It’s safe to say that wedding planning is vastly different today than it was for previous generations. The internet and social media has made information instantly available to everyone, which can be both a blessing and a curse. It has also changed wedding planning in some significant ways.
1. The expectations of today’s engaged couples are higher than ever. They expect to be able to reach their wedding vendors almost instantly and in a variety of ways (through social media, e-mail, texting, etc.). They also expect their weddings to look as beautiful as the weddings they see on social media, yet “different and unique.” Not an easy order to fill, especially once they learn how much those weddings on social media actually cost!
2. Social media has made the world a very small place. Couples can get input on their wedding plans from family and friends all over the world simply by posting things in a private Facebook group, creating a private Pinterest board, or personalizing their own wedding website. This can make the planning process much more fun for couples.
3. Social media has helped keep everyone on the same page with the wedding plans. Vendors can connect with their couples just as easily as family and friends can, so all of those online inspiration boards help clarify the vision and budget for an event.
4. It has made it possible for couples to share their weddings with guests who can’t be there. Through programs like Skype and YouTube, couples can share video footage of their weddings either live or shortly thereafter with anyone they wish. This has opened the door to more destination weddings because couples aren’t as worried about important friends or family members missing their big day.
5. Everything is out there for the world to see. If you or your guests happen to do anything embarrassing that gets posted online, that information is out there for the world to see. This has made couples more conscious of how they behave and how much alcohol is served at their weddings. To people who prefer more privacy, this easy accessibility is a down-side about social media.
6. Wedding etiquette is constantly changing. Social media has given wedding professionals cause to update their rules of wedding etiquette. For example, it’s now bad form to post photos from a couple’s wedding before they say it’s okay. People must also be careful about posting or sharing photos of things like the wedding gown that the couple want to keep secret until the big day.
It’s clear that today’s weddings are much different from those only a decade ago. How have you seen social media influencing your wedding planning? We want to hear about it in the comments!
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