Is Social Media Invited to Your Wedding?

hashtage_weddingIn the always on social media connected world, the line between public and private are constantly being blurred. As if the planning isn’t stressful enough, according to Digital Trends, social media is the new wedding crasher.

“The wedding photographer is no longer the primary source for pictures from the event – thanks to camera phones and social media, every guest is a potential shutterbug,” writes author Kates Knibbs.

Pictures taken by guests are hardly a new phenomenon. How many of us have been to weddings where disposable cameras were distributed to the guests in the hopes of capturing candid moments the bride and groom are inevitably too busy to capture themselves? However, in the case of the disposable cameras, the wedding couple has control over the photos, and can pick which images wind up in the scrapbook or posted online.

This is in stark contrast with the scenario Knibbs describes, “For every expertly framed and oh-so-adorable snapshot of grandparents moseying in a romantic waltz, there might be twenty shots tagged on Instagram and Facebook showing friends from college doing vodka shots in the bathroom.”

Of course, for some people, social media is an important extension of their network, which they actively work to include in the festivities. I’ve heard talk of streaming wedding ceremonies for friends around the world. What about inviting Twitter friends to the wedding? And nothing is more indicative of being internet people than organizing a Harlem Shake during the wedding reception and loading it up while the party is still going.

For those who would prefer their nuptials remain private and within their control, the bride and groom can simply ask guests to respect their privacy by not post pictures to social media. But in today’s hyper connected world, sharing the wedding on social media could become a growing trend.

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