7 Tips for Creating the Perfect Wedding Hashtag
Creating a unique and personal hashtag has become a normal part of wedding planning for modern brides. With our generation’s increasing-by-the-day presence on and obsession with social media, asking your guests to utilize a wedding hashtag to aggregate all the snaps they post is a great way to experience your event from multiple perspectives. By clicking on your hashtag on Instagram, you can see the group selfie your college friends took at the cocktail hour while you were busy taking romantic photos with your new spouse. Coming up with a clear, clever, and unique hashtag can be tricky, so we’ve broken down the top things to keep in mind while developing your own, along with some stellar examples to inspire you!
The most obvious choice for coming up with a unique and personal phrase would be to start with your names. Either a combination of your first names, last names, nicknames, or a mix of them all.
Examples: #SarahAndDavid, #MeetTheSnyders, #Bennifer
If you have common names that have already been used as hashtags, think about adding in the location of your wedding to further customize your tag. Feel free to be as broad or specific as you wish as long as it clearly defines your event.
Examples: #KellyAndJenInChicago, #TheSouthCarolinaSmiths, #JessAndPaulAtTheParker
Throwing in the year of your event—or the year you met—sets your wedding apart from others and is yet another way to avoid going with the same tag a couple has previously used.
Examples: #DanaAndKevinSince2007, #ChrisAndKimNYC2015
Some of the best hashtags use the couple’s names, wedding location, or a descriptor of their event and turn it into a pun. Think about phrases that have words that rhyme with your names, or brainstorm synonyms to use.
Examples: #GoadToTheChapel, #KevinGetsMaryd, #OhWhatAKnight2015
Before settling on a hashtag and informing your guests or printing it on signs to place around the reception venue, do a quick sweep of what already exists on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. You don’t want the spring break photos of #TheBrownsInTheBahamas making their way into the feed of your gorgeous destination wedding.
Especially for those not accustomed to tagging photos with hashtags (hey, Mom!), making yours easy to read and type will ensure no one's posts get lost and end up missing your feed. Try capitalizing the first letter of each word (like we’ve done with the above examples) to make it easier to read. Also, beware of tricky location and descriptor names. If you think they will easily be mixed up, think about selecting something else.
A hashtag that’s too long can be a pain to type out, plus a longer tag means there are more opportunities for your guests to misspell something, leave out a number, or confuse the order. Keep things as simple and concise as possible to ensure you’ll never miss a snap!
Shop some ways to spread the word about your hashtag below.
Did you create a hashtag for your wedding? Share what it was in the comments!