Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Tuesday Trends - Wedding Hashtags

Welcome to another glorious Tuesday!

We encountered some technical difficulties last week, but we’re back up and running and have a great trend for you this week!  We’re talking…wedding hashtags!

Now before you decide if this something you want to do for your big day let me break down exactly what a wedding hashtag is and why it deserves a second thought before being passed up.

So for those of you that aren’t already in the hashtag game Merriam-Webster defines it as;  a word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that classifies or categorizes the accompanying text (such as a tweet).

When you go to an event, whether it be a concert, or a fair, or a play it generally has a hashtag so when people are talking about it online (facebook, twitter etc.) they can add the custom hashtag to their post and when someone clicks on, or searches said tag, all of the posts that have the tag as well show up. It’s a really great way for people to come together and see different opinions on a certain topic or to see what else is going on around you at an event.

You may be asking how this has anything to do with your wedding. Valid question. Chances are most of your guests have some form of social media. Chances are that they are going to take some pictures on their phone throughout the night. Chances are you’ll never actually get to see any of those photos because they will get sucked into the abyss of phone galleries and photo clouds. Unless…you have a custom hashtag that your guests can use to tag the photos they upload to whatever form of media they prefer. Now when you search your tag you are going to get this awesome little collection of photos and posts from your guests. Neat right? Nothing can replace a good photographer but it can be really fun to see things from the guests point of view.  My personal favorite place to use hashtags is instagram. It’s a really easy way to see what cool things are happening wherever I am, and to share my experience with others.

If you do decide to use your own hashtag there are a few things you want to be sure to do;

1.)    Make sure it’s not already taken.
Oh so often I see hashtags being recycled, and that’s fine, but for a wedding you want to make sure that you have your own and that it’s unique, otherwise when you search your tag you’re going to have to sort through photos that aren’t yours.

2.)    Make your hashtag seen!
There are lots of cute ideas out there on how to display your hashtag so your guests know it exists! Make sure it’s seen and that people know to use it.

3.)    Don’t overcomplicate it.
If your tag is complicated and long people will not use it. Keeping it simple is the way to go.

Overall it’s just another way to personalize your big day and to make sure you’re not missing out on capturing a moment of the fun.  Even if you aren’t big on social media I can almost guarantee that some of your attendees are and that they will love that you have your own special tag. 

Photo from Marisa and Oliver's Wedding collection by Cyndi Hardy Photography