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The Dos and Don'ts of Social Media at Weddings by Whitney Port

As her wedding day approaches, Whitney Port isn't just looking at seating charts and cocktail pairings — she's also been working with Wedding Paper Divas on a bridal stationery collection and sharing on the company's site how she's conquered wedding planning in complicated digital times.

We talked with Whitney on her guide to wedding social media etiquette and the most essential apps for a stress-free engagement and wedding day.

POPSUGAR: Are there some posting guidelines guests should be aware of before uploading pictures to social media?

Whitney Port: Tim [fiancé Tim Rosenman, a former producer of The City] and I want our guests to enjoy themselves and share their candid moments, but there are definitely some guardrails to put in place before the big day. I'll give my friends and family members friendly reminders before the wedding to be mindful of the experiences and moments that are sacred. For example, I'll be working with another designer on my dress and am so excited for Tim to see me in it. He has a way of making me feel beautiful every day — but my bridal look will be once in a lifetime, and that first glimpse is something that will happen in person, not online!

Couples can easily avoid social media snafus by taking the necessary precautions and communicating with guests. Creating an enclosure card on Wedding Paper Divas with suggested social media guidelines is one way to keep things in order, without adding too much clutter and copy to the invitation itself. You can share hashtags, your dos and don'ts, and other details with your guests to help prevent any issues.

PS: How can a couple politely encourage guests to share pics, without them getting sucked into the world of tech?

WP: One thing a couple can do is ask their guests to download a picture- or video-sharing app like WedPics. Apps like these encourage your guests to share photos and helps keep them off their regular public social channels . . . You have the added benefit of having all those fun guest photos automatically organized for viewing and posterity.

PS: What are some websites an engaged couple should make sure to bookmark?

WP: For couples a little further into the wedding planning process is, which lets a couple curate a wedding registry that fits their unique tastes. You can ask guests for gifts that you need or you'd like to receive — everything from travel experiences to cash donations to put toward new furniture, etc.

PS: Are there specific apps guests should also use when attending a wedding?

WP: Appy Couple is a great app for both engaged couples and guests, since it can be updated in an instant with important wedding info. Whether you're a member of the bridal party or attending a destination wedding, Appy Couple sends real-time information about registries, transportation, dress codes, etc. It's a total lifesaver!

PS: Everyone has a wedding hashtag now — what are your tips for creating a memorable one?
WP: One thing to consider is whether you want a hashtag that will be specific to the wedding day itself, or one that would work for all wedding-related events like showers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, etc. [That] will help narrow the field of ideas . . . The only other thing I'd recommend is to keep it clean, short, and easy to remember!

PS: How are you going to include technology and social media at your own wedding?
WP: Tim and I are using Spotify to plan our wedding playlist! (The music will be huge for us in terms of setting the right tone — relaxed, party mode but also elegant and romantic!) Spotify is great for letting us sort through and find new music that fits the feel we are after. Tim can create his list of favorites, and I can do the same, and at the end of it all, we can share our list with one another and choose which songs we want to play at our reception.

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