Your wedding photographer can’t possibly capture every moment of your special day. However, your guests can easily fill in the gaps via social media. By using a wedding hashtag, guests can post photos on Instagram, Facebook, and other sites and serve as a kind of personal paparazzi!
According to WeddingWire’s 2018 Newlywed Report, 54% of couples create a wedding hashtag. The report also found that one out of four couples looks at the photos on social media right after their reception. Says Jeffra Trumpower, the creative director at WeddingWire, “Hashtags allow you to be able to see your wedding photos in real-time. We’re living in an era of instant gratification.” Typically, some of your wedding guests will Instagram their favorite pics from the day, and we’re sure you’d like to see them all!
Many brides-to-be get stumped trying to come up with unique wedding hashtag ideas. If this sounds like you, keep reading to get inspired by the most creative wedding hashtags out there. We’ll also share the top 8 tips for establishing your very own wedding hashtag!
Wedding Hashtag Ideas
The hashtag you choose for your wedding hashtag doesn’t need to be insanely witty. Are you hoping for a simple hashtag idea that’s functional and to the point? Start by checking out these templates for an easy hashtag you can work from to create your own.
Here at the Foothills Event Center, we’ve seen lots of creative, funny, and sweet hashtags at real weddings. Some couples choose to use a pop culture reference, inside joke, rhyme, or pun for their wedding hashtag or combine some aspect of their names.
How to Make Your Wedding Hashtag
Learn how to make the best wedding hashtag by following these 7 easy steps:
Step 1: Begin with your names
Start with the basics. Try using your first and last names as well as your nicknames as your starting point. Remember that adorable name your friends gave the two of you in college that stuck for some reason? Your wedding may be the time you’ll want to embrace it. More guests will use your wedding hashtag if it’s something cutesy and easy to remember.
Step 2: Try using numbers
To set your wedding hashtag apart from the others, you might try using the year or date of your wedding. This step is especially helpful if you can’t come up with anything quirky or don’t have any nicknames that stand out. For example, there might tons of #ChrisAndKatie in the world, but you’ll probably be the only #ChrisAndKatie62020.
Step 3: Play with words
Since this is a part of your wedding you can really have fun with, try wordplay. For a wedding hashtag that’s clever and memorable, look for rhymes, alliterations, synonyms, and puns.
If you and your finance are entirely stumped, ask a particularly witty friend or relative for help with a punny hashtag. You can also request ideas from wedding vendors, like your photographer, wedding planner, or caterer.
Or, try a wedding hashtag generator, like the one offered by WeddingWire.com. The tool asks for your names, wedding date, and place, and then generates wedding hashtag ideas for you!
Step 4: Avoid misspellings
Make sure to review your wedding hashtag to see if there are ways it could be misspelled by your guests (particularly when the drinks start being served). You may want to move words around if there are two of the same letters in different words next to each other. Or, you might shorten longer last names for simplicity. It could be as simple as adjusting #SaraAndMatt to #MattAndSara to avoid a hazardous double “a.”
Step 5: Capitalize each word
Capitalizing the first letter of every word will make your hashtag more readable at a glance. It allows your wedding guests to see where each word begins and ends easily. Plus, capitalization will make it more likely that everyone gets your pun or joke. But no matter how you capitalize your wedding hashtag, it will still work the same on Instagram.
Step 6: Check for duplicates
Before you print your hashtag on those save-the-dates, do a quick check on Instagram. You’ll want to see if there’s already been something tagged with it. If there has, see how many photos used that hashtag.
If it’s just a handful of photos that don’t seem wedding-related, go ahead and use it. But if someone else’s wedding used the same hashtag, make a small adjustment to avoid getting the photos mixed up. You might try switching a letter to a number or choosing a different rhyme.
You don’t want to compete with someone else’s wedding hashtag, or have to sift through a ton of other people’s photos!
Step 7: Get the word out
After you’ve chosen your wedding hashtag and checked for duplicates, it’s time to spread the word. Get an early start by telling your wedding party, listing it on your save-the-date, and mentioning it on your wedding website.
You should also have reminders at your wedding in case guests forget. We suggest making a cute sign that matches your décor, adding the info to your ceremony program, or putting it on simple tent cards at each table. Other ideas include your guest book, a welcome chalkboard, cocktail napkins, dinner menus, or near your photo booth props.
Consider including your Instagram name too. That way, just in case your guests don’t follow you, they can easily find you and tag you in pictures also.
Just like that, all the pictures Instagrammed at your wedding will be in one place! Did you use a hashtag at your wedding? Share it with us in the comments!