I’m a self-professed Instagram addict. I’ll start scrolling through my feed and before I know it, I’ve been sucked into the IG black hole, it's 30 minutes later, and my eyes are starting to cross. Obsessed isn’t even the word. Couple my favorite app with photos of pretty weddings and I’m a total goner. RIP. If you're like me and are going to troll Insta for hours, you might as well look at pics from your own wedding, right? Here are my top six tips for crafting the perfect wedding hashtag that will allow you to do just that.
1.) Make it personal. Incorporate your names, a nickname, your wedding date, or even a play on words. Anything to make it reflect YOU! Add in a bit of humor, alliteration, or maybe a rhyme and your guests will love it even more. Be creative! Personalizing your hashtag also helps guests actually remember it…which brings me to my next point.
2.) Make it easy to remember. This means more guests will actually use it. If guests are confused and left wondering what the actual hashtag is, they’ll likely use the wrong one…which means you could miss out on awesome photos. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
3.) Keep it short and sweet. Don’t overthink it. Anything too long and it will be tough to recall. Shorten or combine words to create something unique that isn’t lengthy. Look for words that could easily be misspelled and swap them out for easier ones, if possible.
4.) Make sure it isn’t already taken. You don’t want photos of your big day getting mixed in with photos from someone else’s! Do a quick search of your proposed hashtag. If it doesn’t yield any results, you’re probably in the clear. If it does, however, you might want to reconsider.
5.) Use it early and often. Don’t wait until your wedding day to use your hashtag. Any time you take wedding-related photos – dress shopping, DIYing in your living room, bridal shower, bachelorette party, and even applying for your marriage license – upload it to Instagram and use your hashtag. This will help your friends and family catch on. But, more importantly, it will leave you with a collection of images documenting the entire wedding planning process.
6.) Promote it! Add your hashtag to your wedding website, weekend itinerary, and even cocktail napkins. I don’t think a formal wedding invitation is an appropriate location for a hashtag, but if you’re having a casual affair, you could maybe get away with it. Of course, don’t forget a sign or two in a high-traffic areas at your reception, like the bar or gift table!
After the wedding day is over, don’t forget to collect all of the photos. Use IFTTT to save photos using your hashtag to an album on your phone or Facebook and even to Dropbox. Remember – if a guest’s Instagram account is private, you won’t be able to see their photos even if they use your hashtag!
Will your wedding be social? What creative hashtag did you come up with? Comment below (and I’ll likely stalk you on IG!)! Still need some help coming up with the perfect one? Give me some info about your big day (date, location, names, etc.) and I'll try to help you out! Happy Hashtag-ing!