Survey says let wedding couple post first social media photos

Wednesday , July 02, 2014 - 12:00 AM

Power down or power up for the wedding day?

That’s a question this summer’s brides may struggle with as they decide whether to hold an “unplugged,” social media-free wedding or to encourage guests to go snap-happy with those cellphone cameras.

The role of social media in today’s weddings was a theme of the recent “What’s on Brides’ Minds” survey recently released by national retailer David’s Bridal.

Some of the findings of those brides polled include:

• 14 percent will ban cellphones at their wedding and request no social media posting

• 44 percent say “digital rules” are important to set the tone for guests

• 62 percent say bridesmaids should not post photos of the bride in her wedding gown before the ceremony

• 58 percent say the wedding couple should be the first to post a photo from the wedding

• 22 percent think the bride and groom should be the only ones to post wedding photos

• 26 percent will set up a special hashtag for guests to use in posts about the wedding

• 36 percent like the idea of Skype-ing or live streaming the wedding for those who cannot be there in person

• 56 percent will update their profile with their new name within a day of the wedding; 10 percent will do it while the wedding is taking place.

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