Creating a unique wedding hashtag – like most things in life – is much harder than it looks. Also like most things in life, things get a lot easier when you have a process in place. We’re going to take the guesswork out of the whole ordeal and show you an easy step-by-step process on how to create a wedding hashtag that will be unique and memorable.
Skipping this step of your wedding preparations is definitely an option, you’re ceremony and reception will be gorgeous without a wedding hashtag. But, if you make a wedding hashtag your guests will be more engaged and involved in the days leading up to and just after the big event. It creates a buzz and makes them feel involved in your process. If you have the time and the drive, definitely go for it!
If you already have a great wedding hashtag idea, use our advice to confirm it and use is properly. If you’re just starting out, we’ll make the process super simple. Let’s get started.
Collect the details
The first thing on your wedding hashtags to-do list is to find out what you’re working with. Write out – paper or digital:
- both your first and last name
- the date of the wedding
- the location of the wedding
- nicknames for each other
- pet names for each other
All of this information is obvious, but the simple act of physically written all together accomplishes a few things. First, it shows you all of the items that you have to cram into a simple message and make it understandable. Second, it forces the ideas to start to flow.
Make it Rain: Brainstorm
Even though we’re just getting started you may already have a few ideas popping off. Start off with something simple like #NameName2020 or #ForeverLastname. Then progress to more complicated options such as mashing your names like #BrAngelina2020.
Even if you feel like you’ve nailed it, keep going. Most designers will tell you that the first idea is rarely the best idea. The key is to keep plugging away until you’ve exhausted all ideas, and try to incorporate all of the details you gathered in step 1. If you’re struggling, use your parts of speech: nouns, pronouns, and adjectives. A few samples of these are #ForeverLastname or #FinallyLastname.
A simple rule here: There’s no such thing as too many wedding hashtag ideas.
Time Flies When You’re Having Fun
Here’s where creating your list of wedding hashtags gets fun, but a little more complicated. You don’t want just a hashtag. You want something clever and memorable. The easiest way to accomplish this is to let pop culture and humor give you a hand.
There’s no way to teach Funny, but we do have some examples to get you started.
Last name Thompson: #GameOfThompsons2019
Last name Bergman: #BergmanNights2019
First name of Bride Vanessa: #ThankYouNess2019
Last name Whan: #2BecomeWhan2019
If you love the idea but find yourself stumped, it’s time to recruit a funny accomplice. Most circles of friends have that one friend who can’t stop cracking jokes. Time to put her powers to good use.
It’s time to make a wedding hashtag list a little shorter. Ditch the obvious losers, and narrow your list down to your favorite 5-10. Usually you’d want to pick your Top 3 from lists like this, but in this case there’s a fair chance that a few you love are already taken.
Hit up your favorite social media – Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, the usual suspects – and plug in your Hashtag to see if anything comes up. If you find something identical or way too similar, cross it off your list.
You also want to test it for easy misspellings and ease of use. Say it out loud. If it stumbles out of your mouth it will be awkward for your friends and family to use.
Check in with your wedding party and/or besties to see how they feel about your top picks. Picking one on your own may seem like a no-brainer, then once you see it IRL you shake your head wondering what you were thinking. Make it a social event over a glass of wine, and invite them to be brutally honest.
They may confirm a winner, and they may even be able to improve on what you already have. Either way, you’ll come out with the one and only.
Even the winner may need some fine tuning. For example, maybe you chose #Tanyaanddavid2020. That Double-A sure looks funny doesn’t it? Polish it up by moving the names around and capitalizing the first letter of each word. #DaveAndTanya2020. Much easier to read, isn’t it? Not only that, you won’t find your guests accidentally tagging your wedding photos with the wrong hashtag! If you think this is a useless step, just ask Susan Boyle what she thinks. #Susanalbumparty
Your bridal hashtag is going to be all over the place. Maybe it looks fantastic on your iMac, but it’s a best practice to make a mock hashtag wedding sign and social media page. You put a lot of hard work into your reception decor and website, and it’s worth a little effort to make sure your hashtag fits in.
Spread the word! Text everyone on your guestlist if they’re already in your contact list, put it up on your wedding website, and post it to all of your social media so that absolutely everyone is aware prior to the big day. Make sure that your unique wedding hashtag is visible at multiple points of your reception venue, and absolutely include it in your Save The Date cards. Adding it to other printables like your Menu is a great passive way to encourage them to snap some photos of their meal, so be generous with your placements.
It’s also a good practice to teach people how to use it. A lot of your guests on the other side of the Millenial line take great photos and use Twitter, but they may not be fully versed on what a Hashtag actually is. Even people in their late 30s may wind up sending you a text of the photo with a Hashtag caption and assume it’ll automatically land on Instagram.
There, you did it! It’s really that easy. Start with as many ideas as you can wrangle, cut out the losers, check with your friends, and fine tune it. What you’re left with is a tidy, memorable, and unique wedding hashtag that will create some pre-wedding excitement and help you share your happily ever after memories.