How to Create a Wedding Hashtag
The wedding hashtag trend has been around for a number of years now and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon! Having a wedding hashtag allows all your guests to tag images & sentiments from the day which can easily be found later using the hashtag. It’s a lovely way to view your wedding from your guests’ perspectives after your special day is over. You may also choose to have a slideshow running during your reception which automatically pulls through the tags!
So now you know you want a wedding hashtag but how do you create one? Well, this is the fun part. In this blog, we’ll teach you how to create a wedding hashtag that your guests will be talking about for years to come!
Begin with your names
Okay… let’s start with the basics. Your first names, last names and nicknames are the best starting point when it comes to creating your wedding hashtag. You may want to include a mashup of your names, use your future last name (if you’re taking your spouse’s last name) or just keep it simple with your first names. Your names can also be used for a fun pun or rhyme that will make your hashtag one to remember.
Keep it short and sweet
This is an important one! If you want your guest to use your hashtag, making your hashtag easy to remember and spell is key! My recommendation is to keep it no more than 20 characters long. Your guests don’t want to have to keep referring to the wedding program when they want to use your hashtag. If you have longer names, you may want to shorten the tag to make it easy to remember and type.
Mix in some creativity
Playing around with the words to make a creative and punny hashtag will increase the chances that your guests will use them. Rhymes, alliterations, synonyms and puns that are clever and memorable. We all have that witty friend that we can enlist to come up with something creative so now is there time to shine.
Let’s be honest, this is the part where most people give up. If you can’t think of something creative or funny, keep it simple with your names! The goal of the hashtag is to categorize images and posts from your day. So if you’re finding it hard to get creative, no worries, just keep it simple and straight forward.
Capitalize the first letter of each word.
Have you ever seen a hashtag that just looks like a big jumble of letters. One solution is to use capitalization at the start of each word. This makes it easy to identify the start of each word. From a functionality standpoint, the hashtag will work the same way. This just makes it easy for your guests to read and understand any pun that you’re including within the hashtag.
Check the wedding hashtag.
Once you’ve come up with your hashtag idea, it’s best to see if anyone else is using it already. If it has already been used, take a look to see if there are a lot of images and how recent they are. You want to avoid hijacking someone else’s hashtag as you will not be able to easily see your photos from theirs. If you find that your hashtag is already taken, you can add your wedding year or date to the end of the hashtag to make yours unique.
Now you know how to create a wedding hashtag. Spread the word!
So you have your creative wedding hashtag, now you just need to get people to use it. This is the most important part because if no one knows that your hashtag exists, you won’t have anyone using it.
When spreading the word, you can start as early as including it in your engagement announcement. We also recommend letting your wedding party know so that they lead the way. You should also include your wedding hashtag on your save the dates, wedding website, day-of-wedding stationery (such as ceremony cards and menus). Another nice touch is to add a sign that matches your decor to your reception space reminding guests of your hashtag.
Don’t forget to let your photographer know about your wedding hashtag too! They can then add that hashtag when they share your photos on their social media platforms which will include them under your hashtag.
When it comes to your wedding hashtag, that’s just the start of your wedding planning process. If you haven’t booked a wedding photographer for your big day, and are getting married on Cape Cod, Worcester Massachusetts or surrounding areas, I’d love to be considered! Take a look at my gallery for some wedding inspiration and get in contact if you think we’d be a good fit!