You have a hashtag for your wedding right?

 

 

Over 50% of weddings now have their own hashtag. Most are specifically Instagram, but Twitter as well. But why?

Simple. Group photography! You probably used a decent chunk of your wedding budget on a videographer and photographer, right? Why did you do that? Because you want to remember the day, the moments, your family and friends having a good time, all of it!

Having your own Instagram hashtag and having your guests tag their images will increase the number of photos (memories) you’ll get by a lot. It could be double, or even triple what your photographer hands over a couple months after your wedding day. No, they’re not professional shots that will hang on your wall and be passed down, but they may be the pics that you get the biggest laugh out of, and there will definitely be shots that your photographer never would have gotten.

Do you remember in the ‘olden days’, when couples would have disposable cameras on every table at the reception? Exact same. The couples let guests collect the funny, weird and crazy pics that their photographer would never get. These moments are cherished just as much as the professional shots. They’re not better, they’re different, and why not collect them all!

1 How hard is this?

Don’t be scared, you don’t have to be a Mark Zuckerberg to collect memories by hashtag, see how easy it is…

  • How should I pick a hashtag?
  • Keep it specific and obvious, people have to be able to tag their images remember!
  • Do a search on Instagram.com for your choice, make sure it’s not a heavily used hashtag.
  • Don’t make it too short or too long. Too short will be heavily used, too long will just be confusing.
  • Keep special characters and numbers to a minimum.
  • Make it clever if your last names can be combined or rhymed. Uniqueness always wins.

2 How do I get everyone to use my hashtag?

You need to put it in their face! In a good way of course. 🙂

I’m sure you have seen chalkboards, table cards and posters framed with wedding hashtags on, those are all good ideas. We love the idea of a beautifully designed 8″x10″ framed by the guest book. You know everyone is going to be standing there, waiting to sign, so they will see it perfectly. You don’t want to crowd tables with it, and you don’t want it left outside where guests may not see it. Print a poster to be framed where every single guest will be.

Okay, I just said make a beautiful poster, but how do you do it if you’re not a designer? Wow, you sure asked the right person… we offer you free Hashtag posters in 8″x10″ size that you can print out with your hashtag already on it!

Just use our wedding hashtag generator to find a hashtag to add to your poster, or use a hashtag you already plan to use. Yes, it’s 100% free.

3 How do I see and share the pics?

Having guests tag pics is step one, but how do you see them all and share them with all your guests? Easy. No really, this is one of the easiest parts, definitely easier than choosing your hashtag. All you do is add them to your wedding website. Your wedding website at eWedding has advanced Instagram integration and allows you to create ‘Instagram Albums’. We then load your tagged images right into your album on your website automatically, you don’t have to do anything. We even let you reorder and delete any you don’t like. Of course people can comment and love them as well.

One simple way to load them into an album and one central location for everyone to come back and see them. Perfection? Yup.

Ready to make your hashtag and poster?

Use our hashtag generator to find and print your perfect hashtag right on a beautiful 8″x10″ poster.

Pick and Print Hashtag

4 What if someone tags something inappropriate?

This can make people nervous, and for good reason. Heck, it would make me nervous if I was running a livestream of hashtagged images. Why? Because every image, whether it was tagged by someone you know or even from your event, will show up. No better way to disturb great aunt Alice more than having, errr, ‘unplanned images’ appear in a live stream slideshow.

This is again why sharing your images on your eWedding website is the best idea. The advanced integration allows you to moderate images by deleting any you don’t like or want. This will also come in handy if someone else decided to use #SmithWedding and you have the battle of #SmithWedding photos streaming through Instagram.

Creating a hashtag is easy, sharing your hashtag with guests is easy and collecting and sharing the images for all your family and finds couldn’t be easier with eWedding. We did the hard part already, just click here to use our wedding hashtag maker now and you can stroke this off your todo list.

 

5 How to share your wedding hashtag online

… Already have your hashtag made and poster downloaded? You will be ready to add it your wedding website then:

 

 

Posted by Amy Kelly

Amy is a Co-Founder of eWedding.com and the mother of 5 crazy little ones. Along with her husband Matt, they have developed the Net’s most advanced wedding website builder.

Our website is pretty awesome

Our website is pretty awesome

Our website is pretty awesome as we decided to elope but then this website has allowed us to share with our friends and family all that we planned in a short amount of time to make them feel a part of the whole thing.  So everyone still feels like they are invited and they didn’t miss out on any of the details…no matter how little details there were.  They have sent us messages and let us know if they thought they would like to make the last minute trip.  This site allowed us to communicated information on the live broadcast we would be doing and they all just need to go to one site for everything.  I sent out announcements…but the announcements only had the link that took them back to our website.  We received a lot of comments on how cool the site was and it was super easy and fun to set up.  I didn’t have time to send out engagement announcements, so we did engagement pictures and put that on the site as well.  I used the site to post information on discounts for flying to our wedding if they decided to make the trip.  For the small fee, this wedding website has more then paid for itself.

Valerie & Chris CA, USA

 

There’s no better inspiration than real couples…

real couples wedding websites

Seeing what other couples are doing, or have done, with their wedding is always the most interesting type of inspiration. We love our eWedding couples and they love us. Here’s 10 couples that said we could share their sites and their feedback on our wedding website builder.

These couples have used different themes, music, colors, different sections of content on their sites and re-ordered their sections to make completely unique and elegant designs.

Take a look at these, but please remember, these are REAL COUPLES SITES. Enjoy!

1 Morgan & Garrett – CA, USA

URL: www.fortheloveofmeaut.com
Theme used: Poppy [Pink] – Use this theme!

I searched for months for the perfect online vendor to create my wedding website on and it was obvious that ewedding.com had everything I needed. I loved all the user friendly features in designing and creating the site. I also loved all the added features that allowed me to put a custom feel to my site such as personalizing my domain/URL name! My favorite feature on our site is the Song Request tab!

2 Jen & Rob – MO, USA

URL: www.TheHarperWedding.com
Theme used: Sofia [Green] – Use this theme!

theharperwedding

3 Alexa & Thomas – PA, USA

URL: www.OnceUponaTingall.com
Theme used: Milah [Pink] – Use this theme!

Two words: EWEDDING RULES. As a technologically challenged individual the site was so easy to navigate and manage. The designs that were available were so much better than any other site I had visited – I was even able to add music for a little extra flare which is important to me and my fiancĂ©! Overall, a great experience and highly recommended. We have received a multitude of compliments and referral requests already!

4 Vanessa & Antonio – Bahamas

URL: www.WedTheHalls.com
Theme used: Avery [Green] – Use this theme!

Before choosing eWedding we reviewed many websites to determine who would deliver the best service for us. We were very particular on the look we were going for which was contemporary and user friendly, and we got just that! The RSVP feature that eWedding provides was the icing on the cake and will really help to make our planning a lot easier and stress free. We have received so many compliments on our website and everyone was so impressed by how much work we put into it!! Matt is really receptive to any ideas you may have and responds very quickly if you have any issues. Hands down our eWedding website boosted our wedding anticipation to the next level and serves as a place for us and our guests to visit to get excited all over again!

5 Randi & Matthew – IN, USA

URL: www.DoerrWedding.com
Theme used: Alice [Blue] – Use this theme!

There are quite a few wedding website options available but we decided on ewedding.com. Before deciding, we researched roughly ten websites in-depth and then built four different free trials. If you’re from the states and remember the MySpace era, it’s similar to that. You can add your own music, pictures, backgrounds, etc. And if you’re familiar with HTML, you can opt to add sections of HTML to your site – which is a nice touch without being too overwhelming. We also like that we can customize the URL. There are other items that we haven’t yet taken advantage of but for a small fee each month the things we have taken advantage of we feel like it has already been well worth the cost.
The Customer Service team is great. They go the extra step. Rather than simply answering the question, the team will usually give you a little extra explanation, be that steps to try or why things work the way they do or various options for reaching your goal.
I’m always a little weary of reviews that are fully in the positive. Something to be aware of is that if you are a customer in the U.S. and use a credit card that charges international fees, do know that the company is not based in the states and you may incur a small extra fee. Keep this in perspective, it’s typically less than a dollar… which still makes the cost of the site a great deal! Overall, we’re very happy. We would recommend ewedding to others.

doerrwedding

 

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6 Danelle & Steven – Australia

URL: www.DanelleandSteveWedding.com
Theme used: Diya [Blue] – Use this theme!

We just cannot believe how simple the website is to create, and how good it looks! Our friends & family think we used a professional web designer! Thanks so much for creating simple to use templates and making us look like superstars!

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7 Breonna & Jonathan

URL: www.BreonnaAndJonathan.com
Theme used: Abigail  – Use this theme!

EWedding has taken the hassle out of wedding planning. We thoroughly enjoyed using the easy to navigate and user friendly site to create a website that our friends and family love.

8 Heather & Randall – MI, USA

URL: www.RandallAndHeather.com
Theme used: Milah [Black]  – Use this theme!

eWedding made it very simple to share our wedding information to family and friends in various states! I especially enjoyed the templates, it really helped take the guesswork out of what to put where on the site.

9 Tara & Joseph – NY, USA

URL: www.TaraAndJoe2016.com
Theme used: Alice [Pink]  – Use this theme!

Ewedding has been the first wedding website that had themes that fit exactly what I was looking for aesthetically. The layouts are easy to use, edit, and navigate, and the customer service has been great. I really do love this site.

10 Kevin & Dylan – IA, USA

URL: www.Dylvin.com
Theme used: Avery [Gray]  – Use this theme!

We have been very happy with the service and accessibility of eWedding. We are what you might call a nontraditional couple and we are having a nontraditional wedding – to say the least. After the engagement, we weren’t even sure we would have a wedding website. In fact, we had visited other sites and cringed at some of the layouts and content and usability of the sites.

The first thing that sold me on eWedding was the ability to create a personalized URL. Once we explored the site, we were so happy with the custom layouts, fonts and color options and especially the “contact us” features that we actually made the wedding website a crucial part of the whole day. We are only requiring people to RSVP on eWedding – which has been great because we receive emails and text messages each time a guest does. Our custom URL, www.Dylvin.com, has been hash tagged and made it’s way into all wedding communication – save the dates, invitations, party favors, napkins, etc…

Our guests love the site because it is easy to check on their computers and on their smart phones. It’s really allowed us to add the personal touches that make the site and our big day unique.

The support from eWedding has also been great. I had to replace my credit card and forgot to update my information on eWedding. I received an email when my payment didn’t post and the support team walked me though the steps needed to update my information and keep my custom URL, which was so important. I’ve been very pleased with every aspect of eWedding and I’m happy to recommend it to any couple looking for the perfect place to express yourself, organize important information and really wow your guests before the big day.

Click here to see all of our available themes, you can start customizing one in a single click with no account required. View our wedding website themes

I hope you enjoyed looking through these couples sites, I know I always do. There’s so much that you can customize and so many ways to share and collect data. Add unlimited new sections and rename and reuse for new and different purposes.

 

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Posted by Amy Kelly

Amy is a Co-Founder of eWedding.com and the mother of 5 crazy little ones. Along with her husband Matt, they have developed the Net’s most advanced wedding website builder.

A beach is the perfect backdrop for a romantic wedding and reception. With plenty of sunshine, water and sand, your beach only needs some unique décor to make it outstanding. Consider these unique ideas for beach wedding décor when planning your romantic beach wedding.

Abalone Shells

Abalone shells are a wonderful decorative accent for a beach wedding, and feature a gorgeous mother-of-pearl coating on the inside. They can be placed on tables, filled with a little sand, and then used to hold candles. When turned upside down, they make such a great container that they can also be used to hold tiny flower arrangements for each guest.

Abalone Shell Alter Decor
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Abalone Shell Chair Decor
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Driftwood

Driftwood is a beautiful and natural accessory that can be used many different ways for beach wedding décor. Brides can glue tealight candles to larger “branches” of driftwood for an elegant candle display, and bundles of driftwood can be tied with raffia and placed as table centerpieces. Include a few colorful flowers and you’ve got a gorgeous centerpiece that works very well for a beach wedding.

Driftwood and Flower Centerpiece
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Driftwood and Flower Aisle Decor
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Umbrellas

Umbrellas can make an ordinary beach wedding into an extraordinary affair. Large umbrellas can be purchased or rented to provide shade for guests as the couple says their vows. Colorful drink umbrellas can also be used to decorate tables and dress up foods in a tropical beach wedding.

Parasols for Wedding Guests
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Umbrella Wedding Decor
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Large Garden Poles

Garden polls with hooks normally designed to hold planters can double as lantern or hanging candle holders at a beach wedding. They’re great as aisle markers that the bride will walk through as she meets her future husband at the altar. Although they traditionally come in black, they can be painted in the bride’s wedding colors easily.

Garden Pole and Flower Aisle Decor
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Garden Pole Aisle Decor
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Messages in a Bottle

Few things are more romantic than a message in a bottle, and they make fantastic beach wedding décor. They can be used as table décor, and with careful construction, can even be used as place cards for each guest.

Message in a Bottle Decor
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Beach weddings are beautiful and memorable, and with the right décor, can be breathtaking. Consider these décor elements for your beach wedding, and let your creativity and imagination run wild.

Here’s a wonderful idea for soon-to-be brides that plan on having a family. Create a wedding diary to give to your oldest daughter when it’s time for her to start planning a wedding! It’s a super special gift that she’ll absolutely love. Here’s how to do it.

The Book

Purchase a small scrap book with plenty of pages and make sure it’s acid-free paper so it will last a long time without fading or turning yellow. There are many different kinds of books, and you can even get one embossed with your name and wedding date.

Wedding Scrap Book
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What to Add

As you go through the wedding planning process, make little notes and tips that will be useful for your future daughter. You can add magazine clippings, pictures from brochures, pictures you’ve taken yourself or other little mementos from your planning. Add invitations from your bridal shower, wedding invitations and save the date cards, etc.

Bridesmaids
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Making it Extra Special

When the wedding is over, place a beautiful wedding photo at the end of the book and perhaps an inspirational quote or something similar. This will wrap up the book and create the “happily ever after.” This is a wonderful gift that your daughter will absolutely love, and if you don’t have a daughter, it can be a very touching gift for a daughter in law or close family member.

Wedding Kiss

Most brides want to hang on to their wedding dress after the big day, and many will want to pass their dresses on to their daughters in the future. It’s important to learn how to preserve the dress so it will last throughout the years of your marriage.

Have a Seamstress Examine It

After the ceremony, have a seamstress examine the dress to make sure there are no loose threads or missing bead work. The seamstress can make any necessary repairs before you store the dress to ensure that it’s in excellent condition.

Wedding Dress

Have the Dress Cleaned

Next, you’ll want to have the dress professionally cleaned. You can take the dress to your local dry cleaner’s and ask them to make sure it’s professionally cleaned, and not with other types of clothing. If your local dry cleaner doesn’t have the equipment to properly clean the dress, they will have resources that you can use to get the dress cleaned.

Storing the Dress in a Box

It’s best to store your dress in a box, because years of hanging on a hanger can be stressful on the fabric. There are acid-free boxes and acid-free tissue paper online that you can order to store your dress in. Carefully fold the dress, wrap it in tissue paper and place it in the box. It should be kept in the closet, away from sunlight. The dress should be taken out of the box every year or so and allowed to breathe for a day before you store it again.

Wedding Gown Preservation
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There are professional companies that offer wedding dress preservation services, if you don’t feel you can do it or don’t want to risk doing it yourself. It’s important to preserve that beautiful dress so you can pass it on to your loved ones in the future.

A relatively new idea when it comes to weddings is to skip paper invitations and give wedding video invitations to your friends and family members. If it sounds odd, you’re not alone. It’s not going to be found on any wedding etiquette list, but it may be a fun idea for you and your spouse, and there are some definite advantages.

How it’s Done

It’s rather simple, really. You and your future spouse create a fun and unique little video that invites friends and family members to your wedding. The video details the time, location, date, and all the other information you’d normally include on a wedding invitation. Then, you send the video electronically or place it on CDs and send those to the invited individuals.

Benefits

It’s a fun, cute and unique idea that you can really have fun with. It’s a great way to save money because you won’t have to order custom-made invitations. It’s also perfect for an eco-friendly couple, as you’re saving a ton of paper by eliminating paper invitations, stamps and envelopes. You can suggest that guests RSVP via your wedding website or email. You can also get a lot more information into the videos than you’d be able to get into a written invitation, and it’ll give your guests a nice snapshot into your life as a couple and what they’re going to expect from the wedding.

If you’re a non-traditional bride and groom who love doing unique things, this is a perfect way to invite friends and family members to your wedding.

If you’ve seen those cute DIY vintage wedding signs floating around Pinterest, you know how adorable they look at a rustic or even a shabby chic wedding. The great news is that they’re super easy to make, even if you don’t have any vintage wood lying around.

Vintage Wedding Signs

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Coffee grounds (you can use the ones you brewed coffee with already)
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 White paint marker (to create the lettering on the sign)
  • 1 sign post or easel
  • 1 steel wool
  • Nails and hammer, or staple gun
  • 1 2×2 wood post (only $3 at Lowes or Home Depot)

Okay, now what?

  1. Start by adding the coffee grounds to the vinegar. Allow it to sit overnight until the vinegar soaks up the color of the grains. Don’t be stingy with the coffee grounds.
  2. Use the steel wool to apply the vinegar mixture to the wood. Rub the steel wool against the wood in circular motions, allowing the vinegar to stain the wood. The result will be a deep, muted brown that looks like vintage varnished wood.
  3. Let dry for at least 24 hours.
  4. Start painting! (You may want to write our your text in pencil lightly first to make sure your spacing works well)
  5. Nail or staple the wood to your post, or set on easel.

You can also embellish the sign with ribbon, bows, flowers or lace to make it more unique.

It’s just that easy – and your sign will have that same vintage look but without the years and years of aging. These signs are great for pointing out various parts of the wedding (food, restrooms, dancing, etc.) and are really impressive!

Vintage Wooden Wedding Sign
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Jewelry, makeup and chocolate are all popular bridesmaids gifts, but it can be difficult to find something truly unique to give your girls. This DIY project is inexpensive but absolutely beautiful and very touching. It’s simple to create, too!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A Dictionary or Other Meaningful Book
  • Heart-Shaped Paper Puncher
  • Glue
  • White (or colored) Cardstock
  • A Pretty Frame
  • Scrapbook Paper

How to Create It

You can use the dictionary if you want, or you can use your favorite book…whatever you wish. If you use the dictionary, use the heart paper puncher to punch out definitions that you feel describe the bridesmaid you’re creating the gift for. For instance, you could punch out part of the definitions kind, thoughtful, loving, caring, etc.

If you’re using a fictional book or another type of book, simply punch out whatever areas you want. You’ll attach these to the cardstock after making sure the cardstock will fit inside the frame you’ve chosen. You can do rows or a special design – whatever you’d like. Remember that this is a gift from you so it’s fine to be creative and put your own special touch on the gift. Also, you can cut hearts from colored scrapbook paper and place those in with the book pages as well.

DIY Bridesmaid Gift
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This is a fantastic and unique gift that is touching, and the fact that you created it makes it all the more special!

So you’ve heard of these brides who end up creating everything themselves and getting married for $30 and throwing a reception for $12.50. Whether you’re trying to save money or you’re eco-conscious, you too can create some fantastic wedding items using recycled stuff. You may not get away with a free wedding, but you can certainly conserve. Here are 5 DIY ideas for a recycled wedding.

Recycled Invitations

Find your favorite homemade paper tutorial and create some beautiful recycled invitations. These are perfect for any theme and will lend an artistic feel to the invitations, impressing your guests. Plus, you won’t be contributing to paper waste.

Recycled Paper Wedding Invitation
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Recycled Centerpieces

Collect a bunch of glass containers and then spray-paint them all the same color. Use them to hold your wedding flowers or even as candleholders for your centerpieces.

Recycled Centerpieces with Glass Jars
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Recycled Lanterns

Your old glass jars can be cleaned and painted with whatever color paint you’d like. Then, use gold or silver puff paint to create filigree designs. Tie thin wire around the top and hang for a recycled lantern that is very boho-looking.

Recycled Lanterns with Mason Jars

Recycled Bouquet

Look through old clothes and even bedding to collect fabric. Then, find a high-quality fabric flower tutorial and use the fabric to create fabric bouquets. You can create an eco-friendly bouquet and get rid of some clothing clutter at the same time.

Recycled Fabric Bouquet
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Let these DIY eco-friendly wedding projects inspire you to come up with a way to recycle as many aspects of your wedding as possible.