Social Media Etiquette for Wedding Guests

Wait before posting your Congratulations

Don’t post anything about the couple’s engagement or wedding announcement before you’ve checked with them. They might still have people that they would like to inform about their plans. Unless of course they’ve announced it on social media themselves.


Never post photos of the Bridal Gown before the day

You might be privy to see the wedding dress before the wedding, or even go gown shopping with the bride. You don’t want to steal the look on the groom’s face when he sees the bride walking down the aisle in her dress for the first time.


Related article: Social Media and Getting Married


Be sensitive when posting about the Wedding arrangements

It is more than likely that not all of the bride and groom’s friends have been invited to their wedding. This way you avoid possible awkwardness for the couple.


Don’t take photos during the Ceremony

This could get in the way of the professional photographer but also try and just be in the moment. Some times are best to leave the smartphone in your purse or pocket.


Stay clear of the professional wedding photographer

Unless the bride and groom have specifically requested that you refrain from taking any photos, most couples will probably be happy if you take a few. But stay clear of the professional photographer and do not try and catch the bride and groom’s attention while they’re busy with their photographer!


Show the Bride and Groom in the best light

This is their special day and they’ve probably paid a lot of money to have a professional photographer. Be kind and respectful and don’t post photos of the bride and groom that will show them in a bad light.


Ask permission before you share

The best way to go about it is to first ask the bridal couple for permission before posting any photos or videos of them. Find out if they have a designated social media coordinator that will first vet all images.


Use the wedding Hashtag #

The reason for the hashtag is so that all their wedding photos will be in one place. Do use the hashtag and encourage others to do the same.


Only use the areas designated for cell phone use

Some bridal couples will ask you to only use your mobile phone in designated areas. Do respect the couple’s wishes, and if the wedding is unplugged, put your phone away and just enjoy the day with them. You’d be surprised how much fun you could have without your phone!


Related article: Social Media Etiquette at Weddings


* TIP for the Bride and Groom – Appoint one of your bridesmaids as social media coordinator, to oversee all aspects of the social media before, during and after the Wedding. This person can create your custom wedding hashtag, inform all the guests of the social media etiquette, keep the guests in line, and collect and vet all the images after the wedding.

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Social Media Etiquette at Weddings

Probably one of the most wonderful times of your life, meeting that special person, falling in love, getting engaged and then planning your big day. People have been falling in love and getting married since the beginning of times, but are the rules still the same when it comes to wedding etiquette or do we need a new set of rules to guide us through this transition from man and woman to husband and wife?

We look at things to consider when tweeting, posting and using hashtags.

Announce your wedding face-to-face
You might arrange the rest of your social life using social media, but this is one event that should preferably be announced to the people close to you in person or on the telephone first. They will certainly appreciate the courtesy but you also don’t want to miss out on seeing their facial expressions when you announce your engagement!

Think before you post
This should be a general rule-of-thumb for using social media, but do consider other people before posting. Some of your social media friends may not have been invited so refrain from posting too much detail about the wedding. Also try not to overkill, your friends will grow weary from reading about your wedding planning for a full year before the actual event! Keep your posts positive no one wants to read about your dirty laundry and mother-in-lawzilla on Facebook.

Should wedding guests be allowed to post pictures of your wedding?
This really is up to the couple but you have every right to ask your guests not to post any photographs to social media. You can include this request in your wedding invitation, and also have a reminder on your wedding day. Keep it fun and light-hearted. Instead ask your guests to send all their photos to you for inspection first and then post them to the album on your wedding website where everyone can view them.

Create a wedding hashtag
This is a really fun thing to do for your wedding and can be hugely exciting to look at after your I-do’s. This also puts all your guests wedding photos in one place. Include your wedding hashtag in your wedding invitation, on your wedding website and as a reminder again on your wedding day. You can make this even more entertaining by handing out your hashtag as a temporary tattoo on the day #mrandmrshitched. Who knows your hashtag might even help some of your single guests to get hooked up!

Related article: Social Media and Getting Married

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Team building Activities Flipper Fun

Team Building Fun at Intundla Conference Venue

Intundla Conference Venue is unique in that it is only 30 minutes from Pretoria, ideally situated in a bush setting, with plenty of Team building activities to keep everyone engaged. Here we feature some of our most popular Team building activities hosted in the last month.

Potjie Competition – Momentum

Don’t be fooled by their exterior these people from Momentum are all top chefs and did a marvellous job! The only hitch was that everyone kept running from Ghostface! Team building provides a chance for the team to participate together in an experience where everyone starts with an equal level of knowledge about the given task, like making a potjie. This activity is brilliant for breaking down barriers between individuals and creates increased team awareness.

Related article: Team Building at Intundla less than an hour from OR Tambo

 

Watersports – Auditor General South Africa

This was enormous fun and everyone participated. Great activity to increase morale and productivity. In a busy office environment, it can be difficult for employees to find time to develop new skills. Through participation in Team building activities members of the group all get a chance to learn new skills and thrive.

Related article: How to Inspire your Team at your next Conference

 

Raft Building – UNISA

The dam at Intundla lends itself to such superb water and raft building activities. The raft building is designed to motivate people to perform at their best individually and as team players. Team members discover that diversity is actually their greatest asset. This is very good for building trust, cooperation and open up effective communication.

 

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3 Sins of a deadly meeting

Meetings are very important in any business, but not always as effective as they should be. At Intundla Conference Venue we make it our business to ensure that your meeting is successful. We provide the perfect location set in a tranquil bush setting, so fewer distractions. Our Conference Venue is only 30 minutes from Pretoria which makes travelling here a breeze, and our friendly staff is at hand to guarantee you get the most from your time spent at Intundla.

We’ve taken a look at some of the reasons why meetings fail


1. Wrong Time

You might think that the best day for a meeting is Monday or Friday. Those days already seem like they’re the less productive, so why not have your meetings scheduled then? Though Mondays and Fridays are the least productive days of the week that should be a reason NOT to have your meetings on those days. If you take your meetings seriously, you plan them when you’re most likely to have a lively productive bunch of people attend them. The other reason not to have your meetings on either of these days is because you’re more likely to have attendance issues. You need 100% attendance for your meeting’s success and you need people to be fully engaged. Plan your meetings for Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Best time of the day is afternoon or mid-morning, but not too late and not too soon after lunch hour. People tend to watch the clock if the meeting is scheduled too late in the afternoon, and are prone to be a bit more sluggish if it’s shortly after lunch.

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2. Too long

We’ve all had to sit through a meeting that just went on and on without accomplishing anything. Start tracking the cost of your meetings, and hold people accountable. This will create a sense of importance and will help you achieve twice as much in half the time. Meetings that run too long are probably guilty of one or more of the following:

  • No clear objectives or agenda
  • One/two people dominate the meeting
  • Time wasted on low-priority matters
  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Attendees are unprepared
  • No accountability
  • No plan of action

3. Attendees don’t take the Meeting Seriously

If this is the case your meeting is doomed before you’ve even started. People will arrive late, unprepared, not be engaged and sit doodling. Firstly it is a mind-set. If people are viewing the meeting as non-work they won’t take it seriously either. By orchestrating effective and productive meetings with clear goals and call-to-actions, and by holding people accountable, you can create a culture where meetings are viewed just as important as any other part of their job. In fact why not take it a step further and have a workshop on effective meetings.

Related article: How to run effective Meetings and Conferences

Most importantly, practice makes perfect. Meetings are like any other part of business or life. You will only improve if you commit to getting better. Monitor what works and what doesn’t and hold people accountable.

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