With the rise of social media and almost everyone owning iPhones or smart phones it’s easy to see how times have changed. Social Media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest have connected us to friends, relatives and strangers wherever they are in the world, allowing us to talk about whatever is on our mind, any time of day. Basically, the trick is to not give too much away while indulging in your need to share. Keep your social media messages short and sweet. Think of them as a teaser, trailer for your wedding or main event and keep everyone guessing until the very last minute.
Here is my social media advice if you are taking this path to promote pre & post of your wedding:-
1. Pre-Wedding Preparations.
Introducing wedding attendees online before the big day can help you avoid any day-of awkwardness. This will give people the chance to break the ice and virtually get to k now a little about everyone else.
Help your guest’s mix, mingle and stay in the loop with a private social network created just for engaged couples, like OneWed‘s Wedding Pre-Party.
Wedding Pre-Party allows wedding guests to see who’s invited to the wedding (and lets the singles scope potential hotties before they meet face-to-face), interact and post comments on a wall, upload photos from pre-wedding parties and post-wedding, and much more.
If you’d like to skip the specialized sites route, you could also create a pre-party on Facebook using its “Groups” functionality. This can be a clever way to avoid cluttering the news feeds of folks not invited to the wedding, both before and after the event.
2. Appoint a Chief Tweeter
If you want your wedding to be recorded for posterity in 140-character posts, then let people know and even encourage them to get involved by creating a hash tag.
Tell your bridal party it’s OK to tweet! Create a hash tag for sharing your event. This will make all tweets from your day easy to find later on and helps to create a feeling of celebration for your guests.
Print up some tented cards on your menu or program with the hash tag for your event and encourage your guests to send you their well wishes, touching moments and snap shots. These are moments that otherwise would have been missed.
You can take this even further by appointing a “Chief Tweeter” — or several — to document your day.
Have an Official Tweeter and Well Wishing Station — have one or more ‘Tweets of Honor.’ Have some technologically obsessed friends? This is a great job for them! These folks can quietly tweet from a corner as not to be obtrusive or can come out of the shadows and provide you with a full on social media guest book station.
And you can even incorporate social media into the more traditional parts of the day. In addition to reading cards and messages out loud from family and friends that couldn’t make it, why not read messages from Facebook and Twitter too?
Have your Tweet of Honor compile some well wishes that have been tweeted out and share them during the toasts. This can be a very fun twist on the traditional toasting time.
3. Live Stream for Those Who Can’t Make It
Thanks to the wonders of modern tech, nowadays you can share your special moments with people who can’t make it in person. Ustream is one such site that can help you share your ceremony with those well-wishing from afar.
Live weddings give our users an opportunity to experience Ustream in a completely new way. It’s very exciting to see our broadcasters offer unfiltered access to the best moments of their lives. That’s one of the many reasons we’re here.
The use of Ustream to share (publicly or privately) your day live online for friends and family that cannot make it to your ceremony is especially useful for those having destination weddings. If Great Grandmother cannot make it, she can still virtually attend and share in your joy.
Then, when the ring is on your finger and the magic words have been said, tweet and post to your heart’s content. Just make sure to enjoy yourself and relish the moment first – the internet will still be there tomorrow!