Let's face it: Your wedding ain't cool unless it has its own hashtag! Nowadays it seems like everyone's creating their own hashtag, and we don't blame 'em. It's a wonderful way to encourage candid photos and collect them all in one place for your viewing pleasure later. So how do you spread the word to your wedding guests then? Here are seven creative ways to let everyone know about your hashtag.
1. Brand your cocktail napkins
A little liquid courage leads to a lot more photos! If you're just not that into the idea of a traditional monogrammed napkin, print your wedding hashtag on the cocktail napkins instead, Charleston wedding planner Francesca DiSalvo-Follmer of Pure Luxe Bride. "Guests will grab a bite or a drink and start to snap away once they see it."
2. Turn it into a photo booth prop
Say cheese! If you're doing a photo booth, make your wedding day hashtag a prop for guests to grab ahold of and strike a pose, recommends DiSalvo-Follmer. Chances are, they'll want to whip their iPhones out for a fun Instagram opp with it too.
3. Add it to the menu
While not everyone reads (or keeps) your program, you better believe everyone will be curious about what's for dinner, points out wedding and event planners Jennifer Arreguin and Natasha Burton of Swoon California. "Put your hashtag at the end of the menu to remind guests to use it." Your foodie friends will eat the idea right up — trust us.
4. Spell it out on vintage mirrors
A gorgeous décor statement and a functional place to display your wedding hashtag. DiSalvo-Follmer advises finding a few vintage mirrors to write on and placing them at your bar and/or lounge areas to help get the word out.
5. Shine a spotlight on it
Well, sort of. According to Arreguin and Burton, a custom gobo (lighting) that floats around the room during your reception will keep your hashtag top of mind as people take fun photos on the dance floor. We say let there be light!
6. Promote it on your party straws
It's your party and you can promote your hashtag if you want to! If you plan on greeting guests with signature drinks, decorate the flags of straws with your wedding hashtag as a cute and memorable welcome, proposes DiSalvo-Follmer. You can order these in bulk online, brides.
7. Let your cocktail coasters do the talking
Since most of your friends who Instagram will be hitting the bar, Arreguin and Burton say drink coasters are the perfect way to remind them to include your wedding hashtag when they post pictures on social media.