Not all couples want their weddings to become social media events, and that is fine. Some couples don’t care either way and others want it all. Aaron and Summer have chosen to allow their guests to share their wedding on social media through the use of a hashtag.
Why use a wedding hashtag?
Hashtags are searchable on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram so anyone who posts a picture or comment using your hashtag can be found and collected. By using a wedding hashtag, guests can share their view of the ceremony and reception and often, they will focus on things your wedding photographer didn’t.
Choosing a hashtag Do’s and Don’ts
- Do make it memorable. If you want your guests to use it, your hashtag needs to make sense so guests can remember it.
- Do keep it short, 15 characters or less if possible.
- Do search the hashtag before you start advertising it. You don’t want to use a hashtag that has already been used. One hashtag we came up with actually led to gay porn! Not what you want your friends and family viewing.
- Don’t use special characters. Keep your hashtag alphanumeric.
- Don’t use all initials, your guests won’t know what it stands for and it will be hard to remember.
- Don’t use more than one hashtag. Keep it the same for bridal showers, bachelor parties, ceremony and reception.
Advertising your Hashtag
If your guests don’t know what the hashtag is, they won’t know to use it.
- Signs-Create a cute sign for the hashtag and use it at the entrance to the ceremony and later at the reception.
- Programs-Make sure your hashtag is listed on the program.
- DJ-Have the DJ announce the hashtag at the beginning of the reception.
- I Spy-If you are having I Spy games as favors make sure the hashtag is printed on the game cards.
If you want to follow along on Saturday, November 29, 2014, our hashtag is #schultzwed14 .What are your thoughts on using wedding hashtags? Leave me a comment and let me know.