Hey there, beautiful people! Today, let’s chat about something close to my heart and, let’s be honest, our everyday lives – social media. But not just any social media – I’m talking about the do’s and don’ts of wedding social media etiquette. Yes, it’s a thing, and yes, it’s as important as choosing the right filter for that selfie.
Before the Wedding: Building the Hype
Before your big day, social media is like your hype squad. It’s where you share those adorable engagement photos (captured by yours truly, of course), count down the days, and maybe even throw in a cheeky hashtag. A key point to remember, however, is that less is truly more. Keep some details a surprise for the big day. Trust me, the suspense will make your guests all the more excited to celebrate your love.
During the Wedding Day: To Post or Not to Post?
Do you go for a totally and fully unplugged wedding, or embrace the digital age and tell the day as it unfolds? My take, as it is with most things, is balance. Encourage your guests to be present, maybe even have a cute sign asking them to keep their phones away during the ceremony, but then create a fun hashtag for them to use during the reception.. Let them snap away and share their memories – just make sure they’re using that hashtag so you can find those photos to save as a part of your wedding photography keepsakes.
After the Wedding: Sharing the Love
After the wedding, it’s all about reliving those beautiful moments. This is the time to flood your feed with love, laughter, and a whole lot of pictures. Share your favorite shots, tag your fabulous vendors (wink wink), and thank your guests for making your day special. But remember, be gracious. Not everyone wants their dance moves on the internet (and legally, they can ask for that privacy). The biggest part of wedding social media etiquette is making sure everyone feels safe and comfortable with how they are presented online.
A Few Golden Rules Regarding Wedding Social Media Etiquette
- Always ask permission before posting pictures of others.
- Think twice before oversharing (do your friends really need to see your 100th selfie with your bouquet?).
- Respect the privacy of your event – some moments are just meant to be shared with those who were there.
Remember, it’s all about creating a balance between sharing your joy and maintaining the intimacy of your special day.
Can’t wait to see how you rock your wedding social media game–and feel free to tag me in anything @kaylaleephotomn on IG and TikTok!
Kayla Lee is a Minnesota-based wedding and elopement photographer (and handcrafter and designer on the side). She serves elegant, authentic, sentimental couples who not only choose their own adventures, but also live them to the fullest! See more about the KLP Wedding Experience!