Ho, ho, hold up!
Before you get crazy with your holiday Instagram snaps, we have a few words of advice.
We know parties are exciting and you want to save and share memories, but not everyone wants to remember how much eggnog they consumed — or who they smooched under the mistletoe!
Being a polite Instagramer is much like being a great party guest. Here are some party (and privacy) tips to follow closely this holiday season.
Play the Name Game
Introducing yourself and remembering names is essential to party etiquette — but it’s equally as important for Instagram etiquette. Unless you are with your BFF, you should always ask if your subject minds being posted and tagged. Who knows? They may have skipped another party and don’t want hurt the other host’s feelings. You can be a little less strict with this rule when tagging friends, but always be courteous when tagging acquaintances or strangers.
Give your hostess a gift
Sure, you can pick up a festive candle or bottle of wine, but there is no greater gift than taking flattering photos of your host or hostess. Holiday Instagram etiquette means snapping your patron graciously pouring wine, making a great toast or charming guests with conversation. (Skip the shots of them taking out the trash, dealing with burnt mini-quiches, or cleaning up after the cat’s unfortunate hairball incident.)
A selfie here or there is fine, but, like fruitcake, the selfie is best in limited quantities. And while there is a time for taking a high-def shot or two of gourmet food, use your good sense: prioritize interacting with people over photographing a plate. Why not mingle and get to know new people?
Take photos with strangers, including everyone who’s willing in at least one shot. Ask if you can tag the photographed folks, which is a great way to break the ice and get to know them a little better. It’s also nice to post Instagram photos of other party guests (besides yourself!) so your host can enjoy a comprehensive recap of the party the next day.
Don’t overdo it!
It’s fun to capture memories of a great event, but not all guests love photos as much as you do. Remember to be subtle about snapping pictures, and don’t overload everyone by constantly making them “get together for a picture.” Instead, take 5 minutes every half hour to grab a few shots. Then get back to making conversation and making friends.
Leave the party a little early… and take your camera with you
As far as Instagram best practices go, this one is a biggie. Don’t stay until the end of the party. Nothing good happens after 11 pm… or at least nothing you want to see on Instagram in the morning. Exit early or put your phone away before things get start to get wild. Nobody wants a holiday party ruined by having to explain an embarrassing photo.
There are many ways to use Instagram, and the holidays are the perfect time for snapping and sharing festive memories. Observe the best party etiquette to make sure you get invited back next year!
Photo credits: Shutterstock / Dean Drobot, zeljkodan, kurhan