We all know that social media appears to have taken over the world, we use it everyday – scrolling through page after page to keep in touch with friends, work, catching up on news and now we are even using it for weddings.
I have seen a huge increase in clients asking for social media details to be included on their wedding stationery. It’s a fantastic way to keep your guests updated on details, and to showcase your special day.
So, how can we use social media to make our special day that little bit more spectacular?
Research your Themes
Obviously this is a given. What bride or groom doesn’t head straight to the internet to research ideas. Ask for recommendations on Facebook. Scroll through Pinterest and create a wedding board, or two, or as many as like; one for each element of your wedding (dress, flowers, invitations, food… ). Remember to make these private if you don’t want ‘Sharon’ down the road stealing your ideas!
Set up a private Facebook group with your wedding guests, for your bridesmaids or family – you can have as many as you like. It’s a great way to keep everyone updated of any alterations, or additional details they might need to know, without going to the hassle of trying to contact everyone individually. Obviously there will be those that don’t use Facebook, but this will lighten the load for you slightly.
It’s also a great place for everyone to share photos of the run up to the wedding and of the big day. If you’re not a fan of Facebook then set up a WhatsApp group, but do be prepared for your phone to beep constantly.
Celebrate your Big Day with a Hashtag
This is huge right now. With the popularity of Instagram and Twitter forever growing, bride and grooms are all choosing to add a hashtag to their stationery.
Excite your guests with images of the run up to the wedding and your planning journey. And after the big day sit back and enjoy as people post photos of the fun they had (you will be busy and you may not get to see what everyone is up to).
Do remember to set some guidelines though. Brief your ushers and bridesmaids about what you do and don’t want so that they can keep an eye on guests and enforce the ‘rules’. You may want to be posting photos from the minute you wake up, or you may want certain moments to remain private, make sure that everyone knows and don’t forget to advise your guests not to be snapping and tweeting throughout the ceremony!
Pick a hashtag that is personal to you. Do a search before hand to check that it isn’t already being overused. Hashtags like #ourwedding or #we’regettingmarried will leave you scrolling through photo after photo of couples you don’t know. Try amalgamating your names or adding a date. Just don’t make it too long, you want your guests to be able to type it in quickly and correctly.
Feeling a Little Apprehensive?
If you really want social media to be involved in your wedding day, but are a little cautious about images that may appear of you (let’s be honest, there will definitely be a photo of you looking gormless into space, or chomping down on a piece of cake), then bump up your privacy settings on sites like Facebook. This way you can control which photos do and which don’t appear on your profile.
Make your day a celebration and get everyone involved!