Sharing the Big Day
There is a fine line when it comes to social media usage on your wedding day – are you Instagram obsessed or opting for an unplugged wedding?
The social media realm has truly impacted the wedding industry in a very significant way. We all know how much friends and family just love flipping through a dusty scrapbook, watching slideshows of your honeymoon adventures & reliving their worst moments on the dance floor after a few mixed drinks! Social media allows guests (and the guests of honor) to share their experiences in the moment. If anyone knows me, they know I’m obsessed with pictures and can’t wait for anything – so the second my new husband & I crawl into the matte black Range Rover (fingers crossed) to leave the reception, you better believe I’ll be whipping out my phone, clicking our wedding hashtag and browsing the collection of photos! From sharing pics to event information and added custom charm – here’s how to make the most out of your big day with social media!
If ya’ll only knew the amount of time I spend every day thinking of fabulous wedding hashtags for myself & soon-to-be engaged friends…it’s ridiculous. Crafting the most perfect wedding hashtag is so important! Guests will use the custom phrase to sort your wedding photos into a virtual album across all social media platforms, so making yours unique is key. Try pairing your last names, first initials, hobbies, cutesy love stuff or the wedding venue to get a handful of options. For example:
Lindsay Smith + Ryan Moore
#MooreLoving ◦ #WhenLindsayMetRyan ◦ #MeetTheMoores
◦ #MooresTakeMaui2017 ◦ #LSRMTieTheKnot
When you decide on an official #hashtag, be sure to include it on your invites or frame a couple cute signs around the venue to keep guests informed! I’m loving this downloadable watercolor signage from Etsy.
If you’re an avid Snapchat user, you’re familiar with the wave of excitement that comes from seeing a *flashy* custom geofilter! Did you know you could have your very own!? Etsy continues to slay social media wedding add-ons with a variety of different vendors and designs to choose from! Millennials, this is something that your guests will remember. Pick a metallic script, a floral array or work with vendors to create your own!
PAGING THE NEWLYWEDS
Even if you’re not one of those brides (who is actively changing her Facebook status from “engaged” to “married” seconds after the pastor has pronounced you man & wife) a wedding webpage is helpful for everyone! Many wedding websites offer this feature, but I’m a big fan of The Knot. The Knot’s custom FREE website maker is the wedding tool of the web. You can create a profile page that tells your story, how you met, and blurbs about the bride and groom (let me tell you – I’m much more willing to buy my co-worker a Kate Spade champagne flute set if I know more than just the bride’s first name.) You can share your registry, guest list, guest book & even meal preferences – an easy one stop shop for guests to find all the big day details!
Protect your Pinterest!
If you’re relatively familiar with Pinterest – then you already have a board dedicated to wedding planning (don’t lie!) While it’s fun to send pins of stunning Lela Rose gowns to your girlfriends (and secretly plan your future hubby’s wedding day digs down to the custom monogram cuff links) you’ll want to make a private board to keep the element of surprise in play. Unfortunately, according to this dude, you cannot make turn public boards into private boards. You can send all of the fantasy pins turned real life details to the secret board to keep your guests on their toes!
Line Dancing from Afar
Destination wedding across the pond? Gram & Gramps can’t make it to the Keys? No worries, girls! Periscope is the coolest app ever. It allows you to broadcast live video from anywhere! Followers (guests) can join, comment & even send “hearts” – LIKE HOW PERFECT IS THIS? Anyone who can’t make your wedding can still attend in spirit. Make sure to capture the first dance, bouquet toss & cake cutting!