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Young couples getting married today have grown up with social media, so it’s no surprise that so many people want to use a variety of platforms when planning their weddings. In fact, the Brides 2018 American Wedding Survey found that 87% of brides turned to the social media platform Pinterest for inspiration when planning their weddings.
At first glance, modern wedding ceremonies and receptions may look like the nuptials of yesteryear. However, engaged couples have increasingly incorporated social media into their weddings, and there are fun and creative ways to embrace this trend.
Create a social media photo booth. Guests can take more photos at modern weddings than the photographers who have been hired to document the happy couple’s big day from start to finish. Social media panels are digital screens that display social media walls. Live event social media panels collect and organize content from social media channels and display it on a single digital screen. Users, in this case the guests of a couple, simply use a predetermined hashtag when posting photos and the images are then displayed on digital screens in real time. It can be a fun way to engage guests at the reception.
Stream the wedding live. Live streams have become very popular during the pandemic, when couples getting married have had to reduce their guest lists in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines. But live streams can continue to be used after the pandemic, as there will still be guests who can’t make it to the wedding. Facebook Live was a go-to social media platform for live weddings during the pandemic, and it can be used to involve loved ones in the festivities even if they can’t be there in person. Live streaming via social media can be especially helpful for couples looking to take advantage of destination weddings, which tend to be small affairs due to travel constraints.
Hashtag marriage. A couple-specific hashtag may look like a wedding album, but it’s a hashtag that anyone can easily access through the couple’s chosen social media platform. Encourage guests to hashtag wedding photos so everyone can have a good time thinking back to the ceremony and reception after the day has passed.
Plan with your party. Social media can be as fun, inclusive and helpful during wedding planning as it is during the wedding itself. The bride and groom can create their own private Pinterest boards and share them with the wedding party. Everyone can then use the private board to brainstorm ideas with each other. Couples can infuse some Pinterest board fun by encouraging groomsmen and bridesmaids to post outrageous outfit ideas or submit song requests to sing during the reception.
Social media is an integral part of the lives of modern couples, so it makes sense for them to find fun ways to incorporate various platforms into their weddings.