Modern Wedding TECH-tiquette

As much as we might like to pretend otherwise, wedding etiquette is not as cut-and-dry as it used to be. Thanks to the increasing pervasiveness of social media and modern technology, wedding etiquette is being completely redefined to include social media. Here are a few key reminders for today's tech-savvy bride.


Tell Your Close Friends And Family Before Making Public Announcements
With the continued growth of social media, publicly announcing your engagement has never been easier. However, your parents, siblings, grandparents, and best friends will probably be incredibly hurt if they hear about your engagement announcement on Facebook just like everybody else - and rightly so. Keep the peace by telling your close friends and family before making your big announcement post.

Don't Overwhelm Your Friends' News Feeds
Pinterest, Loverly, and other planning sites can be hugely helpful to anyone planning a wedding, but we recommend that you don't allow these sites to post to Facebook automatically. If this permission is enabled, you may be inadvertently flooding your friends' news feeds every time you sit down to plan your wedding.

Another thing to keep in mind: rather than posting individual pictures or statuses along every step of the planning process, wait and post a status or album of pictures that covers several of your planning endeavors. This way, your friends will be excited to see what you've been up to - rather than getting overwhelmed by your constant updates. (The same goes for counting down to the big day - publish these posts sparingly!)

Keep Your Posts Positive
With social media constantly at our fingertips, many of us are tempted to post frequently so our friends can share in our excitement and offer sympathy for our troubles. Weddings are extremely emotional for everyone involved, though, and a post that presents your wedding in an even remotely negative light may result in undesired consequences.

Rather than venting your frustrations on Facebook or Twitter, you can keep things positive by addressing any issues in person with the other people involved. If necessary, remind your close friends and family members to keep these conversations private as well. Save social media for the happy topics.

Let Your Guests Know What To Expect
Recent surveys show that guests are extremely divided on what they believe to be proper etiquette when it comes to cell phone usage during weddings. Couples also differ greatly on their opinions regarding technology on their big days. Some brides and grooms encourage their guests to take and post pictures during the ceremony and reception, whereas other are horrified at the idea of their guests exposing their private moments. There is no right or wrong answer, but it's important to discuss your feelings with your groom and make sure you convey your wishes to your guests.

Have Fun!
Modern technology is awesome - as long as you don't fall victim to these technological faux pas, you will be able to use technology to help you plan (and celebrate) a truly spectacular wedding day.

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