Our handy little guide to creating your own wedding hashtags
Wedding hashtags are a non-essential that you don’t necessarily need. But if you, your other half, or your guests are a bit social media obsessed, it’s a fun and easy way to build excitement around your big day. Its also the best way of crowd-sourcing wedding photos to compliment your official ones – when it comes to re-living every single intimate moment from your big day wedding hashtags are a must!
Wedding hashtags can be created using an online generator and there are even companies who will do the job for you if you pay them… But the best event hashtags are usually created in a flash of inspiration by the person at the centre of the party. Follow these easy steps and you’ll come up with one in no time.
Pen and paper at the ready! Wait, no its 2018… tablet and stylus at the ready!
Gather the key info about your wedding hashtag
First things first, get the most important information ready and in front of you.
- Your full name
- Your partner’s full name
- The date of the wedding
- Any other significant dates (e.g. the day you met, your first date)
- The name of the venue
- What part of the world your wedding is taking place in
- Your wedding theme or style
Now comes the fun bit of wedding hashtags…building it!
Note down lots of different ideas, no matter how silly they seem. This might spark ideas for more elements to include in your hashtags. Maybe the names of your pets or children, your joint-favourite movie of all time, or the wine you always have in the cupboard. Try and avoid the obvious contenders which include #NameAndName, #HappilyEverAfter and #JustMarried as your pictures may get lost among dozens of others… Remember this is fun, there are no wrong answers!
Try different formats
If you’re not feeling those creative juices flowing then try something more standard, this can be to your advantage on the big day as there can be no drunken confusion when its easy. Some couples do inevitably end up with Chinese whispers amongst their guests, and their carefully planned wedding hashtag ends up being something quite different… Wedding hashtags can come in lots of different formats so try some of these and add them to the list:
- #TeamSurname or #TeamSurname2018
Get the puns out
If you’ve got a natural joker in the family, now’s the time to ask for their help. Otherwise, you can enhance your own punning skills using the help of the internet!
Start with a word from the list you made in step 1. Use rhymezone.com to find rhymes for your word or elements of that word (the “Jack” in Jackson, for example). Enter one of the resulting rhymes in the search bar at idioms.thefreedictionary.com to find common phrases and sayings to base your pun on. Then it’s just a matter of swapping the two words. Surnames are easy to do this with, for example, “HappilyEverAdams”, “HitMeBabyOneMooreTime” and “ByrneBabyByrne”.
Be brutal, shortlist & check
At this point, you want to aim to have a shortlist of 10-20 hashtags. But before you do anything else, search for them on social media to make sure they haven’t been used before. If there’s only a handful of other photos that don’t seem wedding related, 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.
Review your choices
Go through each of your potential wedding hashtags and ask yourself the following questions:
- Is it unique enough that it won’t be used by another couple in the next few months?
- Is it memorable?
- Does it read clearly without spaces between the words?
- Is every word easy to spell?
- Is it short enough?
If you’re answering no to multiple questions, that one needs to get cut too. When you’ve done this, the hashtag at the top of your list is your perfect one. Congrats boys and girls!
Capitalise Each Letter of Every Word
Capitalising 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 everyone will get your joke or pun.
Spread your wedding hashtag to the people
After you’ve decided on a wedding hashtag, it’s time to get the word out. Start early by telling your wedding party and putting it on your save-the-date and wedding website. At the wedding, you should also have reminders in case they forget. Create & erect a cute sign that matches your décor and add it subtly/not subtly to any other stationary you have on the day such menus, table plans etc
There you have it! What’s your wedding hashtag?? Comment below our Facebook post on this and inspire your fellow brides! #BellissimaBrides
L & the girls xx