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