Wedding Etiquette Expert Jeff Beil Shares Top 5 Digital Wedding “Don’ts” #GuestBlog

Ever see someone post a slew or groom’s or bride’s night out or pre-wedding photos on social media channels before the wedding is even started? It can be a real issue for those who are in the wedding – particularly the bride and groom. One of the most disruptive things during a wedding is someone’s cell phone going off and they take the call. (Shut the phone off before the wedding. NEVER take a call unless you are a doctor or the police on call).
For those planning weddings or those attending weddings, here are some very interesting wedding etiquette “don’ts” courtesy of Jeff Biel. Biel is a wedding etiquette expert as well as CEO of the website

Top Digital Wedding Don’ts
By Jeff Beil

When you hear the term wedding etiquette, usually what to wear, how much to give and when to RSVP, comes to mind. But nowadays, it’s important to keep digital etiquette in mind as well – and there are some mistakes you cannot make – if you want to stay friends with the soon to be newlyweds after the wedding.

If you’re invited to spend your loved ones’ special day with them, please consider the following digital wedding don’ts:

· Don’t ruin the fun.
The bride or groom’s festivities before the big “I do” should not be shared across social media channels! Please remember, this is their time to have fun without their friends and family following along at home. Don’t ruin the fun via Snap story or Instagram! Remember: No matter how innocent, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!

· Don’t spoil the big moment.
Everyone loves to see the look on the groom’s face when he sees his blushing bride in her gown for the first time. But if for some reason you get a shot of the bride before her soon-to-be hubby sees her and post it on social media – you completely blew it! This is a no no. If you do happen to get a shot of the bride before the ceremony, wait to upload your photo until after their nuptials– (and don’t forget to use the couples designated hashtag when you do)!

· Don’t use flash photography or any lighting during the ceremony.
The only place for flash photography during the ceremony should come from the professional photographer’s camera. Even if you feel as though you need to capture the moment during their nuptials, wait until the appropriate time. Our best advice, is to keep your phone on silent! But if you must take a few quick shots, be sure your sound is off — absolutely no shutter noise or flash!

· Don’t email your gift or use PayPal.
The last thing we want to do is make life more difficult for the happy couple. We are living in a digital world, where newlyweds can easily register online for cash gifts. As their guests, let’s not make it harder for them by sending gifts via email or make them create a PayPal account. Nowadays, you can give the gift of cash in a elegant way with personalized digital cards and messaging. They will be forever grateful for the gift of convenience.

· Don’t let your phone be a distraction.
Your loved ones’ big day is not a time to be checking social media, texting or uploading photos. They invited their friends and family to share in this special day and celebrate with them — enjoy the party, live in the moment and save your uploading and downloading for when you get home!

Jeff Beil is a wedding etiquette expert and the CEO of Tendr, an online cash gift registry that makes the act of giving cash simple and elegant.

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Thanks to Jeff Biel for these great tips on “what not to do” about pre and post wedding events as well as the big day!

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