Wedding Etiquette

Social Media Wedding Etiquette Rules You Need to Know

Social Media Wedding Etiquette Rules
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If you’re planning a wedding you might want to check out these social media wedding etiquette rules or else run the risk of offending your guests. There really is such a thing as TMI. During the planning stages before the nuptials  use common sense before blurting the latest snag or success to your entire friends list. Do make sure to post information your guests actually need to know and when tweeting and sharing personal details on the big day be sure you’re not missing out on the really special moments that will never come again, says Carey Gordon in the Huffington Post.

Social Media Wedding Etiquette Rules You Need to Know

According to this study 48 percent of 18-34 year olds check Facebook when they wake up, with 28 percent doing so before they even get out of bed. Some people use Facebook and Twitter obsessively and often forget to tell big news in person before posting it to their social media world. For example, the motivation for writing this article? I recently found out my brother is engaged — by reading his girlfriend’s Facebook post. Seriously, true story.

Some things, such as your engagement announcement (I am speaking to you brother) should be done in person or at the very least over the phone. However, social media CAN be very helpful when planning your wedding. There are a lot of great tools out there that are helpful and won’t take you into that ‘you’ve gone too far’ zone.

· Social wedding planning tools such as a blog or wedding website allow you to update all of your guests on any changes that may affect them. If there’s a last minute time or venue change this is a good way to get the word out. Wedding websites also allow your guests to leave comments and questions for you. And as a bonus it’s always nice to hear congratulations and well wishes from those you love.

· Get in touch with vendors using Twitter and Facebook. Most vendors keep their social media channels up to date so you always have the most current information and, as most upkeep is done daily, they are readily reachable by sending a message.

· On a smaller scale, if you’re looking to keep your bridesmaids on the up and up, consider using a specific Twitter hashtag or creating an invite-only event on Facebook.

Click here to read more in the Huffington Post Weddings Section

In most families you will have a mixture of people who use the internet in varying degrees. Mainly the older generation but also others, may not really use internet technology at all. In those cases, the bride and groom or other designated contacts would be responsible for keeping offline guests informed about all the pertinent wedding arrangements. As more couples begin using social media for sharing engagement and wedding planning and events, images and all kinds of information they should keep in mind these basic wedding etiquette rules.

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