So you just got engaged…Congratulations! It’s time to start planning. If you’re anything like the brides I’ve seen, you’re probably going to go one of two ways: actual planning or building your hashtag.
I’ve mentioned a couple of times before that I’m a member of a couple girls only groups on Facebook. It’s popped up quite a bit recently that girls need help for their girlfriends and making a wedding hashtag. Generally, the post goes something like this:
Hey ladies! My friend just got engaged and they need a hashtag! Her name is Jessica and his is Bobby. Help!
Let me just tell you…that’s not how you start finding a hashtag. There are a few sites that you can use, like eWedding, Wedding Hashtag Wall, and PastBook. That last one will actually take public posts from different social media sites (using your hashtag) and help you make a photo book!
However, if you want to be creative and do it on your own, here’s what you need:
- Bride’s Full Name
- Groom’s Full Name
- Wedding Date
- Wedding Location
It’s that simple. Four simple things to build a hashtag. It helps if you know a bit more about the couple as well. For example, my sister was marrying in to the Navy, so we toyed with the concept of #newnavywife621. It’s also helpful if your name is a close resemblance to something else wedding related.
#BrockYouLikeAHurricanders – This was an old dance friend of mine who just got married in the fall. The hashtag used both of their names!
Now, there are a few things you should do once you think you’ve found the perfect hashtag.
- Check it! Go look on different social media platforms for any potential uses. For me, I think it’s fair to use it if it hasn’t been used elsewhere in 6 months or more. However, chances are that you can be more creative and find a new one.
- Use it. Posting a picture of your ring? Include the hashtag. Sharing your wedding venue? Include the hashtag. That way, people at showers or bachelorette parties can use it too. Having a nice hashtag that’s well spread to the duration of your engagement will help with looping all of your pictures together.
- Be careful with the potential for mistakes. Smartphone keyboards are small! It’s easy to miss a letter, so try and make your hashtag fool-proof.
Don’t get overwhelmed with picking a hashtag! Remember, wedding planning is supposed to be fun. Lean on your friends because this kind of stuff is fun.