There are only so many photos and moments that your photographer can capture. From being pulled left-and-right, taking detail shots, pre and post wedding shots, etc…..couples just have a TON to do. At the end of the day, you’re going to get some fabulous shots in the form of an album that you will be able to cherish for the rest of your life.
There is also another resource at your wedding that’s taking photos, photos that you may never have been seen because it can get easily lost in the shuffle of “social media” — these are the photos that your 150—200 guests may be posting on Instagram or Twitter; sharing quick snippets, stories and even detail from your wedding to their circle of friends, co-workers and network; capturing moments from your wedding that really take you into the ground floor of how it was being a guest at your wedding. What did they see? How did your wedding look to them? What caught their attention? And what memories did they walk away with?
Here are 10 photos that were taken from actual guests at some of our clients’ weddings and shared to Instagram or Twitter. Luckily, these couples had a wedding hashtag, so guests were able to share these photos to their network of friends while at the same time making them easily accessible for the wedding couple to cherish forever.
Beautiful shot of the couple after the ceremony.
A fun shot of all the couple’s cousins in one place…a rare occurrence captured for all to share.
The bride taking in the moment as her bridal party lines up for the introductions.
The groom quietly prepping as he gathers his thoughts before the ceremony.
The bride anticipating the arrival to the reception.
Touching embraces from close family and friends.
The bride and groom sharing a special moment before guests arrive for the reception.
The bride and groom get tossed up in an old cultural tradition.
The bridal couple sharing some silliness before their big day.
The newlyweds sharing an intimate moment before heading back into the madness of the reception.
10 Awesome Photos Shared to A Wedding Hashtag November 7th, 2017Jason Uzarraga
Spending a lot of late nights and hours throughout the day trying to dream up the perfect #WeddingHashtag for you and yours? Take a look at these hashtag generators that we have found worked as great thought starters—or another great way to pass the time.
Not only are they a great wedding resource, but they have also incorporated a pretty involved hashtag generator which utilizes names, nicknames, wedding dates, locations and setttings—you gotta just try it.
We work with PastBook in having them print out our client’s book utilizing their Instagram + Hashtag tool. Just recently they incorporated a hashtag generator. Pretty similar to Weddingwire, they take names, nicknames, dates, location and settings.
Wedding Hashtag Wall has a simple hashtag generator that just focuses on the couple’s names with an optional wedding date. We just thought you’d be interested in seeing their live photo feed service, signs and other fun stuff that they have on their site. Check them out.
Wedding Mix has nice generator as well where you can input names, dates and the type of wedding: classic, fun, offbeat. This might be a fun generator to check out. Also, you should check out their main service which is creating video stories using
6 Hashtag Generators You Might Find Helpful July 7th, 2017Jason Uzarraga
To many couples their wedding hashtag holds much significance—it’s the public display of social nuptial acceptance! The social form of a “supercouple name mashup” like Brangelina or Kimye. Ok, maybe not the official display of nuptial acceptance, but a very close second.
So the big question: “We got this great wedding hashtag, now how do we share it with our friends and family?” It’s actually pretty simple and there are only a few things you probably need to do from now until the big day.
Start using your wedding hashtag today!
From this point on, when you are doing anything “wedding-related” or “couple-related” use your wedding hashtag. If you want to keep things sacred and not reveal too much, don’t go into detail with your posts but post “moments” from your moments (does that make sense or is it too vague?) Here’s an example: “take and share moments at the cake tasting, but don’t reveal the cake you chose”—making sense now?
Share your hashtag on the “Save the Dates”
This may be the actual moment that you reveal your “wedding hashtag” and when people may start paying attention… you know, after the moment you reveal when you’re actually getting married. It’s in this “document of declaration” when you solidify to your friends and family the utmost important and intimate details of your special day—and announcing the fact that from this point on you will be documenting your wedding journey on social media with this unique hashtag.
Add your hashtag in your wedding invitation
At this point, your friends and family probably have a good sense that this wedding hashtag is sticking around and not disappearing anytime soon. By placing it in your invitation you are solidifying the fact that the date is set, you are planning to marry whomever you said in the invitation and that this wedding hashtag is what you are going to use as your way of capturing your wedding journey on social media.
Put your hashtag on your wedding website
Many couples today are launching a mini wedding website, this is definitely a great way to share last minute details, messages and notification to your guests. This is also a great way to share your wedding hashtag once more and display to your guests the content that already live on social media through the use of various social plugins, modules or components.
Challenge your friends and family
Want to get your friends and family involved in using your wedding hashtag while creating your social media wedding story at the same time? Simply ask them to post or repost memories of you growing up or moments of you as a couple just beginning your journey and share it with your hashtag.
If you have more ideas or want to share what you’ve done to make your wedding hashtag a pinnacle part of your special day, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wedding Hashtag? Here are 5 Easy Ways to Start Sharing It with your Guests Today June 16th, 2017Jason Uzarraga
5:00 pm and the tables are just being set. We just walked into the brand new Row 24 event venue in Chicago, IL. Just inside, we were greeted by an amazing 20′ chandelier that hung from the center of the room, on our left side a grass wall with with the quote “It was all a dream”—a great quote to end any magical evening.
Our setup was located on the second floor which overlooked the main room—an intimate location but it was still able to hold over 50 guests. Within minutes we were setup and ready to go, printing out existing photos from their hashtag #FountainOfLove2017 on Instagram and Twitter. One of the great things about our service—minimal space—because we don’t have large booth, Row 24 just equipped us with a few high-boys and electricity and that’s all we needed.
With much time between now and when the guests arrived, we were able to walk around and take in the details of the wedding—chandelier wall sconces, centerpiece arrangements and tiny signs of our activation of each table (a great way to share how our activation works to their guests).
Table hashtag signs
6:00 pm the entourage arrives. Laughter and loud conversations started to fill the room as the entourage entered the reception. Heading straight upstairs to view the main floor from the second level, the guests were greeted by our activation and quickly took flight in posting photos from earlier in the day. The excitement filled the air as the bride and groom found the best spot for photos right in front of our setup. Activation is on.
No need to leave the table. Take a photo from anywhere, anytime.
7:00 pm the food cometh, but the photos never end. The one thing that guests and the bridal couple really love about our activation is that there is no idle time. Because our system is driven by a wedding hashtag posted to Instagram or Twitter, there really is no need to get up from the table and wait in line to get your photos. You can do it virtually anywhere and at anytime.
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm reception is ON and our activation is blowing UP. With the food done and the music bumping, there is really one thing to do—take your photos and hashtag away! At this time, the guests are on their feet, filled with liquid courage and ready to get more social. The word about our activation has spread throughout the reception by this time and now everyone was eager to get their printout. The rest of the night was a blur as happiness and joy filled the space.
So skip the long lines to the photo booth and forget about the stressful dilemma of asking your group: “Serious pose? Duckface? Silly face?” With us at your wedding, your guests will get the photo that they want, when they want.
Congratulations to you Chris and Dana Fountain, much success in your life together!
View from above
Take detail shots
Take the fun outside
Take shots that tell a story
Take your shots anywhere
Can’t go wrong with props
Take shots in the hall
Selfie with the bride
Get the right lighting everytime
Grab the couple wherever they are inside
Grab the couple wherever they are outside
No need for a photo booth box
Capture the couple in the moment
Share your vantage point
No photobooth box, no photo booth stress
Take your shot and share it
Getting artisitc once again
#FountainOfLove: The Wedding of Chris and Dana Fountain June 13th, 2017Jason Uzarraga
3:00pm, Friday, we finished setting up for the big day. We really didn’t know what to expect, this wasn’t our first wedding expo, so we figured it was going to be like the others we participated in.
Doors opened at 11am on Saturday, silence, all we heard was the small talk happening with our neighboring vendors nothing more. We were after all on the second floor, so we knew that guests were not going to get to us for another 15-to-20 minutes.
Then it happened, the first couple arrived, bright-eyed and excited to see what was waiting for them on the second floor—music began to play from the floor DJ and then the crowd grew and grew… and grew.
“Does your wedding have a hashtag?”
30 minutes into the expo our floor was jam packed. Jessica and I were bombarded by so many interested and inquiring couples, many of which never heard or seen of a service such as ours. Every time I saw a new couple walk by I had to figure out a quick way to flag them down before it was too late—”Does your wedding have a hashtag?”—that was the key question that caused many to stop and talk.
You see many couples these days are coming out with a wedding hashtag, “why you ask?” Simple, because we are living in a time where social media is rampant and the only natural way to organize tweets, posts and photos that are relevant to a certain time, subject or event is by using a hashtag.
It’s true, you want to see what people are saying about sneakers, type in #sneakers, you want to follow a particular movement, type in something like #blacklivesmatter you want to follow a wedding couple, type in the wedding hashtag such as #Eilers2016.
Couples today are more tech savvy and are open to using technology at their weddings. Don’t get me wrong, there are a fair share of couples out there that follow the “unplugged” rule. But at the end of the day weddings are a joyous occasion that are meant to be shared—for some it may be their only one, so get as much opportunity as you can to document and capture all the moments your wedding has to give.
But when it comes to guests actually using the wedding hashtag—this is where we shine. For many people, unless you get something for your efforts you usually won’t give anything. That is why the question “Does your wedding have a hashtag?” comes into play. Many couples spend hours upon hours coming up with the best hashtag, but then the thinking stops there. What do I do next? How do I get my friends and family to use it? Why should they use it? Simply posting your wedding hashtag on your napkins and invitations are good, but let’s be honest, who’s going to do it when there is no reward.
Many guests were ecstatic to learn about our service because it answered a lot of their questions
Incentivize your guests: Guests will receive a print out of the photo they just posted with the wedding hashtag
Real-time giveaways: Guests walk away with a remembrance of the wedding and not just a bottle of bubbles
Build your wedding story: The more your guest’s post, the more moments of your wedding gets captured—plain and simple
Skip the lines: No more long lines to the photo booth. This means have your guests take advantage of the venue you paid $$$ for and take photos from anywhere and at anytime
Don’t put your guests in a tiny box: Now guests have the opportunity to take large selfies and not worry about having just their elbow in the picture
What Guests Love
In speaking with the couples that came to Indie Wed and stopped by our booth, we found that they came for a few good reasons:
Eclectic styles and ideas
Unique vibe and rustic inspiration
To find something new and different
We definitely answered number 2 and number 3, I wouldn’t say we’re eclectic, but hey, maybe some of the designs of the photo template could be considered eclectic—in which case, then we can answer number 1 as well.
All-in-all, the couples we met had a great time at Indie Wed 2017, they met many different types of vendors and came out more inspired to challenge their creativity for their most important day ever. Keep dreaming, we’re here to help.
Recap: Indie Wed 2017 February 28th, 2017Jason Uzarraga
We are excited to see all the upcoming brides at this year’s Indie Wed! This year there will be over 100 vendors participating, so to make sure you don’t miss us—we will be located on the second floor at booth #72 so come by and check us out, we’ll be waiting.
We will be activating so if you are interested in seeing a demo of our system, post to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #tictactag.
Saturday, January 28, 2017 | 10 am – 4 pm | Ravenswood Event Center
Entrance at 4043 N. Ravenswood Ave, Chicago Indie Wed