Congratulations to Katie and PJ! They got married at Gabrella Manor four years ago. They really are one of the nicest couples we have done. We wish them many, many more happy years!
Whether you’re the bride, the groom or a guest, here are the five golden rules of using social media on the big day…
1. Newlyweds – do give your guests a hashtag to use on Twitter and Instagram
Something simple and easy for guests to remember after a glass or two of fizz; for example, #EmilyAndMark2014. This will make it easy-peasy to collate any pictures taken on your wedding day – and will also lend the occasion a pleasing sense of impressive gravitas. Alternatively, if you don’t want your guests to share photos until after the big day, make it clear: ask your officiant to tell your guests to put their gosh-darned phones away before the ceremony begins.
2. Guests – do not assume you can take photos during the ceremony
The bride and groom probably won’t want to be distracted by a dozen flashing iPhones as they exchange their vows, so check to see if there’s a note in the programme saying so. Oh, and while we’re here: whatever you do, guests, make sure your cell phone is on silent!
3. Newlyweds – do ask your guests to not share photos until after the big day
You’re totally within your right to want to be the first one to upload a photograph of you and your groom on the big day. Make it clear if you don’t want your guests to upload any images on the day itself and ask one of your bridesmaids to keep vigilant in case you get tagged in any unflattering photos.
4. Newlyweds – do change your Facebook settings
Crank your privacy settings up a notch so you can control which tagged photos do and don’t make it on to your profile. However, maybe hold off from logging on just to change your relationship status on the big day itself – you don’t want to disrupt the B.D.E. (Best Day Ever, duh) trying to find mobile signal so you can change from ‘engaged’ to ‘married’.
5. Newlyweds – don’t ask your guests to hand in their mobile phones
You’re not a Hollywood star, and chances are you haven’t signed a six-figure deal with a magazine for coverage exclusivity. After all, this is your wedding day – not an exam!
Sara and Clint’s wedding at Oak Island was amazing! It was the perfect day. Not too hot, not too cold! Flowers and decorations were gorgeous. Sara and Clint were a delight to work with. They made it all very easy!
#1 To savor the build-up
Chances are you’ll be a ball of nerves on the morning of your wedding day: anticipation, excitement and a generous dollop of trepidation will make your stomach feel as if it’s full of bridal butterflies. However, try to own your feelings: transfer the nerves into excitement
#2 To talk to your parents…
…Before they get swept away into the crowd of guests. Spend a few minutes with them before the ceremony: chat, hug, hold hands. Your wedding will be an emotional day for your parents, and you’ll never forget those special pre-big-day moments.
#3 To practice walking in your heels, one more time
It’s as simple as this: don’t force yourself to wear shoes you’re not happy wearing. If you wouldn’t usually wear six-inch stilettos IRL, they might not be the best choice of footwear for your wedding day. Try them on again and if they’re anything other than 100% comfortable, trade them for a pair of shoes you know you can walk in. Also, make sure you’ve got a spare pair of heels/pumps to hand, just in case you want to change during the day.
#4 To have a snack
(Bride + champagne) x no food = a recipe for disaster. Even if nerves are stopping you from indulging too much, force yourself to nibble on a small snack. Staggering up the aisle in a bubbly-induced haze and tripping over in the shoes you may – or may not – be able to successfully walk in will make your wedding day memorable for all the wrong reasons.
#5 To send your groom a text
Or an email. Or a note via one of your bridesmaids. If you’re playing it traditional, you won’t have spent the previous night with him – so send him a quick message to tell him how much you love him and how much you’re looking forward to the day ahead. Liberal use of the heart-eyed Emoji encouraged.
Erin and Rich got married at Prince Of Peace Catholic Church. It was a perfect winter’s day! I wish more couples would get married this time of year. Flowers and decorations were gorgeous. Erin and Rich were a delight to work with. We had a lot of fun working with the families as well as the wedding party. The reception was held at the Wynfrey Hotel. The grooms family were from Louisiana so the party had a Mardi Gras theme to it. The band, The Maxx, was fantastic! One of the best I have heard. The bride and groom left the party with the band leading the way. Lots of fun!