A wedding hashtag is a great way to see all the pictures posted by your guests on social media, but you’ll need something unique! Here’s how to create your wedding hashtag…
Combine names and dates
An easy way to create a wedding hashtage is simply to combine your names and your wedding date! Including the date or the year is a good way to ensure that your hashtag is unique – after all, if your surname is Smith, you’re going to be sifting through a LOT of other pictures if you go with the hashtag #SmithWedding. Modifying it to #SmithWedding2018 or #SmithWedding0718 (for July 2018) will narrow things down a little, while adding the second surname (e.g. #SmithBrownWedding) will help too. It doesn’t have to be your surnames, either – something like #SarahAndJackAreGettingMarried or #SarahAndJackTieTheKnot will work too! Just be aware that long hashtags will limit how much your guests can write.
Make it easy to read
When you’re displaying your wedding hashtag (more on that later), the easier it is to read, the more likely it is that your guests will use it correctly. Capitalise the first word of every letter, particuarly if it’s a long hashtag, and try to avoid the same letter being next to each other. For example, if your hashtag is #sarahandbretttietheknot, we can guarantee that people will leave out at least one ‘t’ – especially after a few glasses of bubbly! Changing it to #SarahAndBrettTieTheKnot makes it easier to read, and swapping the names around to #BrettAndSarahTieTheKnot avoids the three t’s together.
Don’t be afraid of puns
The wedding hashtag orginated in the US, and the trend there is to come up with funny or original hashtags by using puns, alliteration and rhymes. In-jokes are great too – if you or your h2b have nicknames, then don’t be afraid to include them! There are plenty of wedding hashtag generators online to help with this, or you can ask on an online wedding forum – you’d be amazed how creative people can be.
Show it off!
Once you’ve come up with your hashtag, make sure to share it so that people know to use it! Create signs with your hashtag to match your wedding decor and place them around the venue where people will see them. Lightboxes are a great idea, as are chalkboards, and you can always include miniature signs as part of the centrepieces to remind people. You could even print your hashtag on the day-of stationery, such as the order of service or the menus.