Photo: Brant Smith Photography
It's one thing to upload a photo of the bride before she's even walked down the aisle (a huge no-no!), but what about at the end of the evening...is that cool? We answer this burning etiquette question and offer more sound advice on the common yet seldom discussed topic of posting wedding pictures on social media post-wedding.
Ask for permission first
According to national etiquette expert Diane Gottsman, owner of The Protocol School of Texas, guests should never post pictures of the bride and groom until they get the go ahead. Unless stated otherwise (for example, there's a wedding hashtag sign encouraging guests to Instagram photos), it's up to the couple to post the first picture, which also includes the wedding venue and fellow guests, she says. "There's always a chance that feelings could get hurt when someone sees posts from the big day, and they realize they weren't included."
Don't upload any potentially embarrassing pictures of guests
This goes for both the bride and groom and other wedding guests too. You can take pictures of your child if they're part of the wedding or even a selfie of you and your spouse, but don't post any pictures of guests gone wild on the dance floor or anything that would make someone feel uneasy, warns Gottsman. "Certainly don't tag anyone without their permission!"
Try not to over share
Yes, we know it's tempting to post every single picture your photographer sends you because, of course, they're all freaking awesome. However, refrain from bombarding your friends and family (and tell mom to do the same) with a billion wedding-related photos all at once. Otherwise, you may find yourself de-friended or unfollowed real quick. Instead, narrow down your favorites and create an album on Facebook or share different shots over the course of the year. We see lots of #tbt pics in your future!