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Today, she'll be telling you everything you need to know about wedding hashtags.
Do we have to have a wedding hashtag?
Not necessarily! If you're more of a private couple and aren't so comfortable having pictures of your wedding shared publicly, feel free to forgo this part of the wedding-planning process. But if you're a "sharer," creating a personalized wedding hashtag is one of the best ways to see all those fun Instagram shots in one place. An added bonus? They'll tide you over until your professional photographs arrive!
How do we create a unique wedding hashtag?
This is a chance to have some fun! Try a cute amalgam of your names, take advantage of any nicknames, or try a fun play on words. If you're stuck, ask your friends and family for ideas. I bet they're punnier than you think! Just be sure to do a quick Instagram search beforehand to make sure your potential hashtag isn't already taken. In most cases, simply adding the year or wedding date can remedy that. Oh, and if you don't feel like being too cutesy, there's nothing wrong with a simple, straightforward hashtag. #NatalieAndJohn2018 can certainly do the trick.
How do we encourage our guests to use our hashtag?
Publicity is important for your hashtag, and, thankfully, there are lots of ways to spread the word. Include your hashtag on your save-the-date and wedding website (if you have one) as a heads-up to your guests before the big day. You should also start actually utilizing your hashtag well before the wedding at any showers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, or even for any parts of the planning process you'll be sharing with your social network. On the day of, include your hashtag in some of those fun decor details, like signage, cocktail napkins, the guestbook, menus, and photo-booth props.
Are there any pitfalls we should be aware of?
Be mindful of sharing too many photos of pre-wedding events like the bridal shower and bachelorette party if you have any sensitive guests who weren't extended an invite to these particular festivities. Also, the getting-ready process on the day of the wedding is full of so much excitement for the bride and her crew. Make sure they remember not to share any photos of you on social media until after you've walked down the aisle. Your final look is supposed to be a surprise, after all!