The Best Wedding Hashtag Tips (and How to Make Your Own)
Unless you're having a completely unplugged wedding, we're guessing you started brainstorming the best wedding hashtag ideas for you and your future spouse shortly after getting engaged. We don't blame you—coming up with a creative wedding hashtag is one of the first fun things you get to do when you start planning. But if you're stumped trying to come up with wedding hashtag ideas, first check out the best wedding hashtags out there for inspiration, then read the top wedding hashtag tips from wedding planner Jesi Haack and social wedding concierge Sophie Pyle of Tweet the Bride.
Top Wedding Hashtag Ideas
Your wedding hashtag doesn't have to be insanely witty. Looking for a simple hashtag idea that's functional and to the point? Start with one of these templates for an easy wedding hashtag you can work off of to create your own.
Creative Wedding Hashtag Ideas
We've seen our fair share of creative, sweet 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.
How to Make Your Own Wedding Hashtag
Step 1: Start with your names.
This may be a bit obvious, but start with the basics. Use your first, last and nicknames as your wedding hashtag starting point. Remember that cutesy mash-up name your friends gave you guys in college that stuck for some reason? 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: Use numbers for a simple way to set your wedding hashtag apart.
If you don't have any standout monikers or can't come up with anything quirky, using the year or date of your wedding is an easy way to make your wedding hashtag your own. There might be a lot of #JackAndJill in the world, but you'll probably be the only #JackAndJill111719.
Step 3: Get punny.
This is one part of your wedding you can really have fun with, especially when it comes to word play. Look for alliterations, rhymes, synonyms and puns for a wedding hashtag that's both clever and memorable. If you and your partner are completely stumped, enlist a particularly witty friend or relative to help you brainstorm punny hashtag ideas.
Step 4: Avoid easy misspellings.
Read over your wedding hashtag for any obvious ways it could be misspelled by your 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 if guests can see where each word starts and ends. Doing this will also make it more likely that everyone will get your joke or pun. With or without the capitalization, your wedding hashtag will work the same either way.
Step 6: Check the wedding hashtag.
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 photos that don't seem wedding related, go ahead and use it, but if there's an entire 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.
Step 7: Spread the word.
After you've decided on a wedding hashtag, it's time to get the word out. Start early by telling your wedding party and putting it on your save-the-date and wedding website. At the wedding, you should also have reminders in case they forget. Pyle suggests using a cute sign that matches your décor. "Putting it on the menu is nice too," she says.
Step 8: Don't overthink it.
Will you remember your wedding hashtag forever? Maybe. Will you love the photos everyone took forever? Definitely. So if it turns out your couple nickname happens to be the word for a delicacy in another language and you start seeing food photos that aren't on your catering menu, just roll with it. "Turn it into a light joke," Pyle says. At the end of the day, it's the photos you'll really care about having, and that everyone had fun with it.
Want more wedding hashtag tips? Read 6 dos and don'ts of coming up with the right hashtag.
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