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:

 

 

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Every bride wants to look her absolute best on her wedding day, especially when the photographer starts snapping pictures. If you want to ensure that you are glowing on your big day, you should start a few months in advance. Here are some tips for looking great for your wedding.

2-3 Months in Advance

If you want to lose a few pounds before your big day, now is the time to start. Increase your exercise regimen to include a 15 to 30 minute brisk walk each day, and start eating lighter. Avoid sugary and fatty foods and snack more on vegetables and fruits. You can also burn more calories by making your day a little bit harder. For instance, take the stairs rather than the elevator, swim for an hour each day and park further out in the parking lot when you go shopping.

Woman Exercising

1 Month in Advance

You’re probably considering a spray tan or several afternoons in the tanning bed to give you a healthy glow before the big day. If you’re going to start tanning, you’ll want to start now, and visit the tanning bed 1 to 2 times a week. If you’re going to get a spray tan, try one now so you know it’s not going to be too orange or streaky for your wedding day. If you want a brighter smile, now is a great time to consider having your teeth whitened or using an at home whitening kit.

Woman getting a Spray Tan
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1 Week in Advance

Now is when you should get your final spray tan. You never want to get it the day before, just in case the tan doesn’t work out well. Getting it now gives you a week for it to fade slightly. If you’re considering having a haircut, now is the best time to get it. Again, doing this the day before could create panic if the haircut doesn’t turn out how you planned.

Wedding Day Haircut
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2 Days in Advance

Exfoliate your skin thoroughly now, so it has time to heal and any reddening can fade before the big day. You’ll want to do your manis and pedis now, too, so your fingers and toes look great (especially if you’re wearing open toe shoes). Now is also a great time for waxing to make sure your skin is smooth, silky and hair-free.

French Style Mani Pedi
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If you follow these tips, you’ll have the day before to relax before getting make-up and hair done the morning of your wedding, and you’ll look fantastic for your groom and your wedding pictures.

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

If you’ve chosen your flower girl and your ring bearer, you’re probably super excited to see them in action. You can make their job more fun and add some cute details to your wedding with these fun ideas!

Ring Bearer and Flower Girl
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Love Note

Send a love note down the aisle with your ring bearer or flower girl and instruct them to give it to the groom. It can say whatever you’d like! Try something like, “I can’t wait to kiss you,” or “I can’t wait to be your wife.”

Banners 

Give the flower girl a flag to carry or if you have 2 flower girls, give them a banner that says, “Here Comes the Bride.” This is super cute and a charming touch to your wedding.

Flower Girls with Banner
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Roses

As the flower girl goes down the aisle with her basket of petals, have her select a few guests to present flowers to! This is a charming gesture and will really delight your guests. You can do the same with the ring bearer!

Themed Weddings

Make the most of your themed weddings by dressing your flower girl appropriately. For instance, for a country wedding, dress your flower girl in cowgirl boots and a tutu! For a hollywood wedding, give her oversized sunglasses and a head scarf. This is super cute and a great way to play up those themes.

Flower Girl in Tutu Dress with Flag
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For Older “Flower Girls”

If you want to include a young girl who is too old to be a flower girl, ask her to be your junior bridesmaid. This is perfect for a girl between the ages of 10 and 16. Her dress can be more age-appropriate, and she could walk hand in hand with an older ring bearer.

These fun ideas will delight your flower girl and ring bearer, and will add a touch of charm and a lot of “cute” to your wedding!

Wedding websites are the perfect way to provide information to friends and family members who will be attending your wedding. It gives them a centralized location to obtain information, such as the time and place, where you’re registered, and additional important information. Here are a few tips for utilizing your wedding website to its full potential.

RSVP

Many wedding websites will give you the option of allowing guests to RSVP through the website. This is a wonderful idea because it’s so simple that many guests are likely to RSVP quickly. It gives them an additional RSVP option and allows you to determine more quickly how many guests are attending.

Wedding Website RSVP

Maps

One of the benefits of a high quality wedding website is the ability to upload maps. This is a wonderful help, especially for guests who will be attending from out of town. Maps can outline the ceremony and reception sites, as well as local area hotels, restaurants and shopping centers.

Wedding Website Maps

Mailing Lists

Another huge benefit of wedding websites is the ability to create a mailing list. You can have guests sign up so that they can quickly receive information as soon as it is posted. This might include information regarding meal choices, attire, location or anything else. It’s beneficial and convenient.

Wedding Website Mailing List

Photos

Photos are an integral part of a wedding website, and will allow your family and friends access to a sweet, intimate part of you and your future spouse’s life. You can include photos like the engagement photo, a series of photos outlining your relationship, wedding planning photos to get tips and advice, and more.

Wedding Website Photo Albums

Overall, the benefits of a wedding website are substantial. It allows friends and family the ability to keep in touch even during the months that you’re extremely busy planning your wedding.

These days, brides are taking more things into their own hands when it comes to their weddings. Rather than hiring wedding planners, DJs, and a whole slew of individuals, a lot of brides are doing things themselves or recruiting friends and family for help. Wedding food is no different, and your meal can be even more delicious if you do it yourself instead of hiring a caterer.

Delicious, Cheap Hors D’Ouevres

Cold hors d’ouevres are easier because you don’t have to worry about keeping them warm, but both can be done fairly easily and cheaply. Make delicious fruit kebabs with fresh sliced cantaloupe, strawberries, kiwi and peaches. You can also make tinier cold hors d’ouevres with mozzarella cheese, grape tomatoes, zucchini slices and black olives drizzled in vinaigrette.

Fruit Kabobs
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For hot hors d’ouevres, consider a buffet style warming plate to keep them hot. Broiled slices of roma tomatoes on top of wheat crackers and sprinkled with parmesan and herbs are a great and affordable option. Sliders are a very popular appetizer and very affordable as well.

Main Meal

For your entrée or your main meal, working with a budget can be difficult. However, there are some great ways to save money while creating delicious food. Consider foods that make large portions easily, like chili, certain types of stew, or spaghetti. When the food is cooked well and served elegantly, your guests will love it. You can also consider having a “potluck” meal where friends and family bring different dishes.

Italian Wedding Soup
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Alternatives

Many brides are doing non-traditional snacks or meals for their reception. Rather than serving food, have a candy buffet with an assortment of candy in pretty glass jars with scoops and bags available. Or, have a dessert menu that features some of your favorite desserts. These are great options for receptions that fall between meals when guests have likely already eaten.

Black and White Candy Buffet
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While wedding planning can be stressful when you’re on a budget, there are always DIY wedding food and other alternatives you can consider.

Every bride fears that something is going to go wrong on her wedding day. While there’s no way to ensure that absolutely nothing will go wrong, there are some great “hacks” that can help you take care of problems that arise quickly and easily.

1. You Wake Up with a Pimple

The last thing you want to notice in your wedding photos is a pimple on your face! You can shrink a pimple quickly by putting a dab of Listerine on it and leaving it for 10 minutes. The swelling will go down and it will be easier to cover with makeup.

Checking Ance in Mirror
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2. You Forgot to Include Something in an Invitation Envelope

If you forgot a RSVP card or a map in one of your invitation envelopes but don’t want to ruin the envelope, stick it in the freezer for 15 minutes. It will open easily and you will be able to re-use it. This is perfect for brides who pay for professional calligraphy.

Wedding Invitation Inserts
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3. You Feel Nauseous

It can be normal to feel nauseous on your wedding day – whether it’s your nerves, the heat, etc. To stop this feeling, eat a peppermint or chew mint gum.

4. Shoes Too Tight?

Whether it’s the bride’s shoes, the groom’s shoes or someone in the wedding party, here’s a quick trick. Put on a pair of socks, put the shoes on and then blow-dry the shoes for 10 minutes. They will fit!

Wedding Shoes with Rhinestones
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5. You Got Deodorant on Your Dress

This is a simple fix. Simply rub the deodorant stain with a dryer sheet. It will absorb the deodorant!

Blue Stripe Wedding Dress
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While you can’t prevent small disasters on your wedding day, you can certainly make them more bearable with these easy and simple fixes!

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.

Congratulations! You’re engaged. Now it’s time to start planning your wedding. Most women aren’t even sure where to start and it can be a little overwhelming at first. By sticking to these simple steps, you can get the big stuff out of the way before worrying about the smaller details.

Engaged Couple
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Picking the Date

The first step is to choose the best date. Talk it over with your fiancé and choose a date that is special to both of you.

Create a List of Needs

While talking with your fiancé, create a list of the things you MUST have in order to get married. This will include things like the dress, the tuxedo, the officiant, a venue, etc. Remember that this list is only for the things that are absolutely necessary for getting married.

Wedding Dress
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Make a Budget

You probably already have a good idea of what you can afford to spend on your wedding. By creating a budget, you can plan your wedding without having to go into debt.

Plan Your Theme

Now that you’ve got your budget together, decide on a theme. Do you even want a particular theme? Many brides choose themes like these:

  • Victorian
  • Literary
  • Tropical
  • Rustic/Barn
Barn Wedding
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Create a Timeline

Creating a timeline will help you stay on target so you can have everything completed by the big day. On your timeline, you’ll want to list everything – from all of the dress fittings and makeup trials to the bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, vendor meetings, etc.

By following these 5 steps, you can stay organized and ensure that everything’s covered without getting too overwhelmed to enjoy the process.

Your wedding website is a treasure trove of information that your guests need, and is a super convenient way for them to RSVP if you’ve chosen to allow it. Most brides put all the helpful information they can think of on the website to ensure that their guests have everything they need. However, most don’t think about putting the following 4 things, which can be very helpful:

RSVP on Wedding Website

A Phone Number for the Venues

If your guest has a question for a representative of the venue, they can find the number quickly and easily on your wedding website. This could include anything from more detailed directions to questions about special accommodations.

Discount Codes or Coupons for Nearby Hotels

This is a wonderful thing to add to your wedding website for out of town guests, and will enable them to save when booking a nearby hotel room. Be sure to include contact information for the hotels as well!

Information for Out of Town Guests

Vendor Information

Putting vendor information on your wedding website is a wonderful way to pay tribute to the people who have worked so hard for you and to give recommendations to friends and family members who might be planning their own wedding soon. From the shop where you bought your dress to the artist that made your bridal headband, you can include their websites and contact information on your wedding website.

Vendor Information on Wedding Website

Special Thank-Yous

For those who are absolutely priceless to you, especially during your wedding planning, why not put a special thank you on your wedding website? It’s a great way to show your gratitude for those people who go above and beyond for you!

Thank You Notes on Wedding Website

Along with all the other wonderful things you will put on your wedding website, add these in to ensure that guests have everything they need!