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5 Ways to Embrace Social Media at Weddings

Social media has changed the way guests celebrate at a wedding. Instagram this. “Like” this. Hashtag that. Disposable cameras are forever replaced by camera phones, which means everyone can share photos instantly online. Whether you love social media or loathe it, there’s one thing that’s certain: you can’t run from it. Read on for five ways to embrace social media at weddings…

5 Ways to Embrace Social Media at Weddings - chalkboard by rosie and cozy

by rosie and cozy

Social Media at Weddings

1. Make Your Own Hashtag.

A hashtag on Twitter is a way to create a ‘category’ thread people can follow. For instance, you can create a hashtag for your wedding using your initials, names, or anything you’d like. The trick to a great hashtag is to make one that’s truly unique. If you pick something that’s too generic — like #JustMarried – you’ll have thousands of other messages to sort through on your feed. Make it something like, #EMMAandANDREWTietheKnot. You don’t have to set anything up — just pick the hashtag. Guests can then use the tag in their tweets by including #yourhashtag at the end of their message.

5 Ways to Embrace Social Media at Weddings - hashtag chalkboard by grace graffiti

by grace graffiti

2. Encourage guests to take photos.

Guests won’t want to share photos on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter unless you give them the go-ahead. Make it clear with signs or a chalkboard at your reception.

5 Ways to Embrace Social Media at Weddings - instagram sign by nostalgic imprints5 Ways to Embrace Social Media at Weddings - social media sign by nostalgic imprints

by nostalgic imprints

3. Have Guests Upload Their Photos

Make it easy for guests to share their photos! Use an online program like iRave, a photo sharing website that assigns an email address for guests to send photos to. You get to manage who can view the photos — even approve photos before they go live.

4. Use social media props for your photo booth.

Check out these Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest inspired photo prop flags by Betawife. They’ll definitely get guests in the social media mood.

5 Ways to Embrace Social Media at Weddings - photo props by betawife

5. Print your Instagram photos after the wedding.

Use Printstagr.am (or other printing source) to print your photos. Turn them into stickers and use them as seals on your thank you cards.

5 Ways to Embrace Social Media at Weddings - instagram stickers for thank you card seals! love this.

And print photos to place in an Instagram photo album. This one is by Foxgram.

5 Ways to Embrace Social Media at Weddings - instagram photo album by foxgram

Tips

Social media at weddings is best utilized by guests, not the bride and groom. Enjoy your day — let your guests snap photos and make sure you’re in plenty of ’em! And, guests, please be mindful of the professional photographers and videographers at the wedding. Give them space and stay clear of their shots. And, don’t share EVERY detail instantly on Facebook or Twitter. Uninvited guests don’t need a play-by-play, and you want to keep an element of mystery. Also, never post any photos of the bride before the wedding (in case the groom might see!)

Fun Social Media Finds

Don’t stop there! Here are a few other social media finds we spotted on the web.

5 Ways to Embrace Social Media at Weddings - twitter necklace by spiffing jewelry

by spiffing jewelry

5 Ways to Embrace Social Media at Weddings - facebook married print by blushface

by blushface

5 Ways to Embrace Social Media at Weddings - #justmarried print by everything hashtag

by everything hashtag

5 Ways to Embrace Social Media at Weddings - just married facebook like tshirt by regal rhinestones

by regal rhinestones

Happy Planning!


-E.

Now it’s your turn: what do you think of social media at weddings?

How to Plan a Wedding with Pinterest

Hello, beautiful people + Happy Thursday! Have you heard of Pinterest? If you’re new to the site, the best way to describe it is a visual pinboard. Imagine you have a huge bulletin board in your office where you tack words, inspiring quotes, organizing ideas, recipes, and more – only, this pinboard is larger than life, includes brilliant ideas from folks around the world, and can be categorized, indexed, and searched in no time flat. Amazing, right? And that’s just the beginning! This site is helpful for literally every area of your life, from organizing your home, cooking meals, cleaning tips, finding DIY ideas, designing your dream (totally unrealistic) home, planning trips for someday, and yes, planning an incredible wedding. Today, we’re focusing on how to plan a wedding with Pinterest by showing you easy how-to’s to turn you into a pinning expert by this afternoon. Whether you’re a bride-to-be, a photographer, a wedding planner, handmade artisan, Maid of Honor, or someone who just loves to be inspired by beautiful things, this is the post for you. Ready to get inspired? Let’s begin… but first, I (Emma here!) must warn you… it is HIGHLY addictive. ;) Enjoy!

how to plan a wedding with pinterest

First things first: you must sign up. Pinterest is free, but you must request an invite to join or have someone invite you. Once you receive the green light, log-in to join in on the fun!

how to plan a wedding with pinterest

When you log in, you’ll start to see “pins” of images with a description underneath. If you place your mouse over the image, you can see three options: “Repin”, “Like”, and “Comment”. Basically, get to know that Repin button because you’ll be using it. A lot. For everything. You’ll begin pinning all of the things. It’s pretty addicting. When you “pin” something, it gets saved to your pinboards, which you create and categorize. If this all seems a little confusing for newbies, check out this handy-dandy Help guide which will give you insight into the nuts and bolts of the operation. It’s easy to get the hang of it… and, once you do, you’ll find yourself pinning nearly everything. Word to the wise: be sure to read the ‘Pin Etiquette’ portion and always (ALWAYS) give props where props are due.

Pretty soon, you’ll be logging in to your own personalized pinboards of loveliness…

how to plan a wedding with pinterest

How to Plan a Wedding with Pinterest

Pinterest can help you…

1. Find inspiring ideas for must-have photos

You can find inspiration from REAL BRIDES just like you to create a stellar must-have list for your wedding day. This is one of my personal favorites of the bride before getting ready…

how to plan a wedding with pinterest

photo: moore photography via aphrodite’s wedding blog via pinterest

… or this shot, where the bride and groom don’t see each other, but know the other is there…

how to plan a wedding with pinterest

photo: gina leigh photography via aphrodite’s wedding blog via pinterest

Discover inspiring images for your wedding – and find the photographer who captured the moment. Who knows, you may even find your perfect photographer through the link!

2. Discover the wedding dress of your dreams

Search styles, find out what’s hot this season, and pin to your heart’s content until you find the dress perfect for you.

3. Select the best colors for your big day

Color palette is an important part of your wedding day. You can search TONS of color combinations… just type in your favorite color or ‘color palette’ to see what you like best. Also, be sure to check out The Perfect Palette who is the color EXPERT. Plus, Chrissy is a total sweetheart.

how to plan a wedding with pinterest

via the perfect palette via pinterest

4. Dress your bridal party

Visualizing the bridesmaids and groomsmen is easier with actual photos. See what styles work best for your wedding theme, season, and style.

how to plan a wedding with pinterest

photo: studio castillero via style me pretty via pinterest

5. Locate handmade items for invitations, decor, favors, and more.

The inspiration just keeps flowing: find all kinds of invitations, decor ideas, favors, and more. (Follow our pinboards – we pin like CRAZY.)

how to plan a wedding with pinterest

photo: erin grace photography invitations by alyson graves brown via oh so beautiful paper via pinterest

6. Get creative with DIY ideas

Get crafty with DIY pins happening all the time. Just search the project you want to try and give it a go!

how to plan a wedding with pinterest

diy by lulu the baker via pinterest

7. Dive into various wedding themes and locations for your ceremony / reception

Where to tie the knot: the beach? A winery? The forest? See real examples and picture the big day in your favorite setting.

how to plan a wedding with pinterest

photo: jessica velarde / via hi-fi weddings via pinterest

8. Plan a killer food and drink menu with all the fixings

Don’t even get me started on the food, dessert, cake, drinks… the food inspiration is intense. I’ve never been more inspired to cook and bake in all of my life!

9. Find wedding hairstyle + makeup inspiration

Find practical hairstyles and makeup tutorials with pins, like this one from our favorite beauty resource The Beauty Department:

how to plan a wedding with pinterest

by the beauty department via pinterest

10. DESTRESS.

Use the site to find other things that spark your interest and de-stress you… like a particular quote, a funny image, or ideas for that dream honeymoon of yours. You’ve earned it!

… and much, much more.

So, did Pinterest pay us to say all of this? Of course not. We simply love it! It’s a killer resource for daily life and can organize wedding planning in such a beautiful way. So… join, follow us, and start planning your wedding! We can’t wait to see + share your pins!

Happy Pinning! :)


-E.