After hours of brainstorming, scrolling, and clicking, you did it — you created the perfect wedding hashtag. It's flawless — a clever representation of your personalities and love — and you're happy to include that baby everywhere you can, from save-the-dates, to your wedding website, to ceremony programs.
While you probably crafted your hashtag as a way to curate your guest's wedding memories and keep track of every last festive moment, beware that you may encounter one unintended hashtag side-effect: wedding stalkers.
No, we're not talking Lifetime movie stalkers — these are more of the friendly digital variety. Curious who might be clicking through your sentimental snaps right this second? Take a peek below...
That Way-Back-When Acquaintance
Social media — it has a beautiful tendency to keep us superficially connected to the acquaintances we've collected throughout our lives. You know that girl from high school that you were never friends with, yet she likes all your Instagram photos? She's gone through that hashtag of yours like a detective on espresso — and even showed her favorite moments to her begrudging boyfriend.
Your Vendors' Potential Client
In this day and age, it's likely that your wedding vendors are very active on social media. Of course, we tend to think this is a great thing (who doesn't want their feed clogged with beautiful wedding photos?) but brace yourself for the random eyeballs of would-be clients clicking through your hashtag after your photographer, wedding planner, hairdresser, and florist share snaps of their work. We say enjoy your 15 minutes of Instagram fame, but if you're averse to the idea, you can also politely ask them to leave your hashtag out of the caption.
Your Friend's Little Brother's Ex Girlfriend
The poor thing. All she did was click on her ex boyfriend's brother's Instagram searching for intel about his current life, and now she's 37 photos into your hashtag, weeping as she wonders whether she'll ever find true love.
Your Just-Missed-the-Guest-List-Cut Friend
No, your friend that didn't make the wedding cut isn't bitter — she "totally gets how it is with weddings." She's just kind of hoping you had a little less fun than you would have if she was there. You know? Just a little. But she thinks you looked gorgeous — double tap, double tap, double tap. No hard feelings here.
The Woops-I-Drank-too-Much Wedding Guests
Look, we are not ones to judge anyone that has a great (read: champagne-fueled) time at a wedding. If they happened to get a bit fuzzy on some of the evening's details — no problem — that's what wedding hashtags are for.