Social media can easily become the bane of an engaged couple's existence. Those who wish to trumpet news of their wedding plans to the world can do so with a few swipes of their phone; however, so can the rest of their attendees. So what is a bride to do when her intimate celebration is being shared with the world by a social media-obsessed friend? Our etiquette experts weigh in on how to keep the world wide web from ruining your wedding.
In the modern age of wedding hashtags and wedding websites, it is quite simple to assume that a couple will encourage its guests to Instagram and tweet to their hearts' content. However, if you covet a more private wedding, you must inform your guests. A simple sit-down with the friend in quest will serve to solve the situation, followed by an email to your nearest and dearest explaining your requests.
When you have your friend's attention, gently explain that you've envisioned an intimate, private wedding with little social media attention. Make sure to emphasize that you appreciate her enthusiasm for the wedding, but wish to keep the majority of the wedding particulars personal — this especially applies if your bridesmaids is letting secret details slip throughout the events leading up to your big day! You will have to nip it in the but before your nuptials even happen.
If you imagine that other guests may follow suit and post to social media, include a line in your invitation or compose a dedicated email entreating guests to keep the event's details confidential by refraining from social media posts on the big day. While restricting social media may contradict modern norms, your wedding will feel more exclusive and special.