So your relationship status has changed from in a relationship to engaged and now (along with gaining those horribly sexist wedding-related ads on the side bar) all of Facebook is chiming in to say “congrats” and “omg yay!” Even your second cousin, twice-removed commented that she “can't wait for the wedding!”
But the thing is… you never even planned to invite ‘ol what's-her-name, in fact, you only added her as a friend because your mom “suggested” you add each other.
Can I get a little less awkwardness in my monitor? Yeesh.
Engaged couples have been dealing with all sorts of uncomfortable moments since the dawn of big wedding celebrations. It's just that now, in the era of Facebook, it amplifies that awkward by a degree of eleventy, and then live-streams that awkwardness to all your relatives' most recent updates.
Here are some steps you can take to reduce your wedding's Facebook time and put a cap on at least some of that wedding-time awkwardness…
Stating the obvious solution: Resist the urge to discuss your wedding on Facebook at all.
Or at least, keep it to a dull roar. Clearly, bitching about your bridesmaids on a super public forum could lead to bad blood and unnecessary wedding dramaz. Similarly, talking about how amazing a party is going to be to someone who isn't invited is terribly hurtful. Sometimes it's just better to keep your virtual mouth shut.
This is actually part of why 10,000+ of you love the Offbeat Bride Tribe so much. Our private forum gives Offbeat Brides a place to vent and freakout and discuss wedding stuff endlessly… all without bogging down your Facebook feed.
Hide your wedding-related status updates from non-guests by making a list.
You may or may not know that you can easily set up different lists and then, come status update time, you can chose who can see what.
Here's how to create lists on Facebook:
- From your homepage, find the Friends section in the left menu and click More
- Click Create List
- Write in the list's name — “wedding guests” or “bridal party”
- Enter the names of friends you want to add to this list in the Members section
- Click Create
Then, when it comes time to excitedly share some info about your planning process, you could only make that status/photo/link visible to that particular list using that little lock icon.
How to make your status visible to a particular list:
- Enter your status in the status bar (DO NOT hit enter yet).
- Click the button just to the left of Post.
- Chose the correct list in drop down menu.
- Now you may click Post.
Create a wedding group on Facebook.
Your other (slightly more complicated) option is creating a group for your wedding guests. Then when you want to do wedding updates, you can do so on that group page instead, and only the people in that group will see your updates.
How to create secret groups on Facebook:
- From your home page, go to the Groups section on the left side menu and click More.
- Click Create Group. A window will appear, where you'll be able to add a group name, add members and select the Secret privacy setting.
- Click Create when you're done.
The downside of this, as I've experienced myself, is that you're forcing your friends to be part of a group they may have no interest in being part of. (I can't tell you how many times I've had to remove myself from groups I never signed up for.)
Want to go a step deeper and REALLY freak out the squares?
Delete your facebook.
One of my best friends did this the moment all of her old college buddies started asking when and where. She wasn't even CLOSE to inviting those guys — they didn't even make the list of “maybes.” So my girl just said “fuck it” and deleted her entire facebook page and never looked back.
And I mean actually deleted her Facebook.
How to actually delete your Facebook account:
- Go here
- Click “Submit” and follow the instructions.
Because apparently, the usual way people “delete” their Facebook is more like deactivating it — all of your information doesn't actually disappear. Indeed, if you don't want to entirely delete your page, you can easily disable your profile, then come back to it and it's like you never left! [Copyeditor's note: I routinely do this at exam time!]
But let's face it: these days it's way too easy for everyone to find out where you had lunch and what you purchased on Etsy. People are going to know that you got engaged, and hell, you shouldn't have to hide that fact — it's big and exciting news! People that you aren't going to invite to your wedding ARE going to know about the impending nuptials. So, you more than likely are going to have to face a few awkward comments about how excited someone is for a wedding in which they won't be attending, much less invited. When that happens, you just gotta grin and bear it. Have a few copy-and-paste responses a la Ariel.