Happy Monday, faithful blog followers! We had a super busy weekend filled with weddings with some awesome couples and vendors. But today we're tackling the topic of social media and weddings–the dos and don'ts!

For most couples, the first use of social media as it relates to your wedding is the engagement. While it's fine to share (or not share) the news of your engagement on social media sites, close family and friends should be told either in person or by phone (or facetime /skype) before it hits the interweb. You don't want dear Aunt Sally hearing about your engagement from your little cousin who saw it first on Facebook!

Back in the day (that means 10 years ago) we waited weeks–sometimes months–to see photos from weddings. It felt like an eternity. But today, with the leaps and bounds of technology, we can see the event happening in (almost) real time through sites like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Wild, right? While some couples embrace social media, others aren't so cool with it. I've had clients swing both ways. And that's great for different reasons!

Recently, I've had a few couples create hashtags for their guests to use on Instagram and Facebook. This way all the photos taken and posted can be easily found on apps like Instagram. It's a great way to collect images from lots of unique perspectives. I love the signage that Erin and Tim created for their wedding earlier this month! Such a good idea! 34

Another great and helpful app for collecting photos from social media is Wedding Party. The couple can create an account on Wedding Party and include their link to the wedding party website on their save-the-dates and invitations–guests can also download the app to join in the fun. Wedding Party helps couples share information about their event, includes a countdown to the big day, and shows ALL the guests pictures taken at the wedding in ONE PLACE in real time. You can even connect the app to your wedding website! So cool, right?

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While some couples embrace social media, others would prefer to keep their day private. Some ask that guests refrain from taking photos during the ceremony–usually there will be an annoucement in either the program or by the officiant or ushers. If you're not sure–ask! Pro-tip: don't text, call, email, or tweet the bride or groom about this the day-of the wedding. While you can ask guests to not share photos of you, you can't prevent them from taking photos of themselves and sharing on social media sites.

Another big don't is sending out your thank you notes via social media. Nope, not cool–not ever! Even in our ever-advancing world of technology, a hand-written thank you note is a must.

Will you use social media for your wedding? Let me know which side you fall on in the comments!

Keep sparkling–