Social media is getting more and more integrated into our lives. A lot of people use social media not only to communicate with others, but also to store memories of life events. As such, wedding planners have to take social media into account when organizing one of the most important days for a couple.
The best wedding hashtags are those that are personalized and unique. To make your own, start with the basics: you and your partner’s name, the date, the venue, and the theme of the wedding. After that, take some time to edit your hashtag to improve it.
You may also ask for help from your friends and family or hire a professional hashtag writer in case ideas are running short. Once you have finalized your wedding hashtag, make sure it has never been used before by searching for it on various engines and social media platforms.
Hashtags are useful for multiple reasons, such as making it easier to participate in discussions on specific topics. Wedding hashtags, in particular, can allow couples and guests alike to access photos and videos of the event. There are multiple steps and things to consider when constructing a wedding hashtag.
What is a Hashtag?
A hashtag is a label for content on social media that makes it simpler to locate information within a certain topic. It consists of the symbol “#”, also known as a number sign, pound sign, or octothorpe.
It has its origins on Twitter as a way of organizing and promoting different topics, and also as a way to allow more people to pitch in on conversations. Hashtags compile all forms of content under the same theme or topic into one accessible place, making it easier to stay informed.
Likewise, hashtags are an outlet for the public to relay their thoughts and feelings on an issue or event. It has rapidly become one of the leading sources of news and updates on current events.
With the rise in the use of social media in recent years, hashtags have also become a vital aspect of important life events such as weddings. First and foremost, it allows people to connect with everyone they know regardless of time and proximity.
Hashtags can provide a platform for a virtual album of your wedding which everyone can have access to. It allows guests to contribute photos and videos they took in real-time or after the event. Having this uploaded on social media makes it easier to look back on memories in the future; This also ensures that you have a permanent copy, unlike prints and physical storage which is susceptible to degradation and unforeseen circumstances.
Given its importance, creating your own wedding hashtag can prove to be intimidating. However, there are steps you can follow to make it less challenging and to get better results.
How to Make Your Own Wedding Hashtag
As mentioned, a hashtag begins with the symbol “#”. This is the defining factor of any hashtag. Furthermore, a hashtag can consist of a single word, an acronym or abbreviation, a combination of letters and numbers, a phrase, or a sentence.
It is important to note that spaces between words are not allowed, nor is any punctuation or symbol, such as a period or a comma. When using a phrase or a sentence in a hashtag, words can be separated by capitalizing each of their first letters. Likewise, a hashtag cannot be composed of only numbers.
To come up with your own wedding hashtag, here are some steps to follow:
Begin with the Basics
You and your partner’s names, the venue, the date, and the theme of the wedding, can be good jumping points in creating a hashtag. This is the easiest and best way to personalize your hashtag, and often ensures its uniqueness as well.
Brainstorm and Crowdsource
Your friends and family can be a good resource for wedding hashtags. You can post on social media about needing thoughts and ideas.
Revise, Revise, Revise
Once you have come up with initial hashtags, it is good to take some time editing and revising it. Ideas may take days to arrive, and your creativity may need some breathing room.
One of the ways to make your hashtag more memorable is to use some literary techniques such as alliteration, assonance, and consonance. All three involve some kind of repetition in the vowel and consonant sounds used within a phrase.
- Alliteration – every word begins with the same consonant sound (e.g. I threw a wish in a w)
- Consonance – a consonant sound repeats throughout the phrase, regardless of its placement in a word (e.g. Your stare was holdin’, ripped jeans, skin was showin’.)
- Assonance – a vowel sound repeats throughout the phrase, regardless of its placement in a word (e.g. But here’s my number, so call me maybe?)
Another technique you can use is to add humor shar your hashtag. This is popularly achieved with the use of puns. This is especially effective if you and your partner’s names will be utilized for the wordplay. You can use wordplay on famous sayings, movies, shows, songs, and any other well-known pop culture references.
Once some time has passed and you have procured a small list of potential hashtags, there are some things to consider.
- Can the hashtag be misinterpreted to have negative connotations?
- Is the hashtag easy to say?
- Is the hashtag easy to read?
- Is the hashtag easy to spell?
Less is More
It is usually better for hashtags to be shorter as some social media platforms such as Twitter have character limits when posting. Shorter hashtags are also easier to remember and more memorable.
Longer hashtags run the risk of being forgettable and prone to typos. The length is especially important to consider if you plan on getting a physical sign made for the hashtag.
In the same vein, avoid using too many hashtags in one post. This may make it difficult to read and reach the character limit faster.
Make It Unique
Especially with weddings, making sure that the hashtag you will use has not been used before is essential. By simply searching on various social media platforms and search engines, you can check if the hashtag is already in use. If so, you may want to go back to the drawing board and come up with a different hashtag.
Hire a Professional
If you are finding it extremely difficult to write a wedding hashtag, there are online generators that can help give you ideas. The downside is that these are often generic and forgettable.
Check with your wedding planner if they also offer hashtag writing services. If they don’t, there are companies and people specifically dedicated to coming up with memorable, catchy, and personalized hashtags.
Once you have finalized your wedding hashtag, share it with your friends, family, and guests. This can be done with a social media post, by including it in invitations, and by putting the hashtag in the design of banners, signs, photo booth props, and other items in the venue.
Wedding hashtags are one of the ways a couple can set their wedding apart from other weddings. Moreover, having your own wedding hashtag can be a form of online storage for your memories. The best wedding hashtags are those that are unique and highly personalized to the couple, which they can achieve by dedicating time and effort in brainstorming for ideas and revising.