How to Create and Display a Memorable Wedding Hashtag
words by // Jamie Birdwell-Branson
It’s only natural that you’ll want to capture every magical moment of your wedding, which is why wedding hashtags are one of the most fun and useful tools of the 21st century wedding. Having your guests tag their photos on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter is one of the only ways you can revisit your wedding from the perspective of your guests—and also ensures that you won’t miss a moment of the action on the dance floor, your guests’ reaction to the wedding cake, and all those tiny little glances that your photographer may have missed.
If you’ve decided you want to create a hashtag, you may be wondering exactly what you should incorporate into it. Should you, for example, use last names, an inside joke, or a hashtag about the wedding space itself? And what do you do once you come up with it? What’s the best and most decorative way to let your guests know about your special wedding hashtag?
Here’s a quick guide to everything you need to know about wedding hashtags, and how you can use them in your own upcoming nuptials.
A Quick Guide to Creating Your Own Wedding Hashtag
Let’s face it: Not all of us are creative geniuses. While coming up with funny and clever hashtags may be second nature to some (#ILLWY, or “I love laundry with you”), others may struggle with finding the right one to fit their event. Luckily, there are a couple of easy ways to take the guesswork out of choosing your hashtag.
First, there’s the tried and true method of combining your last names to make the wedding hashtag. You could do something as simple as #KingJackson wedding—or using the ever popular hashtags of #King2Jackson, #BecomingJackson, or #HappilyEverJackson. Using your last names may not be the most creative, but all that really matters is that you have access to the aggregated photos.
If you really can’t muster up the creative juices to come up with a wedding hashtag, then use a handy wedding hashtag generator, like the one from WeddingWire.com. This wedding hashtag generator will take information like your two last names, wedding month, and any nicknames and spit out some options for you to choose from. No one will ever be the wiser that you didn’t come up with it on your own.
I’ve Got a Hashtag—Now What Do I Do With It?
Now that you know what hashtag you’re going to use, you’ll need to determine where to display it in order to get your guests’ attention (because, after all, the whole point was to get them to use it).
One of the easiest ways to display your hashtag is through signage/décor throughout the ceremony and reception. Here are just a few ideas you could use:
The wedding program. Whether you’re printing out individual programs or you’re making one large one to display at the entrance of the ceremony space, you could print the hashtag right on the program. This will signify to your guests right when they walk in to start snapping and start sharing and tagging each photo they take throughout the night.
Signage at the bar. If there’s one place your guests will be gathered throughout the evening—it’s going to be the bar. Put up a small little decorative sign that indicates your hashtag to remind them to be snapping pictures in between trips to get another gin and tonic.
Table numbers. If you’re choosing to create table numbers, it wouldn’t be that much more effort to drop in your hashtag right below the table number.
Photo booth prop. Having a photo booth at your wedding? What better way to display your hashtag than on some of the props that your guests will be wearing during their photoshoots. This will also give them a reminder to tag their photo booth photos once they post them on Insta.
The welcome sign/guest book table. Everyone will be dropping by the guest book table, so you might as well use that valuable real estate to put in a reminder for the hashtag. Create a little sign that’s right next to the guest book or have it on a welcome sign by the table.