It's no secret that social media has changed the wedding world for good. Between rules for posting during the ceremony, to the etiquette of sharing your engagement news on Facebook, and the array of creative hashtags now considered a wedding-day necessity, brides-to-be and their close guests are able to share the exciting news, step-by-step, for the world to see. Thanks to Influenster, a community of social media mavens centered around product and trend discovery, we surveyed 3,145 engaged women, bridal party members, and newlyweds, to find out how many people are plugged in from proposal to "I do."
First, let's talk about the power of Pinterest! Obviously, brides-to-be use the photo-driven platform for all-things wedding-related, but they're using it to keep track of celebrity nuptials, too. The famous faces who engaged girls look to most for big-day fashion inspiration? Reality stars Kim Kardashian and Lauren Conrad. (Sorry, Angie.)
Another surprising stat? Only 30 percent of brides-to-be have a pre-determined wedding hashtag, despite the fact that 92 percent of guests would agree to use it if requested. Also brides love updating their relationship status in real time: 64 percent of brides-to-be post their engagement ring immediately, while 25 percent are looking to change their status from "engaged" to "married" at the altar!
As for things we expected from the findings, 95 percent of future Mrs. will share their planning process across social media (even though majority will still like to keep their wedding dress to themselves). Most brides also end up downloading wedding planning apps and find them to be helpful.
How are using social media while wedding planning? Sound off by tweeting us @BRIDES!