These days, every single guest with a smart phone can be an instant wedding photographer. All your special moments, from the vow exchange to the kiss, will be posted on social media mere minutes or even seconds after it happened. Unless you want to have an unplugged wedding, this isn't really a bad thing.
In fact, it's a great way to share happiness with the guests who couldn't make it to your big day. It also enables you to see your own wedding through the guests' eyes and discover sides that you might've missed out on. However, it can be hard to keep track of all the photos your guests have taken without a consistent hashtag.
That's why, you should prepare a creative and catchy hashtag yourself, then tell all your guests and even vendors to use it on the big day. Below, we've compiled 12 creative ways to do just that. Do you have any other ideas? Share them in the comments section below!
The invitation suite will deliver the first impressions of your wedding to every guest. Add the hashtag to your invitation or RSVP card, as pictured above, to plant the idea in your guests’ minds.
What’s the first thing your guests will see when entering the venue? That’s right, it’s the wedding sign! Write your hashtag below or alongside your names; make sure to choose a clear script with a good size. Take some notes from Kit and Christie, who welcomed guests to their elegant rustic celebration in Bali with a handwritten sign.
Keep the hashtag in sync with the rest of your wedding decor. Ask your decorator to prepare a board, as pictured in this rustic garden wedding in Jakarta, or other decorative element with the same material, color, and theme as its surroundings. Add it to the centerpiece, installation, or any other areas that your guests will easily notice.
Announce your wedding hashtag alongside your guest book, just like this couple did for their charming beachside wedding in Nusa Dua. As your guests will sign or look for their names as soon as they arrive, this setup will surely catch their attention.
Here’s another way to make your hashtag easily noticeable, especially if your venue is on the larger side and has several different areas. Indonesian celebrity couple, Junior Liem and Putri Titian showcased their wedding hashtag to guests who were looking for directions.
Here’s an interesting idea, get your wedding hashtag printed on paper napkins. Prepare the printed napkins as part of your table settings or simply put them near every food stall. Better yet, just do both!
This is another nice way to make your wedding hashtag display look pretty. Place it on a mirror that suits your wedding theme; an ornate framed mirror for a vintage touch, or a sleek one to add a modern atmosphere.
Instead of a mirror, you can also use a transparent piece of glass for your wedding hashtag display. Ask a calligrapher to write your hashtag, or just do it yourself. Make sure to choose a bold color and clear script to make sure your guests can actually read the hashtag.
Ask your decorator for simple cards that can be placed anywhere you want. Make as many as you need depending on your guest list and venue size, and feel free to choose different shapes and sizes. For their constellation-inspired wedding in Bandung, Zindy and Sidharta had standing cards with a charming, starry theme.
A lot of couples prepare photo booths and corners or decorative centerpieces for guests to take pictures with. Complete your photo setup with props that display your wedding hashtag. That way, your guests can use it right after taking photos.
Favors and Gifts
If you’re planning a destination wedding, print the wedding hashtag on a tote bag filled with travel essentials, as pictured above. Or, add it to the wedding itinerary, information booklet, or any other item included in the welcome bag.