Weddings are more interactive than ever before thanks to social media, but how can you integrate it into the festivities? We’ve scoured the net looking for great examples of ways you can start the dialogue and document it after the guests go home.
Provide WiFi for guests
To get your guests talking about your wedding online you need to make it easy for them to get online. If you are getting married at a remote location, your guests may not have a 3G phone signal. If you want to celebrate your big day online, ensure that Wifi is readily available to your guests. You can print this information on business cards and place them at the bar or in the toilets, these are locations where you guests are likely to be checking their phones.
Create your own hashtag
If you are serious about using social media at your wedding, a wedding hashtag is a must-have. If you don’t create one yourself, it’s likely that your social savvy guests will do it. Creating a unique hashtag will allow you to easily search and find all the social media relating to your wedding. Make sure you choose something unique by checking online to see if any other couples have used your hashtag.
Ways to tell guests about your hashtag
Hashtags can now be used on the number of social networks including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We adore these creative ways to tell your guests about a wedding hash tag:
This custom illustrated framed print is from Shortandsweetheart on Etsy. It could easily be placed on the bar or somewhere prominent to catch your guests’ attention.
These wedding social media postcards are perfect for popping on tables. We found them on Etsy from TheItDesign.
You can even print your hashtag information on the back of your place cards. These have been captured by Gideon Photography at Cambri & Michael’s wedding.
Hand your social media over to someone
Why not provide friends and family at home who couldn’t make the day with real time updates? You can easily do this by handing the reigns over to someone else on the day. A trusted friend, bridesmaid or even your photographer could do this for you.
It’s not all about photos
Apps like Vine and Instagram allow you to collect a few seconds of video allowing you to capture moments like the ‘I do’s’, first kiss and cake cut. With these apps you can even make all of these snippets in to one video montage.
After the confetti clears
You can create a digital archive of your wedding using Storify, a site which allows you to select your favourite pieces of social media from a variety of platforms and view them all in one place. This can be shared with your guests socially as a wonderful memory of your wedding.
Are you integrating social media in your big day? Let us know how by commenting below.