We’ve all been there, enjoying a family member or friend’s wedding day, taking in every moment whilst you can. And then, all of a sudden you receive a notification on your phone – ‘You’ve been tagged in three photos’ – before you know it, the wedding day and all its events are being shared on multiple social media sites to everyone and anyone.

Some couples may be more understanding about their guests uploading pictures to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram before their official photographs are released. However, not all brides and grooms-to-be are so accepting to this increasingly popular wedding feature, so ask their permission or follow the social media rules.

Here are the ‘new rules of social wedding etiquette’:

  • Wait to publicly post your congratulations
    Make sure you don’t post about how amazing it is that your best friend or sister is getting married until they have made an announcement – don’t ruin their social media moment!
  • Respect the bride and grooms requests on sharing pictures
    It’s easy to get caught up in the moment, and Instagram a picture of the stunning bride, but most couples will want to wait until their professional photos are released, so hold back.
  • Leave your phone in your bag or pocket
    Don’t spend the day on your phone. Enjoy the special day whilst it lasts, and you don’t want pictures of you glued to your phone appearing in the wedding photos.
  • Stay clear of the professionals
    Capture as many memories as you like, but don’t let it get in the way. Professional photographers have been hired for a reason, so don’t worry, you won’t miss a moment.

Take in every moment whilst you can, because you’ll only enjoy someone’s wedding once. The couple invited you for a reason, to spend their special day with you, not with your Facebook friends.