Digital Wedding Etiquette

How to Use Your Smartphone at a Wedding

Posted by Liz Taylor Jul 28, 2014

Smartphone usage is becoming quite popular at weddings. Over 80% of people use their phone to take pictures and videos during a wedding and quickly post on Instagram and Facebook. Believe it or not, there are appropriate ways wedding guests can use their smartphones during the ceremony and reception.

From a wedding couple’s perspective, please note the following:

1.)    Make an Instagram hashtag on your program so guests understand that it’s okay to take out their phones.

2.)    Newlyweds often appreciate that guests took pictures from their smartphones and posted them on Instagram. Couples often feel like they miss so much of the wedding due to rushing around and everything goes by way too quickly. Looking at pictures the next morning is one of the best gifts a couple can receive.

3.)    Tagging knowledge: Instagram is a better venue for posting because it doesn’t show up in a ‘feed’ for everyone to see and you can easily un-tag yourself from a picture you don’t like.  Facebook is a little different, but anyone can set their privacy settings to review anything before a picture links to your name.  

Guests, please make sure the pictures are appropriate and paint the bride and groom in a favorable light. If the couple doesn’t look 100% amazing, don’t post the picture.


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