With the emergence of trends in social media many brides are looking for ways to use it to their advantage. With your wedding being the most important day of your life, you want to capture every moment and remember them forever. Although your photographer will be your best friend when it comes to this, they can’t capture every moment of the night among all of your guests. This is where guests taking pictures comes into place to save the day. Websites like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter are easy ways for pictures from your big day to be shared among your family and friends. Although we strongly discourage allowing guests to take pictures during the ceremony, the reception is a great place for your friends to take pictures. Pictures your friends take make a great addition to your wedding album. The problem with this? You have so many different guests taking pictures and it’s hard to keep track of them all and it takes a lot of effort to reach out to everyone to acquire these pictures. The answer? Hashtags.
In 2009, Twitter began to hyperlink the hashtags that their users would use in their tweets. A few years later, Facebook followed suit. Hashtags are a great way to help certain phrases, categories, and pictures trend on the internet and gain attention from other users. All you have to do is search for a phrase and multiple posts and pictures also tagged with that phrase show up. In wedding terms, a bride can create a unique hashtag and have her guests post it with their social media posts/pictures, and her wedding can be easily found on social media in just ONE place! This is a great way for you to see all the pictures guests take at your wedding and posts they directed towards you and your groom to congratulate and acknowledge your big day. So no more flash drives, multiple emails, and downloads during the wedding; hashtags make life so much easier for both you and your guests.
You can be as creative as you want in coming up with your personal wedding hashtag. Hashtags are a great opportunity for you to use and debut your new last name!There are different websites like Nuncamind.com that will generate hashtags for you. All you have to do is type in your names or a phrase and it will generate ideas for you! You can also brainstorm phrases unique to your love story and incorporate those into a hashtag. For example, say you’re getting married in an estate in 2014 and your names are Barbie and Ken Jones. You could use a hashtag like #estatewedding2014, #Jonespartyoftwo, #Joneswedding2014, #BarbieandKen, #BarbieandKenwed, or #mr.andmrs.jones2014. You can also set up a fun scavenger hunt for your guests to find certain things at the wedding, photograph them, and post them to social media with your unique hashtag. This helps you accumulate a variety of fun pictures you wouldn’t otherwise have. Another fun idea is to use a tv or screen to project your personal hashtag feed during your reception. This way you and your guests can enjoy viewing these images during the dancing and other fun festivities.
A few simple things to remember: there are no spaces between the words in a hashtag, keep it simple for your guests to remember, and start advertising early. If you can, include your hashtag on your invitations and include a sign at your reception with a reminder to use your hashtag. Have fun and be creative when brainstorming your hashtag and enjoy finding all of your pictures in one place! Happy hashtagging!