We all know engagement season is in full swing. I get all excited to see the announcements on my Facebook and Instagram feeds…and not just because I’m a wedding planner. But before you go tagging your new fiancee on social media, here are a few tips and things to avoid and look out for out there in the social media world. Now, that you’ve got the bling bling go update that status!
YOUR FAMILY OR CLOSE FRIENDS FIND OUT ON FACEBOOK.
I love seeing posts announcing engagements and not just because I am a wedding planner. I can feel the excitement jumping off the page and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. However, every now and then I come across a comment on an announcement from a close family member or friend who is just hearing the good news via Facebook. Do yourself a favor and start your engagement off on the right foot. Call your close family members and friends ahead of your Facebook announcement to share the good news. Who you define as close family and friends is completely up to you. As long as you have connected with those people you are off the hook – remember you can’t please everyone.
THE DREADED “CAN’T WAIT FOR MY INVITATION.” COMMENT ON YOUR WEDDING RELATED POSTS.
Unfortunately way too many consider being your Facebook friend to mean they are automatically invited to your wedding. There are a couple different approaches you can take to this problem. I had a client who went through her Facebook page and added those she would be inviting to her wedding to a special friend’s list. That way when she posted wedding related statuses she could control the audience of the post so that only those invited could see it. Worked like a charm for her. Another client of mine chose not to post anything wedding related to avoid confrontation. Some brides choose to ignore those comments altogether. Sit down and think about how you’d like to handle these comments so that you are prepared when they pop up.
THE SPEEDY FINGERED FRIEND.
We all have that one friend who has their social media at the ready at all times. Too often I see a friend post an engagement before the couple has the chance to post about it. Guys, if you’re planning to propose, try to tell the people in the know to be on the lookout for the speedy finger and once the deed is done, don’t be shamed to say, “Please wait to share our happy news on social media.”
KEEP CALM. WE JUST GOT ENGAGED!
Warning! From the moment you post your happy news on social media people will begin to flood you with questions. When is the wedding? Who is in the wedding? Where is the wedding? Just breathe! Don’t let the pressure get to you, take your time. Enjoy this moment of being engaged and don’t be afraid to tell people to politely BACK OFF!
Do you plan to share your news on Facebook? If so, and you happen to get the bling over the holiday weekend, tag me in your photos so I can ooh and ahh over your gorgeous rings. You can find me everywhere @laurenoevents.
Until next time, happy planning.