Thinking about adding some Instagram/Facebook social media sauce to your wedding, but not sure where to start? No Problem! We've collected the best ideas from around the web and collected them here in our guide just for you!
Encouraging your guests to use Social Media at your wedding in a fun way doesn't have to take you a lot of time and can be a great way of capturing your big day!
SOCIAL MEDIA vs AN UPLUGGED WEDDING DAY
Social media at your wedding can be a fun addition or become a bore... It creates more excitement and buzz around weddings than ever before. However, in times where our electronic life sometimes seems to take over real-life, how do you know when too much is just too much? We would say let your audience know how you feel about the use of social media on your wedding day. For instance, you might want to tell your guests you want to keep the ceremony to yourself, family and close friends. After all, this is the moment it’s all about! You don’t want your guests miss the actual tying the knot while they’re looking at their phone or tablet screen. Then you can let the reception be a free-for-all (we'll guide you through that bit later!) You can also use social media to easily reach everybody for any last minute changes, for example venue changes due to weather reasons. But make sure your Facebook/Social media rookie friends and family receive the info as well!
INSTAGRAM/FACEBOOK AT YOUR WEDDING
The Do's & Don'ts
DO CHOOSE A WEDDING HASHTAG
A great place to start is the wedding hashtag. It can be a fun thing to come up with that says something about you or just something simple that your guests can quickly add to their posts. Its a fantastic way to gather pics post-wedding when you're relaxing on your honeymoon beach and wondering what your guests were up to while you weren't around! Or simply you will find some lovely, real shots of you are your partner. Struggling to think of a hashtag for your wedding? Visit this website and use their hashtag generator which will give you exactly what you're looking for some nice ideas.
DON'T SHARE PICS BEFORE THE EVENING GUESTS ARRIVE
Most couples will want their evening guests to get the same surprise as the morning guests did. We’ve even heard plenty of horror stories where bridesmaids are so keen they upload pictures of the bride to social media before the ceremony has even begun! Surely posting those selfies can wait just a few hours more...?
DO TAKE SELFIES
Capture your own moment at the time you please. Be sure not to overdo it though. It’s your wedding, enjoy the best day of your life unplugged, to be in touch with everything and everybody around you.
DON'T OBSTRUCT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
This is more of a note to the guests than the happy couple! We’ve seen it so many times: perfect aisle shots shattered because there’s a sea of smart phones being stuck out by guests, trying to nab their shots too. You have usually invested a lot in a photographer for the big day and chosen them carefully. So make sure they are given space to work their magic because the results will probably be better than your shaky/blurry shot of nothing!
DO CREATE A WEDDING HASHTAG SIGN
Creating a fun piece of signage for people to hold during picture taking can be a great way to spread your hashtag whilst also serving as a great prop for people to interact with! Can't think of a design for your sign - visit WeddingHashtagWall and they have some great templates which you can lift straight off!
DON'T BE ON YOUR PHONE ALL DAY
You and your new other half are there to live the moment and enjoy the day. Put away your phone and have fun!
DO USE FACEBOOK LIVE
If some of your closest family and friends aren't able to make it, using Facebook Live is a great way to make them feel like they are there. Assign one person to stream parts of your wedding live. (Decide beforehand which parts of the day you want broadcast.) Since Facebook Live can be recorded on a phone, it won't feel intrusive if just one person takes the reins on that and makes sure the best parts of your wedding are captured for those who aren't there.
This is just a guide and its of course its your wedding day so pick and choose what works for you! But whether you go for social media and your wedding or not we would recommend a mobile charging point. Instagram or not your guests will undoubtedly want to use their mobiles at some point and having a charging station will leave them free to enjoy your day and not worry about their 8% battery life...!