When it comes to planning a wedding, there are stressful parts, crucial parts, romantic parts and seriously fun parts. Coming up with a wedding hashtag is definitely a fun part. It’s your chance to get cheeky and flirty, clever, cute or totally unique. But before you and your soul mate open up a bottle of Pinot Noir and start coming up with funny puns using your names and initials, there will probably be a moment where you think to yourself: is this really necessary?
Well, the answer is no. Probably not. But there’s a reason this “trend” has grown in popularity over the years, arguably becoming a modern tradition that isn’t going anywhere soon. You see, unless you’re having a completely unplugged wedding day where you and your guests enjoy a digital detox, there’s a pretty big chance that your guests will be sharing their snaps to the ‘gram. That’s where a personalised wedding hashtag comes in.
One tap and you’ll be able to see all of the photos your guests have shared, all the little moments you missed, the laughs being shared, the dance-offs that happened and so much more. And the best part: because you have a hashtag of your own, it’ll encourage your guests to share their shots, meaning you’ll have a thousand more memories to cherish. After all, no matter how amazing your wedding photographer is, they definitely won’t be able to capture every. single. moment.
So without further ado, here are our top tips for coming up with wedding hashtag and everything else you might fancy knowing.
Step 1: Look At Your Names
We know what you’re thinking: that’s pretty obvious. And you’re probably right. But getting back to basics is always a good idea, so start by writing down your names. We’re talking about your first names, your birth-given surnames, your nicknames, the initials from your full names and anything else you can think of. Now you’ve done that, it’s time to embrace those cute and corny vibes because you want to try and imitate that mash-up names your university friends gave you – something catchy and unforgettable that your guests will definitely use when posting to their socials.
Step 2: Punny Is Funny
The best weddings are always the fun ones, so have as much fun with this part of your nuptials as you possibly can – and by that we mean smile-worthy wordplay. Think alliterations and rhymes and synonyms and puns, all of which can work perfectly for a memorable hashtag. Of course, some names are easier than others, so if you’re stuck for ideas, now’s the time to call your wittiest friend and challenge them to come up with a funny hashtag. And if that fails, it’s time to enter your names into an online wedding hashtag generator.
Step 3: Numbers AND Names.
Let’s just clear one thing up: not all names are going to create something memorable that rhymes better than a Dr Seuss story. But that doesn’t mean you can’t whip up a forget-me-not moniker. That’s where numbers come in. It could be the date of your wedding, the year you’re getting married, the date you got engaged or met or had your first kiss, all of which can be used to create a fun, unique and special hashtag. What’s more, if you don’t opt for a number, there’s a growing chance that your unique hashtag won’t actually be that unique. After all, who knows how many couples share your names?
Step 4: Double Check Your Spellings
Because the idea of a wedding hashtag still feels like a fun little extra, a lot of couples forget to double-check the final version to make sure there are no silly mistakes, so make sure you spellcheck your hashtag. And while you’re at it, make sure you have a look at any ways your hashtag could be misspelled by your guests, especially as the night starts to unfold. That means making it as easy as possible for your merry friends to type out your hashtag, even if that’s simply trying out the different order you could use your names. For example, it’s safer to go for #JamesAndEmma compared to #EmmaAndJames where you’ve got that tricky double ‘a’ to contend with.
Step 5: The Capital Rule
To help make your hashtag easy to read, make sure you add a capital letter to the first letter of each word so that your guests can clearly see exactly how your hashtag reads. For instance, if Nathan and Georgia are getting married in 2022, makes sure you display it like #NathanAndGeorgia22. The same goes with your punny wedding hashtags. The easier it is for your guests to read, the more likely they will be to use it every time they post a photo or share a story.
Step 6: Check Your Hashtag is Unique
Before you settle on a save-the-date-design and start sending them out, there is one last quick thing to check and that’s your chosen hashtag. Open up Instagram and just make sure no one has already used your hashtag and, if they have, what it was used for and how many photos have been tagged with it. Hopefully, you’re all clear and that hashtag is free for you to adopt as your own.
If it’s not entirely free, though, here’s our rule of thumb: if there's only a few other photos that aren’t wedding related, go ahead and snap up this hashtag. If another wedding couple has used the same hashtag, though, now is the time to reconfigure what you have: swapping a number around, switching the order of your names, or picking a different pun. The point is, it’s not cool to hijack someone else’s hashtag. Ever.