If you’re attending a wedding, it’s expected that you’ll share it on social media. Event organizers even encourage guests to share their photos, providing them with personalized hashtags for the couple.
But then again, before you pick up your smartphone and start posting, also consider the unwritten social media etiquette at weddings. This is to give the couple, organizers, and other guests a peaceful wedding experience.
It’s normal to get excited about one’s engagement, especially if the one getting engaged is someone very close to you. But never try to announce someone’s engagement on social media platforms. Let the couple have that moment. Don’t steal their spotlight.
If the wedding organizers established wedding rules, follow it. If the couple requested for an unplugged wedding (no mobile devices during the whole ceremony), follow it instead of whining and sneakily checking your messenger.
If you’re one of the bridesmaid/Groomsmen, it can be tempting to share selfies with the bride/groom on social media platforms. But posting pictures of the bride and the groom before the actual wedding might ruin the surprise effect. Just keep those pictures until the end of the wedding.
Here’s the thing: You’re a wedding guest, not the official photographer. Don’t walk around the venue taking shots as if you were paid to do that. Stop ruining the shots. Photographers can only do so much with the post-prod process. Don’t make it harder for them by editing your blocked hand in a walking-down-the-aisle shot.
Enjoy the wedding! The couple wanted to celebrate this important occasion with you. Don’t be plain rude.
Weddings are a private event. You’re supposed to be watching and celebrating it with them, not sharing it with your 1000+ friends and followers. You weren’t there for that purpose– you’re violating their privacy.
We get that you’re super excited to share the photos. But before hitting your social media apps, ask the couple first. Maybe they prefer to have their professional shots released first.
Don’t like the appetizer? You think the bride’s gown a bit tacky for her looks? Annoyed with the groom’s nephew running around. Here’s what you do: Get your phone and do nothing about it. Respect the newlywed couple. Keep those unnecessary opinions to yourself, as tweeting about will only lead to conflicts.