Updated: Aug 23
Now that we’ve explored all the amazing ways social media can enhance weddings, let’s review social media etiquette for guests. One of the best aspects of social media is the ability to capture every moment, big or small, and preserve it forever—but that can also be the worst part of social media. That’s why it’s vital to make sure everyone understands how to properly use social media when commemorating one of the most important days in someone’s life. (Feel free to share these dos and don’ts with your own guests.)
1. Do Respect the Couple’s Wishes.
You may be excited for the day, but it’s nothing compared to how excited the couple is, so it’s important to remember that it is their big day and what they say goes. They may be obsessed with Instagram and want every moment documented, they may ask that you only take pictures at certain times, or they may opt for total privacy and ask all guests to put their phones away. Whatever the case, respect it.
2. Don’t Interfere with the Professional Photographer.
Professional wedding photographers can charge thousands of dollars for a reason. You may take a gorgeous brunch or sunset picture, but that doesn’t mean you’re on the same level as a professional. Let them do their job to capture this once-in-a-lifetime day.
3. Do Stay Positive.
It’s tempting to mock someone’s outlandish dance moves, post a rolling eye emoji during the rambling best-man speech, or show the whole world how the bride broke her heel when she threw the bouquet, but resist the urge to post these #fails. Weddings are a time of joy and new beginnings, not a time to judge. That’s why you should only share warm wishes, happy guests, and flattering pictures of the couple.