Even ten years ago, using social media at a wedding was virtually unheard of. Fast-forward to 2016 and the UK’s very first ‘social media wedding’ was hosted by Zoe Anastasi and Will Diggins. With family based all over the world, the couple opted to live stream the big day via Twitter to allow people from across the globe to enjoy their big day.
While you might not want to go that far, there are plenty of ways to use social media to enhance your big day. For many couples, the excitement starts from the moment you post the ‘I said yes’ photo on Instagram.
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The big announcement
Getting engaged is one of the most exciting moments in our lives, so many people can’t wait to share it across their social networks. Don’t forget to share your big news with your nearest and dearest before posting all over the internet. Your mum might not be very pleased to find out via Facebook after all…
The big reveal
One of the most exciting things for wedding guests is taking everything in when they arrive, enjoying with you the way you have chosen to celebrate your big day. We all love to hit Instragram or Pinterest for some serious #weddinginspo but leave the reveal for the big day. Posting too much about anything from your dress to the flowers could invite unwelcome input, so some things are best kept quiet.
More and more, we are seeing personalised hashtags used at weddings to allow guests to share their photos and experiences with the happy couple. It’s a brilliant way to reflect on your big day and enjoy those memories – remember to pick something unique though so you don’t get muddled with other couples.
If you’re happy with your guests snapping away on the big day, why not provide them with selfie sticks as wedding favours? You could even have them printed with your wedding hashtag to encourage guests to share their memories. Or if you’d rather someone else took care of it, check out our photo booth partners Pineapple Photo Booths for something a bit different.
Going unplugged is cool too
While many couples love the idea of their friends and family sharing their memories online, for some keeping it private is more important. Requesting a social media ban on your big day is perfectly acceptable – just be sure to include this on your invitation to avoid any awkward conversations on the day. Leaving your own phone in the bridal suite will lead the way for your guests. The relationship status update can wait until later…
Get in touch
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading the blog and have picked up some tips for using social media (or not!) on your wedding day. If you’d like to find out more about find out more about me and my style of wedding photography, I’d love to hear from you. I’m based in Manchester and work throughout the North West. I also love shooting weddings abroad, so please do get in touch if you’re considering a destination wedding.
If you’re getting married, do send me an email or give me a call to find out more about my packages and availability.