Using Social Media to Announce Your Big Day
Social networking websites provide an easy way to share wedding planning details
By Cynthia Myers
Social media helps you stay connected to friends and relatives all over the world. You can log on anytime and update your profile and exchange messages. Even through the hectic days of wedding planning, involve friends and families in your plans by using social media to announce your big day.
- What You Need to Know
- Online communities allow you to make new friends with other brides and grooms who are planning their weddings. Share tips and receive advice from wedding experts who also have profiles on these sites.
- Create your own wedding website using an online hosting service. This will give you an "online headquarters" where you can direct your guests.
- Giving your wedding an online presence is only half the battle; think about how you are going to spread the word to wedding guests.
- Deter wedding crashers and protect your privacy by setting restrictions on social networking websites. Only allow "friends" to access your wedding information or establish a group that is password-protected.
Create a wedding web page. Conduct an online search for free wedding websites, and you'll find a number of hosting sites that will allow you to create a free website for your wedding. Post pictures, a "save the date" notice, links to wedding registries and maps to the wedding and reception. Send a link to wedding guests, and they can bookmark the site and check back regularly for more information. Your wedding website is a good place to provide links to your fan pages, blogs, and other online networking efforts.
Build a wedding profile on social networking websites. Facebook and MySpace will allow you to create a wedding profile where you can share the details of your big day with the world. You can include pictures, maps and even videos of showers and parties.
Share video of your engagement party, bridal showers or bachelorette party with far-flung friends and relatives by posting short videos on YouTube. It's easy to upload the videos and send links to friends via email. You can also embed the videos on your websites, blogs and social networking pages. Just remember: strangers as well as friends can see these sites, so don't post anything that could come back to embarrass you later.
Blog about your wedding. Blog tools such as Blogger and Wordpress allow you to create blogs where you can post about wedding plans. Solicit input from friends about your wedding. Have them vote on bridesmaids' dresses or their favorite flavor of cake. For more consistent updates, you can choose to "tweet" about your wedding plans to your Twitter followers.
Whether you are social networking through Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Blogger, or all of the above, your networking is most useful when your wedding guests know about it. Think of a plan to publicize your online efforts to your guest list. Send email updates with links to your website whenever there is an update. Or include a note with your "save the date" cards directing people to your social media pages.
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Cynthia James is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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