While the explosion of mobile technology affords people so many benefits, it also comes with its own set of negatives. This is never clearer than when technology and weddings converge. Some will use their power for good, while others just can’t seem to draw the line between appropriate and tacky. Do you know how to handle technology at weddings?
The Technology Do’s of Weddings
Whether you’re planning the wedding or attending it, here are useful ways technology can be tastefully used to make the day that much better:
- Do: Google it. The popular search engine is your best friend when it comes to finding out information on local wedding venues, top-rated florists, and firsthand testimonials regarding things like wedding bands, caterers, and more.
- Do: Instagram. One of the most popular trends in weddings is to post pictures on Instagram using a personalized hashtag. If you’re going to do this, just make sure everyone clearly understands what your hashtag is. You don’t want half a dozen different ones floating around in cyberspace.
- Do: Create a Pinterest board. Pinterest is literally a bride’s best friend. As soon as you get engaged – if not before – start collecting ideas that you like. This is the easiest way to show your wedding planner your style and taste. (Hint: be sure to make your board private so all your guests don’t know everything about your wedding before the day arrives).
- Do: Turn off your phone. This one goes out to the guests. Nothing is tackier or more obnoxious than a phone ringing during the wedding ceremony. Turn it off prior to the event and leave it off until the ceremony is completely over.
The Technology Don’ts of Weddings
While there is plenty use for technology in weddings, there is ample room for mistakes. Read up and don’t fall prey to the following:
- Don’t: Prematurely send pictures. It’s a definite no-no to send pictures before the wedding ceremony starts. It doesn’t matter if you’re best friends with the bride and had fun taking selfies while getting ready. All pictures should wait until after the ceremony to be posted on social media.
- Don’t: Snap pictures during the ceremony. There’s a reason the bride and groom hired a professional photographer to document their big day. They don’t need you to take a picture when they’re walking down the aisle. Put your camera away and enjoy the moment.
- Don’t: Critique a wedding on social media. Anything and everything you post on social media is for the public to see. Don’t explain to the world how much you hate the bridesmaid’s dresses. It’ll eventually come back to you.
- Don’t: Change your Facebook status immediately. This one is for the bride and groom. You don’t want to be that couple that changes their Facebook status right after the nuptials. Enjoy your day, take a relaxing honeymoon, and take care of it another time.
It may seem tricky trying to navigate weddings in a world of tech-savvy guests, but it can be done. By following these simple do’s and don’ts, you can ensure weddings go as planned.