At its finest, social media brings people together and can be a stellar addition to your upcoming wedding. Use it to keep your guests–family and friends–up-to-date with the wedding goings-on, capture and photos, and keep up with the comments on the day that you’re simply too busy to catch.
Try these 5 simple ways to add social media to your wedding.
1. Create a specific hashtag on Instagram and ask your guests to tag photos.
Put up a chalkboard sign asking your guests to tag any photos they upload with a unique hashtag, allowing them to share the photos with you and letting you go back and look over the moments captured throughout the day. Try doing the same as you get ready with your bridesmaids, bonds with the groomsmen over a beer before the ceremony, or even a sweet photo of just you two right after you become Mr. and Mrs.
2. Create a unique hashtag to keep up with the conversation on Twitter.
Don’t want to miss any “Just went to the most amazing wedding reception. All I can say is …watermelon mojitos and true love!” ? Create a unique Twitter hashtag and let your guests know about it for a sort of social media guestbook!
My suggestion? Don’t post the hashtag until the reception.. unless you want to look out to your guests midway during your vows to a bunch of blue-light glowing faces crouched over their smartphones.
Bonus of the hashtag? You can compile the best tweets and create a printed canvas! Check out the image to see what one awesome couple did.
3. Create a Pinterest board to keep your bridesmaids involved.
I made intricate bridesmaid boxes to ask each of my potential girls to be a part of my big day, and I let each of them know they can follow a Pinterest board dedicated to the day I become a Mrs. Instead of a general “wedding wishes” Pinterest board, this board is all specifics and most-likelys.
If you’re really feeling free of the Bridezilla bug, you can even add their email addresses to the board as contributors.
4. Create a Twitter account specifically for your wedding.
Let your Twitter-savvy friends and family keep up with all the details–both practical and more sentimental–of your big day by creating an account specifically for you two.
Super on top of things? Add “Follow @CandO4ever on Twitter for updates and thoughts” to your save-the-dates!
5. Create a Facebook “fan page” to keep friends and family up-to-date and involved
By creating a Facebook fan page for your wedding, you can post fun pictures from the rehearsal, super sneak peeks of DIY décor, and you can tag photos of your guests from the event. Getting a photobooth? Even better! Most photobooth software has the option to automatically post to a Facebook page.