The Wedding Hashtag

What’s all the buzz about the wedding hashtag? As social media sites like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook become part of our every day lives, more and more couples are encouraging their guests to take their own candid shots of the special day. Once, using phones during a ceremony was considered inappropriate, but now brides and grooms are using a personal wedding hashtag, and asking guests to tag their photos for easy sharing. Many newlyweds have found great usage in the wedding hashtag; while shots from a professional can take months to see, guest photos are accessible immediately! They offer a great recap of the night before the wedding album comes in.

Step one: Create your hashtag!

This is probably the most difficult step…. But also the most creative! Start by thinking of combinations of your names; could you mash them together and create a “celebrity couple name” (Think Brangelina), or maybe you have nick names for each other. Making your personal hashtag could be as simple as using your new last name: #MrAndMrsJones, or as silly as #SamandNicoleKissandTell. Be creative, think of using puns or rhymes like #GoodKnight or #JackAndJillWedUpTheHill. Other options are including the date of your wedding, the location, or theme. If you’re really stumped check out an Idiom website or even a wedding hashtag generator.

Step two: Advertise your hashtag!

Start early! Include your hashtag information in your invitations and wedding website so guests are aware and excited early on. Your tag doesn’t have to be exclusive to your wedding day… Use it as early as your bridal shower, makeup trials, bachelorette party, or rehearsal dinner. Our biggest tip is don’t forget to use your new tag yourself! Any social media posts that you or your groom create should have your tag as well so friends and family become familiar with spelling. On the day of the wedding, opt for some fun signage to display around your space. Signs at the welcome table, by the bar, or at the foot of the aisle can make for cute but subtle reminders.

Step three: Reminisce over your photos!

One of the best usages of the wedding hashtag is the immediate accessibility to photos. However, think about saving the viewing party until a few days into your honeymoon. With a nice glass of champagne you and your new hubby can take a look at all of your guests favorite memories of your special day.

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Tyler + Alex – Belmont Country Club, Belmont, MA

We are so excited to revisit Tyler and Alex’s wedding, which took place last August at Belmont Country Club.  Working closely together with The Day Of,  we were honored to plan one of the first weddings at the beautiful, newly renovated Belmont Country Club.

The wedding weekend festivities kicked off Friday evening with a rehearsal dinner at CBS Scene,  a perfect venue for this sports loving couple.  The centerpieces were playful sports equipment centerpieces topped with vibrant red carnations, fun cocktail napkins with sports related phrases such as “Tyler & Alex, A Slam Dunk” and “Tyler & Alex, An All Star Team”,  and of course a delicious dinner, wonderful company and warm toasts.

The wedding day began with the Tyler getting ready with her three bridesmaids, while Alex and his 9 groomsmen, gathered to prepare for the day ahead. The first of many beautiful moments was the bride and groom’s private first look, a meaningful and happy moment that they shared before the Ketubah signing.  As guests began to arrive, the Ketubah signing, a Jewish tradition and the official wedding of the couple, was witnessed by immediate family and their bridal party.  With perfect weather for an outdoor ceremony, guests were invited to find their seats for the ceremony set beside the golf course.  After the Ketubah was signed,  Alex,  Tyler and their bridal party made their way down the aisle to stand beneath and beside their beautiful Chuppah.

After the ceremony, guests were invited to a cocktail hour on the patio, where they enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and classical music from the string quartet.   Having a ceremony that started later meant that the photographer was able to photograph during the day and night, so the new couple were able to sneak off for some beautiful sunset photos, one of Michael Charles’ signatures!

Once cocktail hour ended, guests collected their escort cards, golf balls on tee’s in trays of grass, and made their way into the reception.  The room was softly lit and the floral arrangements, in vibrant shades of blues and purples, were beautifully highlighted by pin-spotting the arrangements..  “Someone Like You” by Van Morrison played for the new couples first dance, the Kiddush was recited by Alex’s uncles, and sweet and heartfelt speeches were given by both the parents of the bride and groom, and Alex’s Best Man and Tyler’s Maid of Honor.  A special moment between the newly-weds and their parents was Alex and Tyler’s  private cake-cutting ceremony, which didn’t end up being so private!

And of course, one of the highlights was the dancing!  Following their Father and Daughter and Mother and Son dances to  “100 Years” by Five for Fighting, Eye to Eye kept the guests on the dance floor all night long!

We wish Alex and Tyler all the best as we near their first anniversary.

 

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Event Planner: The Day Of 

Makeup:  Beauty Muse Bridal 

Rabbi: Allison Barry

Ceremony and Cocktail Music:  Music Management

Reception Music: Eye 2 Eye 

Photographer: Michael Charles 

Videographer: Buzz Media

Florist:  Ellen Congdon

Lighting: ALPS 

Linen: Table Toppers 

Rentals: Tommy’s Wholesale

Cake: Party Favors

Stationary: No Regrets – Elise Cherney