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Living in the digital age provides the opportunity for every bride, groom and guest to have immediate access to social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Wedding plans can be shared in the months leading up to the big day, as well as the big day itself. Some couples will revel in the idea of sharing this precious event through social media, cherishing every Tweet, Instagram photo and Facebook post from their wedding day. Others may choose not to have their plans unfold publicly among the social media sites. 

For those couples who embrace social media as a priceless tool in sharing the news and events of their wedding plans, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can play a helpful role in wedding-day preparation. So we have laid out some helpful tips for incorporating social media into your special day.  

THE ENGAGEMENT
Your beloved has popped the question and you have accepted the marriage proposal! Congratulations!  Now before rushing forward with getting the word out, be certain to take a few moments to revel in the occasion and truly enjoy this special time with your fiancé before announcing the engagement to your family and friends. While you are certainly excited to share your boundless joy and good news, remember to pause and embrace the joy you are both feeling – just one on one. 

After you have taken in the moment as a couple, you can then take a deep breath and consider how best to communicate the news. You definitely do not want your parents, siblings, grandparents and closest friends to find out through social media. Make a list of those that you need to talk to, in person or by phone, before considering your social media announcement. Those closest to you will appreciate hearing the big news from you and your fiancé personally. 

Once the news has been shared with loved ones, consider announcing your engagement through social media. Posting a creative photo of you and your fiancé with the obvious inclusion of a beautiful ring on your left hand is one way to go. Remember that your Facebook and Instagram friends want to celebrate this special moment with YOU, so make the social media announcement about your commitment to one another and not just about your ring. After the well wishes and congratulatory comments start coming in, take the time to individually respond and thank those who are sharing in the excitement. It is important to write a personal response to each message. The response does not need to be lengthy, but the personal touch goes a long way toward making them feel included during this special time.
 
PLANNING
The emergence of social media and online inspiration boards has changed the wedding-planning process for many engaged couples. After the engagement, some brides immediately turn to Pinterest and wedding inspiration blogs in search of inspiration. Clearly, it is important to develop a wedding style that truly represents the personality and taste of the couple. Wedding blogs and inspiration boards are a great starting point for brides to begin sorting out different elements of their personal style. Pinterest offers an endless array of ideas for wedding-day details, so it may sometimes seem overwhelming. Obviously no two couples are alike, so in the early stages of the planning process it is best to simply absorb the information you favor and later sort through whether it is truly a best fit for you and your fiancé. Keep in mind that some brides enjoy using Pinterest as a helpful tool to share ideas with the wedding party, family members and wedding vendors so they can weigh in on different options. 
We encourage you to visit neweddingday.com and neweddingdayblog.com for the latest wedding inspiration and information on the area’s most experienced wedding professionals. You can easily connect with area vendors in over 30 categories with just a click. As a registered bride on our website, you can also SAVE your favorites to revisit as your planning process continues. Don’t miss our online venue guide with more than 80 venues to compare as you are selecting the most appropriate venue for your wedding.

When done tastefully and in moderation, sharing information on social media during your wedding-planning process is a wonderful way to keep your friends and relatives feeling included and in touch with this momentous occasion. You might consider posting progress updates, registry information or an occasional photo of you and your guy enjoying this uniquely special time in your lives.

THE WEDDING DAY
Some couples are using social media throughout their wedding day to document the joyous event. Creating a wedding hashtag for your guests to use on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook is the first step. Then share your hashtag via appropriate signage to notify your guests. Creating a hashtag unique to your event will allow you to go back after your wedding day and take a look at your wedding from the perspective of your guests! Using social media during your wedding will also allow you to share your special day with guests who could not attend through guest posts or live streaming of your event.  

UNPLUGGED WEDDING
A social media wedding may not be the best fit for all couples. You may prefer to see the faces of your guests during the ceremony instead of the back of their smart phones. An unplugged wedding also limits the chances of your guests interfering with your photographer capturing those must-have photos. Restricting social media during the ceremony and reception may be the best option for those couples who want their guests to remove themselves from technology and simply enjoy the special day with the bride and groom. 

If you choose to have an unplugged wedding, what does that mean? Do you want to have just an unplugged ceremony where your guests tuck away their phone only for the vows? Or do you want to have an unplugged day, where your guests are asked not to take photos with their phones for the duration of the festivities? Once you decide, you will want to find the best way to communicate your wishes to your guests. You can consider implementing one or all of the following: (1) include the announcement discreetly on the wedding program, (2) create signage to place at the entrance to the ceremony, (3) have your bridal party spread the word and (4) ask your officiant to make an announcement once everyone has been seated.     

Whether you have a full-blown social media wedding day or a discrete unplugged ceremony, the key is to tell your guests so they aren’t left guessing whether or not they can share your day online. Be clear whether it’s okay for them to post any special moments while in attendance. Your guests will be happy to follow your requests and enjoy your wedding day with or without social media. |NWD|