Instagramming your wedding and honeymoon is great fun. From sharing the excitement of the engagement and showcasing your uncle's hilarious dance moves at the reception, to the elephant ride on your Thailand honeymoon, everyone wants to show off the wedding process. But to avoid fatiguing your followers, and making sure your Instawedding shines, here are some guidelines to follow.
Share Your Best Photos After the Wedding -- Just Not WAY After
As long as your wedding photographer gives permission, go ahead and share those stunning wedding photos after the big day is over. But not weeks, months, or years later. One on your anniversary is okay, but despite how amazing it all was, your followers won't want to keep seeing wedding photos months after the wedding finished. That's just too much!
Keep Honeymoon Instagram Stories to One Per Day
Okay, so this is by no means a hard and fast rule. But if you're posting Instagram stories of literally everything you do on your honeymoon, your followers might start to wonder if you're spending any time actually enjoying it in the moment. We would wonder the same! One or two stories a day is a good number, but many more than, that and it'll just seem like you're glued to your phones instead of each other.
Cool It With the Countdowns
It's tempting to keep your followers appraised of your planning progress, down to every last detail. But adding too many "Can't believe it, only 200 days to go!" types of posts will get tiresome quickly for your followers. Focus on major milestones instead, and make sure there is always a stunning and relevant photo to go with them. The same goes for after your wedding. "Can't believe we've been together four months already!" Save it for the first anniversary, or maybe the six-month mark. Your followers don't necessarily want to see the countdown every day, week, or even month, so keep it just to the most significant dates.
Tell Your Family & Best Friends Before Your Social Media Followers
Close family and friends shouldn't find out about your engagement through Instagram. Give them a call or see them in person and tell them before you post it online. It's just better form, and these are the most special people in your life. You want to show them just how special they are by sharing the news in a more personal way than via social media posts.
Beware of Posting Too Many Similar Photos
We've all seen it: that Instagram account where the whole feed looks basically the same. If you have ten amazing-looking engagement photos, resist the urge to post them all, and just post one or two. Try to only post stunning photos featuring a wide variety of themes, poses, and scenery to keep your feed fresh and entice more likes, comments, reposts, and follows.
Remember What Hashtags Are For
Since your friends and family already know you're getting married, your wedding hashtag won't help them in any way. Wedding hashtags are more for getting the attention of strangers, potential new followers, and wedding influencers who might share or interact with your content. Making the most of your wedding hashtag means only using it on posts where it's relevant. For example, your picture of that amazing appletini you had last night probably isn't an appropriate place to use your wedding hashtag. Use them accordingly!
Go Ahead, Show Off the Ring -- But Don't Overdo It
Showing off your engagement ring is A-ok. But close-ups of the diamond at four different angles might prove to be a bit much. Your followers might think you're materialistic, or more excited about the jewelry than the fact that you're marrying your soul mate. Similarly, pictures with your new fiancé don't all have to involve holding your hand up to display the ring. Everyone knows you're engaged now, so after a few of these sorts of photos, change your focus to poses that look natural. Too many photos with your hand on your fiancé's chest, or holding it up with your fingers facing the camera, is likely to cause your follower count to fall.