and groom.
1. Decide what you want from the start and send out a clear message ahead of your wedding to guests to let them know your expectations which will prevent any fall-outs. Remeber it's ok to be tech-free on your day just communicate this well.
2. Keep your details a suprise and avoid posting detailed updates and photos of things like a flower trial or menu tasting, so that guests have some “surprises” on the day.
3 Think about the pros and cons. If you have loved ones who are unable to attend, social media is a terrific way for them to feel involved in your big day.
4. If you decide to allow guests to post on social media platforms, pick a hashtag and let everyone know on the invite. Usually the trend is a mash-up of the couples surnames – try to pick something that is uniquely yours e.g. #gillardmaughan2016
Con's... a pro-social media approach could also ruin the surprise element, therefore another suggestion is to ask guests to refrain from social media until a certain time after the ceremony or wedding day.
Our tips for the guests:
1. Think before you post and hold-off till the time is right, remember today is not about you e.g. photos of the bride before her groom has seen her is a definate no no! So put your phone away and enjoy the day.
2. And, if the couple haven't advertised a dedicated wedding hashtag, it is considered polite to wait to post pictures until after the bride or groom have done so first. When in doubt, don’t post.
There are many articles online giving guidance to brides and grooms for their big! Day. Here's one by Social Weddings R us on this ever-evolving topic.
P.s check out their extremely cute wedding Twitter logo.