The Pros and Cons of Posting and Hashtagging Your Big Day
To tweet, or not to tweet, that is the question many brides and grooms are asking themselves leading up to their big day. Forty percent of wedding guests said social media posts were encouraged at weddings they attended in the last year, according to a recent survey from Wedding Paper Divas. But will you say, “I do” to Facebooking on your wedding day? When it comes to getting hitched in the digital age, the question of how to handle social media is right up there with selecting invitations and choosing a dessert.
Let’s face it, nearly everyone has gone digital. Right now, your 7-year-old nephew is probably tweeting about the Little League World Series, your aunt is commenting on your Facebook status, heck, your grandma is probably even calling you from FaceTime! So, there’s no surprise many couples are now asking their guests to use specific hashtags when they post a picture or status update during the wedding. This new trend makes it easy for couples to search for their hashtag on various social media outlets and then find all of the different pictures guests snapped from their smartphones.
Recently married PR pro Jenna Amato says she used an Instagram hashtag at her wedding by creating signs that read, “If you use Twitter or Instagram, use #AmatoPartyof2 to help us capture our special day!”
“Guests uploaded close to 150 photos,” gushed Amato. “I got to see some amazing ceremony photos that I wouldn’t have necessarily seen until I receive the proofs back from my professional photographer.”
Amato is one of many brides who jumped on the tweeting trend for their big day. Some bridesmaids are even doing the same for bachelorette parties, dubbing the big bashes with names like, “#SaraPalooza” or “#FeliciaFest” when posting their photos. However, not every bride is interested in tweeting, posting and Instagramming their way to the alter.
Amber Harrison, the wedding-etiquette expert at Wedding Paper Divas, says she has heard about far too many social-media mishaps. “Recently, an overzealous bridesmaid snapped a photo of the bride just after she donned her dress,” explains Harrison. “Unfortunately, she posted that picture to Facebook before the wedding ceremony and the groom saw his bride for the first time as a miniature on his phone screen, as opposed to walking down the aisle toward him.”