Brides today are faced with a dilemma that was not necessary a decade ago. If left to their mothers or older wedding planners the dilemma could go undetected and end up causing a fret before, during and even after the wedding. The dilemma comes from the extensive use of social media.
In making plans for the wedding, Brides must now take into consideration social media and how they will use it as well as how they will allow their own wedding to be shared across the globe by others. Overlooking the issue could cause problems and therefore a Bride and those assisting in preparations, whether it's the mother, aunt, friend or professional planner, everyone involved needs to face the issue head on.
In the beginning stages of planning, a Bride must consider if she wants to use social media to share information about her plans. Bridesmaids and Groomsmen will be quite excited and are likely to share much of the preparations and plans online. Some will go as far as to post pictures of themselves trying on their wedding attire. Therefore the Bride and Groom must express their wishes in the very beginning as to how much and what can be shared online.
If the Bride wants the bridal party’s wedding attire to be publically seen for the first time as the attendants come down the aisle then she needs to express that she does not want any pictures or details shared online.
Experts even warn that shower pictures should be censored so that gifts are not shown in pictures or thieves will have a full view of what could be stolen while everyone is away at the wedding venue or on the honeymoon. Posting information about being gifted Great-Grandma’s complete 12-piece serving of antique silver might not be something to share with the general public.
The day of the wedding has its own special considerations and need for set guidelines. Will guests be asked to put away their electronic devices? Will they be allowed to personally film the ceremony with their smartphones or iPads and then self-post them to YouTube? How will the reception be handled and what will be allowed to be recorded and posted? Can guest immediately share your reception photos on Instagram?
It is unstated that people should allow the Bride and Groom to first publish their own photos and guests post their own afterwards, but not everyone will take social manners into consideration. Guidelines should clearly be set. Wishes of the couple can be communicated subtly through the wedding program, through a framed message on the guest book table, or announced live by the wedding officiate or reception’s master of ceremony.
Social media can enhance a wedding by offering the opportunity for those that want to share in the planning process or those not attending the event to participate. Many couples use Twitter hashtags for posts and set up Twitter and Facebook Fan Pages for their wedding and put up regular updates. Some couples also blog regularly from their engagement through their honeymoon to share info and photos.
There are many places to discover ideas and considerations concerning social media use online including sites such as The Knot and Pinterest. By being prepared and making preparations the couple can consider social media an asset rather than a hindrance to making their wedding day special.
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