I have been to several events lately, and realised the ongoing trend of a wedding hashtag. I personally think it’s a great idea, to have your friends take photos of your special day some your photographer might even miss, creating this online virtual album. However there’s more to it than just typing out the pound sign. Below I will discuss a few pointers on how to create a successful wedding hashtag.
Starting with the basics, the hashtag must include you and your other half name. Use your first, last and nicknames as your starting point. You may choose a nickname your closest friends gave you both as a couple, whichever you please. Just make it easy for your guests to remember.
- You can add numbers
We all know we share a common name with someone somewhere in the world, if your names are commonly used, and you can’t come up with something catchy for you both. Try adding numbers, for example the year you’re getting married, or the date of your wedding. (There might be a lot of #EmmaandTom in the world, but you’ll probably be the only #EmmaandTom122016!)
- Have humour
This is one of those parts of your wedding that you can really have fun with, especially when it comes to word play. Look for alliterations, rhymes, synonyms and puns for a hashtag that’s both clever and memorable.
- Spell check
Read over your hashtag for any obvious ways it could be misspelled. For example you may want to shorten longer last names or move words around if there’s two letters in different words next to each other. It could be as simple as flipping #wandaanddave to be #daveandwanda instead.
Make it easier to read,capitalizing the first letter of each word can help with readability if guests can see where each word starts and ends. Doing this will also make it more likely that more people will get your joke or pun. With or without the capitalisation your hashtag will work the same either way.
- Validate the hashtag
Before you print any material with the hashtag you chose, make sure no body else has already used it. If there’s only a handful of other photos that don’t seem wedding related you should go ahead and use it, but if there’s an entire other wedding with the same exact hashtag you may want to switch a letter to a number or pick a different rhyme to avoid getting the photos mixed up.
- Share your hashtag
After you’ve decided on a hashtag it’s time to get the word out. Start early by telling your bridal party and putting it on your save-the-date. At the wedding you should also have reminders in case they forget. You can incorporate your hashtag using a cute sign that matches your decor, or putting it on the menu is nice too.