Couples set strict social media rules at weddings as friends photograph the big occasion

Sam and Andrew Buckis embraced the hashtag trend to celebrate their wedding. Picture: Nathan Dyer/Herald Sun

Sam and Andrew Buckis embraced the hashtag trend to celebrate their wedding. Picture: Nathan Dyer/Herald Sun

NEWLYWEDS are setting social media rules to stop guests stealing their thunder by banning uploads till after the ceremony and demanding veto powers on what snaps they can post.

To ensure a case of happily-ever- after, tech-tapping guests are being increasingly asked to follow strict social media rules.

At one Melbourne wedding, a couple banned any photo uploading until the ceremony finished, phones flicked to silent, and banning photos taken on iPads to avoid obstructing other guests’ views.

Some are issuing a complete boycott on posting wedding photos on social media or requiring permission from the bride and groom on which snaps they can upload.

The EasyWeddings website said some couples are asking guests to turn off their phones and cameras so they can embrace the ceremony.

Digital manager Samantha Amjadali said many guests spend so much time worrying about capturing the right shots for social media, they miss the all-important moment.

“Social media has sped things up a lot when it comes to weddings,’’ she said.

“With so many phones and cameras on hand, you can often see pictures on Instagram or Facebook within seconds of the `I do’s’ being said.

“Every couple has a different attitude to what is and what isn’t acceptable when it comes to social media and their wedding photos.

“But it really is up to them to decide what — and even if — they share wedding snaps with friends and family on social media.’’

But couples are now increasingly getting a handle on hashtags to share pics of their big day on Instagram or Twitter fuelling a photo-taking frenzy.

Click here to read the rest of Elissa Doherty’s story on the Herald Sun website.

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