Everything You Need to Know About Wedding Hashtags (Including How to Make Your Own)
Coming up with a cute or clever wedding hashtag has to be one of the most fun parts of wedding planning. But before you go brainstorming puns with your future spouse, you might find yourself wondering: Is it really necessary? Wedding hashtags aren't exactly new on the scene, but there's a reason they've maintained popularity over the years.
Unless you're having a completely unplugged ceremony and reception, your guests are likely going to be posting some pics on the 'gram. A personalized hashtag is a quick and easy way to collect all of those wonderful memories. Plus, it'll encourage loved ones to share snaps on social media in the first place, meaning you can collect even more precious keepsakes—because your wedding photographer is amazing, but they can't be everywhere at once!
Not sure where to start? We're sharing some of the top wedding hashtag tips and ideas right here. Of course, if you don't want to add coming up with a personalized social media tag to your wedding checklist, we totally get it. Luckily, there are lots of free wedding hashtag generators you can turn to online for help, as well as professional writing services, such as Wedding Hashers.
In this article:
- How to Make Your Own Wedding Hashtag
- Hire a Professional Hashtag Writer
- Try a Wedding Hashtag Generator
- Top Wedding Hashtag Ideas
- Creative Wedding Hashtag Ideas
- How to Share Your Wedding Hashtag
How to Make Your Own Wedding Hashtag
If you're wondering how to come up with the perfect wedding hashtag but don't know where to begin, don't worry—it's actually pretty simple. To help you out, we've broken it down into six easy steps, complete with expert tips from event designer Jesi Haack. We suggest grabbing a pen and paper so you can get brainstorming right away!
Step 1: Start with your names.
This may be a bit obvious, but start with the basics. Use your first, last and nicknames as a jumping-off point. Remember that cutesy mash-up name your friends gave you guys in college? Well, this may be the time you actually want to embrace it. "It makes it easier for the guests to remember, which means more people will actually use it," Haack says.
Step 2: Get punny.
This is one part of your nuptials you can really have fun with, especially when it comes to wordplay. Look for alliterations, rhymes, synonyms and puns for a tag that's both clever and memorable. If you and your partner are completely stumped, enlist a particularly witty loved one to help you brainstorm or turn to a punny wedding hashtag generator online.
Step 3: Use numbers.
If you don't have any standout monikers or can't come up with anything quirky (let's face it, some names just don't have a rhyme), using your wedding date or year is an easy way to make it your own. If you don't add a number, you'll run the risk of duplicating another couple's wedding name.
Step 4: Avoid easy misspellings.
Read over your final draft for any obvious ways it could be misspelled by your wedding guests (especially when the drinks start flowing). For example, you may want to shorten longer last names or move words around if there are two of the same letters in different words next to each other. It could be as simple as flipping #SaraAndDave to #DaveAndSara to avoid a hazardous double "a."
Step 5: Capitalize the first letter of each word.
Capitalizing the first letter of each word can help with readability, allowing guests to clearly see where each word starts and ends. Doing this will also make it more likely that everyone will get your joke or pun. It'll work the same way on social media posts with or without capitalization.
Step 6: Check that it hasn't been used before.
Before you print those save-the-dates, do a quick check of the wedding hashtag to see if there's already been something tagged to it and, if so, how many photos. If there's only a handful of other pictures that don't seem wedding related, go ahead and use it, but if there's a whole other wedding with the same exact hashtag, you may want to switch a letter to a number or pick a different rhyme to avoid getting the photos mixed up. "Hijacking someone else's hashtag is no good," Haack says.
Hire a Professional Hashtag Writer
If coming up with your own wedding pun or cute phrase is proving difficult, it might be time to turn to a professional. Wedding hashtag creators (we like Wedding Hashers) offer a bespoke service. All you need to do is enter a few details so the pros can get started. Once they've come up with a few custom options, they'll send their ideas right to your inbox ASAP. While the service does cost a fee, you'll have a memorable hashtag to show for it (minus the stress).
Of course, as with any investment in your big day, you'll want to consider the cons as well as the pros. While trusting in professional writers to create some good wedding hashtags is a pretty safe bet, there's always a chance you won't like what they come up with. If you're unsure, we recommend checking out some wedding hashtag examples from other couples who have tried the service.
It's also worth noting that Wedding Hashers asks for your preferences during the onboarding quiz—options range from cute and funny wedding hashtags to simple and serious ones. You can also select how and where you want to use your hashtag, from bridal shower and bachelorette party merch to postwedding events.
Try a Wedding Hashtag Generator
Still running into some roadblocks? If you'd rather not splash the cash on a professional writer, there is a Plan C. Try using a free online wedding hashtag maker, like this one from Wedding Hashers. A quick Google search will bring up plenty more of these generators, so you can keep trying different options until you find the best wedding hashtag generator for you.
One thing to keep in mind: These suggestions won't be professionally tailored to you and your partner. That said, they're still a helpful template for coming up with your own special phrase. Many generators will also give you top trending wedding hashtags so you won't miss out on the latest and greatest formats.
Top Wedding Hashtag Ideas
Your wedding hashtag doesn't have to be insanely witty. Looking for a simple idea that's functional and to the point? Check out this list of the best wedding hashtags that'll work for any couple. Start with one of these first or last name wedding hashtag templates to create your own personal phrase.
Creative Wedding Hashtag Ideas
We've seen our fair share of creative, cool and funny hashtags from real weddings. Below are a few of our favorite ideas that combine some aspect of the couples' names (like their first names, initials or new shared name) with a fun rhyme, pun, inside joke or pop culture reference. Use these popular wedding hashtag phrases as inspiration to come up with your own.
How to Share Your Wedding Hashtag
After you've made the final decision, it's time to get the word out. You'll want to make guests aware of your hashtag before the wedding day—the more they see it, the more likely they are to remember to use it when the time comes. Tell your wedding party, put it on your save-the-dates and of course, don't forget your wedding website!
On the day, it's also a good idea to have a few reminders on site. There are lots of cool ways to display your hashtag around your venue, from including it in your wedding decor (think: welcome signage) to printing it on cute table cards.