Before the rise of technology and social media, weddings started out as a simple ceremony.
A few thousand years later, weddings turn into this grand celebration which became highly publicized on social networking platforms.
How Social Media Evolved Weddings
As social media became part of everyone’s life, new wedding trends have emerged such as the following:
Customized Wedding Hashtags
Every wedding has a customized hashtag, usually a wordplay of the newlyweds’ names. This is so the event coordinator and newlyweds can track the photos, videos, and posts properly. It’s also a great way to consolidate all the wedding-related photos, in case some want to check out what has transpired on the event.
Before, the norm for wedding guests is to have a simple photo-op with the newly-weds. But in the social media age, the traditional photo-ops aren’t enough. Photobooths are also added so guests can take unlimited photos and share it to their social media profiles, thus more online visibility for the said wedding.
Prenup Shoots and Wedding Trailers
Aside from the photo and video coverage of the wedding, couples are also having prenup photoshoots and wedding trailers. This serves as an unofficial invite and somehow hypes the event even more.
Professional Wedding Coverage
Before social media, photos and videos are used to preserve the memories. It doesn’t matter if the lighting is not in its best look or if the wedding video is simply 2-hour unedited footage, as long the wedding is captured, it’s already a success.
Nowadays, wedding coverages have to be professionally done. At some weddings, there are even scripts just to fulfill a movie-like wedding.
Not all trends are extravagant, just like this one. Because of the unlimited information that we have over the web, some couples are looking for ways to save some bucks and doing the preparation of the wedding themselves, working some hacks when it comes to decorations, giveaways, and other aspects of a wedding.
Now that we’ve tackled the social-media-related wedding trends, here are 10 unwritten social media rules for wedding guests.
9 Unwritten Social Media Rules for Wedding Guests
If you’re attending a wedding, make sure to check these rules. By doing these tips, you’ll refrain from having conflicts with the newlyweds, coordinators, or other guests.
#1: Don’t Announce The Wedding Details
If the newlyweds want their wedding to be private, don’t just go all out on your social media profile and announce the whole thing. If they are mum with the details, such as time and venue, then don’t post publicly.
#2: Avoid Posting The Bride and Groom’s Photos Before the Ceremony
It can be tempting to share a story with the bride before the ceremony, but doing this will eliminate the surprise factor, especially if the photo you’re going to share a photo of the bride or groom in their full look.
#3: Follow the Coordinator’s Instructions
If the coordinator has assigned certain instructions such following a blocking for a photoshoot or using a hashtag for posts, follow it thoroughly. Don’t make it hard for the organizers and the newlyweds.
#4: Don’t Spend Your Time On the Phone
Yes, you’re not the one having a wedding, but it doesn’t mean you’ll consider the ceremony or reception as “free time” to scroll on your social network feeds. Watch the ceremony. Enjoy the party. You were invited because the couple wanted you to witness that monumental step in their lives. Don’t take that for granted.
#5: Don’t Livestream the Wedding
Unless you were asked, don’t livestream the wedding. It’s still a private event and your 198 friends don’t have any right to view to see what’s taking place. The couple handed out invites so that only the people that matter to them can witness it.
#6: Don’t Block The Photographer or Videographers
If the wedding coordinator instructed certain blockings, stay on the blockings. Also, don’t block the professional photographers and videographers to take photos. Don’t put the photo-video coverage in jeopardy just because you’re trying to take some shots. You weren’t paid to do that, after all.
#7: Never Complain about the Wedding on Social Media
This is most likely common sense but somehow, a lot of people still do this. If you think the color combination of the motif is bad, keep that to yourself. Don’t go tweeting it to your social networking profile.
By complaining about the mundane things about the wedding instead of being grateful for getting invited, you’re just putting yourself into conflict.
#8: Posts the Photos After a Few Days–Or Ask the Couple About It
If you have some wedding photos that you would like to post, it’s better to post that after a few days, or better yet, ask the couple on messenger if you can post their wedding photos. Some couples prefer the professional shots to be posted first, while others don’t mind it at all.
#9: Don’t Share Unflattering Photos
Even if you look good on the groupie, if the bride seems awkward on the shot, just leave it out. A wedding is a special event– don’t ruin it with some embarrassing photos.
Share your Wedding Memories Here at EyesUP
Attended a wedding? Just got married? Share your wedding memories here in EyesUP.
With EyesUP’s photo sharing features, present your wedding in a simple yet engaging way. You can upload 4 photos per posts, and even include your wedding selfie as one of your profile photos (you can upload up to 6 profile pictures!)
You can also do the following on this social media and messenger app:
- Discover other content creators through the social networking app’s board.
- Customize your profile. You can use 6 photos as your profile picture.
- Broaden your social network through a group chat.
- Have high-quality voice and video calling.
- Share videos and tag your friends and followers.
- Request a feature to the EyesUP Team.
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