Be sure to catch the first three articles on Engaging the Internet this week, and enjoy the fourth installment in this series.
Familiarize Yourself with “Internetiquette”
There are many questions when dealing with the internet, the first of which being a controversy about sending online invitations for weddings. My personal opinion, and that of Peggy Post (writer of Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette) is that a wedding invitation should always be sent through the mail. Save the dates and shower invitations can be sent electronically, but use a site like Paperless Post (think super upscale Evite) instead of opting for a mass email.
When you are maintaining your own web presence, such as your wedding site or even a Facebook wedding group, remember that it is a representation of you, so be yourself! Give your opinions and talk about your finds and even your struggles honestly and from the heart … it is so endearing when someone can be themselves online.
A few words of caution, though, the first one being to refrain from using foul language … your future brother-in-law may find it funny, but your tech savvy grandmother may not. Also, I can not stress this enough, brush up on some grammar skills. Not that you have to be a perfectionist, but brushing up on some common errors (like when to use the possessive “your” verses the contraction “you’re”) will make for easy reading.
We definitely live in the age where brides can have their wedding planning at their fingertips on their Blackberry, and I encourage you to use this to your advantage! What a great way to familiarize yourself with wedding trends while you are sitting at the doctor’s office or be able to scan photographer’s photos at 2 am. I wish you the best in your plans and in your future life together.