What You Shouldn't Post on Social Media When You're Engaged

When happy news becomes too much information...

Your life may be all wedding all the time, but you shouldn’t share everything about the planning process online.

Photo: Love & You Studios

In this modern world, it’s become expected to share happy news such as an engagement online through social media. It’s certainly an efficient way to spread the news to your larger social circle (as your VIPs should always get the news personally). An online album is also how most people will see your wedding photos, but what about everything else that happens between the proposal and big day? Your life may be all wedding all the time, but you shouldn’t share everything about the planning process online. 

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Photo by Brian Leahy Photography; Planning & Design by Andrea Eppolito Events

Read on to see what your friends and followers might consider gauche or over the top to share while you’re preparing for the big day:

- Multiple photos of the ring. It may be what most people really want to see, but more than one clear shot or video of your new sparkler will come across as bragging. 

- Registry information. Including links to your wish list on your wedding website online is fine, but otherwise you should not share unless asked. Even if multiple people ask about it, share the links via private messages, rather than a public post. 

- Date and location. A countdown when you get closer to the big day might be tolerated, but sharing details tends to invite people wondering if they will be asked to attend. 

- Any complaints. Venting sessions should not be shared where they can easily be shown to the offending party, be it a vendor, a flaky bridesmaid, or a cousin who was late to RSVP. 

- The guest list. Even if you have a very private social media presence and you’re only followed by your nearest and dearest, it still comes across as tacky to specify anything about who is invited. 

- Your dress. Don’t ruin your big reveal! Images of the dress, whether from a stock photo or you at your alterations appointment, should not be seen by the masses until after you tie the knot. 

For more ideas, get tips for attending weddings when you're engaged, see ideas for your cocktail hour music, and find out when you should send thank-you notes

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