Although the Kardashian-Jenner clan has been Instagramming a storm in the days leading up to the Kimye wedding, they will probably slow to a standstill once the nuptials begin. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will likely ban cell phones and social media at their ceremony. And while we’re bummed that we won’t witness the festivities in real time, it’s no surprise since the list of celebrities who are prohibiting social media is ever growing. Last week, Poppy Delevingne asked guests not to post anything from her wedding to James Cook to social media, and couples like Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have managed to keep their marriages secret for some time by doing the same.
In an age where everything is instant, banning social media from your wedding can be a good way to control what gets out there, even if you don’t have millions of people clamoring to see your dress. According to David’s Bridal’s eighth annual “What’s on Brides’ Minds” survey, 44 percent of brides believe that having rules when it comes to your wedding and social media are important. However, only 14 percent are banning social media altogether.
On the other end of the spectrum, many brides are creating social media hashtags and encouraging guests to post. Twenty-six percent of respondents said they want guests to use their special wedding hashtag. During her New Year’s Eve wedding, Kaley Cuoco (above, left) shared photos throughout the night and created a hashtag for guests to post to. However, 58 percent percent of brides believe that the bride and groom should be the first ones to share photos of the wedding. That’s exactly what Chrissy Teigen did when she married John Legend last September. Although there were no photos on Instagram or Twitter during the actual wedding, Teigen posted a photo after the fact (above, right).
But the biggest social media no-no? Bridesmaids posting photos of the bride in her dress before the groom sees her. Sixty-two percent of respondents said no pictures of the bride should be shared before the ceremony. How’s that for old-fashioned?