Five Instagram Rules Every Engaged Couple Should Follow

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A wedding is one of the most important moments in your life, so it’s natural to want to document every stage of the process. In this age of social media it’s practically a requirement to post big life event on your channels. But does that mean posting every minute of your pre- and post-wedding activities?

We certainly think sharing some things can be a fun way to commemorate this period in your life, but for us, sharing every second of your experience as a bride is a definite no-no. Some things are best kept to yourself.

So should you post photos of your bachelorette party? And do your friends on social media need to be given the scoop (and option to vote) on every possible combination of wedding flowers? We’ve put together a primer with five rules for pre-wedding Instagram posting. Follow these guidelines we guarantee you’ll remain unmuted from even your most cynical single friends’ feeds.

A cute engagement photo announcement is acceptable. Don’t post multiple photos of your ring or bombard everyone with a gazillion photos in your feed or in your Stories of how the engagement happened and the carat weight of your diamond. If people want to know, they’ll ask. No one needs a play-by-play. Follow Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s lead and take some beautiful photos for your engagement announcement.

Daily posts about your wedding planning are a no-no. This means no countdowns and no hourly updates on wedding planning–let’s face it, it might be exciting for you, but to other people it just isn’t. However, quick sneak peeks here and there (we’re talking, like, once a month maximum) are a great way to give your guests a taste of the celebration to come.

Be aware of who’s following your wedding activities. One photo of you and your besties at your bachelorette party is fine, but sharing with the world photos of your more wild activities is probably not the best idea. Especially if you know your coworkers, your boss, or your family is watching. That’s just awkward, and you’ll probably regret it post-bachelorette.

On your big day, step away from the phone. Your wedding will only happen once, and it’s important you enjoy it in the moment. If you’re just dying to have content from your big day posted in real time, have a friend snap some shots and video for you to post later. But when you’re posting, make sure to curate the content and ensure that everything posted offers something new from your big day. Multiple photos of the reception centrepieces will not make anyone who didn’t attend your wedding feel like they were actually there.

You can post a few select pro photos, but not the whole album. A photo reflecting on life post-wedding is okay, and so is another to commemorate your first anniversary. But don’t post all the photos from your wedding that your photographer sent to you–save them for an album to share with your friends and family in real life and not on social media.

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