Should social media have a part in your wedding?

Credit: iStock
Credit: iStock

Instagram, Twitter, tagging on Facebook and yes, even pinning to your wedding board during your own wedding can be rather controversial. 

Is it still possible for us to enjoy an event, a walk on the beach or even a meal without sharing it with the entire globe? 

For many the use of social media on their big day is a massive no-no while others even employ their very own ‘tweeter of honour’ to share every tiny detail with those, perhaps, not lucky enough to be invited.

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Haven’t decided whether you want a social media friendly or unfriendly wedding? Here are a few points to be made in favour and against:

To wedding hashtag or not to wedding hashtag?

Celebrities like socialite and model Poppy Delevingne actually warned her guests beforehand that social media was, in fact, banned from her nuptials.  

Sure Kim K did the same with her guests. Although this is a great way for celebrities to keep their dress, attendees and decor a secret from the ever-watchful and curious public and paparazzi; why would us ‘normal’ folk want this?

Well, for starters you don’t want people who weren’t invited to have some begrudging feelings towards you. 

Seeing the wonderful spoils of the day, might just leave a bitter taste in their mouths; much more so than if they didn’t see the opulent event images splattered across their Facebook news or Instagram feed.

Secondly, you don’t want people staring at their phones screens all night instead of your dress or listening to your new husband gush about how wonderful you are in his speech.

On the other hand, sharing pictures under a specific hashtag is basically the new version of the disposable cameras. 

Instead of giving people disposable cameras to snap their own pics of the day, let them snap and share their pics using their phone and then sharing it with a specific hashtag, e.g. #SharonCarlwedding. 

You can then go and search for those stolen moments the next day. So easy.

How do you make people aware of the wedding hashtag? Include a hashtag on your invite, on the table menu or on blackboards in and around the venue.

To go behind the scenes or not to?

This could be quite a lot of fun actually. Ask your bridesmaids to share a few moments of you getting ready. Be it snaps of bubbly, your make-up being done or your wedding shoes. 

This is just to give people a taste of what’s to come. Yet, one point to be made is that on your wedding day you should keep away from your phone at all costs. 

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This will only stress you out as you are sure to get millions of messages, calls etc. Turn it off!

Rather ask your bridesmaids to share a few (two or three) pictures to build anticipation. Again, we don’t want to irritate those Facebook friends who failed to make the cut.

To live-tweet or not to live-tweet?

Never do this - unless you are maybe Rihanna or Miley Cyrus. Just don’t.

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