Social media tools are making it easier for brides, grooms and wedding guests to share photos of the big day. This past weekend, I had the opportunity to test the new Wedding Party app while I was at a relative’s wedding.
Before the wedding day, the excited couple, Rebecca and Jovin, emailed their guests invitations to download the app on their iPhone or Android. The app was free for guests and simply needed the wedding party’s selected name to access the site.
On the wedding day, guests were able to upload images, send notes and view the other guests’ photos in real time. The app allowed everyone with a smartphone to share photos quickly and easily for no charges.
Should wedding photos be shared on social media?
The wedding I attended was a stark contrast to the wedding where the couple requested that guests ask their permission before posting photos on the Internet.
Image text: “The Bride and Groom request their approval prior to posting any photos of their special day on Facebook or any other social media site. Thank you”
As an engaged social media advocate, I conducted a little research to find out why couples would not want to share photos of their day. Many brides on Weddingbee.com‘s boards are nervous that guests may post unflattering images before the couple can post their professional photographs.
Brides in the online forum had many questions, including: should they ask guests not to post photos before the wedding, should they tell guests to leave their cameras and smartphones at home, should they wait until images are posted and then ask them to be taken down? The responses from other brides varied. Each answer depends on the couple’s preferences, their relationships with their guests and if the wedding will be formal or informal. Requesting that guests leave their smartphones at home may ruffle some feathers, but brides can rest assured that images would not be shared.
The ironic twist in the situation, where the bride and groom wanted their guests to ask their permission prior to posting photos, is that this photo came from the popular Cheezburger site, Wedinator. If the couple had not written this request, pictures may have been shared on their guests’ Facebook and Twitter accounts, but now a picture from their wedding is making the rounds on the much more popular site created by the developers of LOLcats. Wedinator shares funny, interesting and amazing wedding photos with others and has the tag line is: “your special day is…hilarious.”
Check out the Wedding Party app. Or, if things in a marriage aren’t going well, you can always check out the New York Divorce Guide app.