#DoWeNeedOne?

Well firstly, for the folks in the back, let’s clarify what a hashtag even is?
A hashtag is a word or phrase preceded by a hash sign (#), used on social media to
identify digital content on a specific topic.

Ok so why have a hashtag at a wedding?
From the engagement party, to the hens to all the planning in between, your guests can
take photos to share on their social media and keep them in the same place to look back and celebrate all the awesome memories made throughout the journey of your wedding celebrations!


How do we come up with a good hashtag?

Have you been to weddings that you loved their hashtag? What would you like for your hashtag?

  1. Could you use the date of your wedding?
  2. Could you use the location?
  3. Could you think of a rhyming word or an alliteration for your first and last names?
  4. Can you think of a hobby or interest that you could add in there?
  5. Is one of your surnames a homophone that could mean something different?


    Now let’s search for it on the gram!
  1. Head to the explore section (the magnifying glass graphic).
  2. Search for a hashtag you’re thinking of.
  3. If it appears and it’s not your wedding, back to the drawing board.

Look, I think it’s gonna be a no. Is there another alternative to hashtags?

If coming up with a hashtag is better in the too hard basket, that’s ok! Maybe you are also a pretty private person. This is also ok! There are other options for keeping your photo memories in the one place for your guests.

Have you thought about a Shared Google Album? A what? If you have a Gmail account, create a Shared Drive called “X and Y’s Wedding” and invite all your friends using their email address or share a link with them. They can then simply using the Google Drive app or Airdrop to their computer and drag it to the folder.

In summary, hashtags are great for grouping all of your photos from your wedding journey in the one place. They’re particularly handy if you come up with something witty, creative and original, you know, something that guests will remember to use. If you think of something fancy, remember to jump onto Etsy, Canva or even a word document and see if you can create some signs to make your hashtag visible. If you have signs around your venue with your hashtag, hopefully it’ll remind your guests with every snap, to save that hashtag!

The Give Away

Tradition? What does that word even mean? Well, straight from Google’s mouth states that tradition is the ‘transmission of customs or beliefs’ so in wedding terms, what you’ve seen before, you may have liked and want to integrate that into your wedding ceremony.

One of the greatest and most profound traditions is the entrance to your ceremony. Traditionally, the bride is leaving the hands of her father or parents to join her groom. In modern times, there are many, many couples breaking away or moulding a tradition like the entrance to the ceremony and making it their own. Why? Because that’s what is important to them and even better, the way you include your family and friends and provide them with certain roles throughout your ceremony is ever evolving and changing with our society.

Cool, Georgia so like, what do I do?

Traditionally, one partner walks in with their dad while the other partner is eagerly awaiting. One partner may be walking in with their Dad, Partner’s Dad gives fiance a handshake or a cuddle and sits down without the “Who gives this woman away today?” type of wording that traditionally may have been shared. This custom is still integrated into ceremonies but it’s totally up to you!

In modern times, many couples are already living marriage and feel they are well and truly with their partner so why not think about some other ways to be given away in your ceremony.

Would you like to walk part of the way with your Dad then your groom comes to meet you?

Would you like to walk up with both of your parents?

Would your groom like to walk up with his parents too then you walk in with yours?

Are there other significant people in your life that you might like to have walk you up?

You and your partner may like to enter together because I mean, why not?

If you like any of these ideas sound like something you would like to do, go for it! It’s your wedding, your way. Your entrance can be something that reflects the type of tone, atmosphere or vibe you want to trickle through your ceremony so your guests leave saying “That was so them!”.

Is it time to pull the plug?

Unplugged Ceremonies: Should we pull the plug?

What is an unplugged ceremony?
An unplugged ceremony is where the guests are asked to put their phones on silent, airplane
mode, off and completely away to encourage their complete presence in their ceremony.
Why do people choose to do an unplugged ceremony?


Many people look back at photos and see screens and feel like their guests were looking at their
ceremony through their phone rather than through their presence so eliminate this, guests are
asked to put their phones away and leave the snapping to the photographers.


What are the benefits of having an unplugged ceremony?
It’s the way to every photographer’s heart. I’ve often seen photographers have to dart, weave
and even ask guests to move their phones so they can shoot the important moments. Some of
the other benefits include: all your guests are present, all your photos will be of a high quality,
professional standard, you won’t have any phones blocking anyone’s reactions or your important
moments.


What are the downsides of having an unplugged ceremony?
There aren’t many but from personal experience, two downsides are, not feeling like you have
enough ceremony photos and also having to wait up to 3 months for your ceremony photos.
No major deal breakers.


What are the other ways to keep guests off their phones?
Unfortunately there are no guarantees but I can always tell guests early in the ceremony to be
mindful of the photographer. We can also have a ‘2 minute selfie sesh’ where guests are
asked to put their phones away but first, take a selfie of the ceremony or of themselves and
text them to you and your fiance with their well wishes.