Instagram your wedding
With the rise of new wedding trends and social media, it's no longer about just one photographer snapping pictures of your special day. Say goodbye to rigid poses and a stuffy wedding album that will gather dust in the back of your bookcase. Today, wedding photographers are more clued in than ever, creating beautiful shoots for wedding parties on the move and your savviest guests will be at the ready with their smart phones to document their own experiences.
If your guests are switched on to social media, why not incorporate Instagram into your wedding? It's a great way to collect photos from the big day and will be a great memory once everything is all over. Need inspiration? Never fear. We're here with five easy steps to help you instagram your wedding.
Instagram your wedding - 5 easy steps
Step 1: Create a hashtag
First thing's first - you'll need to think up a hashtag you and your guests can use when the big day rolls around. Keep it short and sweet; you'll want something original that's not already been used (#wedding is out) but also something that your guests can easily remember when they're on the move. Try using your and your betrothed's initials plus wedding or the date and your initials, or a play on the venue's name - there's lots of possibilities so don't be afraid to get creative.
Step 2: Tell your guests
Next up - invite your guests to get involved and snap pictures along the way. If you've hired a professional photographer make sure you run it past them ahead of the day to make sure they're comfortable sharing the spotlight. Think about how you want to gently remind people to share. If you've planned for your hashtag in time to send your invitations out why not put a small insert inside the envelopes. You could also put reminders as place cards on the table or create a sign that will sit beside the venue doors as your guests walk in.
Step 3: Snap
With your hashtag in place, it's time to take pictures. The great thing about inviting your guests to take pictures is they'll often catch little details you might not have time to appreciate while you're caught up in the big day like how the flowers you spent ages choosing look in the light, the way your Mori Lee wedding dress sways as you walk, your gorgeous sparkling vintage bridal jewellery or your guests' expressions. While you probably don't want to spend time snapping pictures with your camera phone on your wedding day, why not ask a bridesmaid to take one or two while you're getting ready together or in the moments leading up to the ceremony. These intimate moments are one's you'll cherish when everything is all over.
Step 4: Share
Share your photos in real time with a slide show set up that displays all the photos you and your guests are taking. It's a great addition to the reception party and will have everyone giggling and enjoying the photos all night long. Tools like eventstagram make it easy to set up a feed - and it's free too!
Step 5: Print
When it's all said and done, the hashtag will always be there for you to browse through and love. If you want a hard copy though, you're in luck. Ask your guests to email you your favourite pictures and then share them to your own instagram account. From there, you can take advantage of services like prinstagram and stikygram which will let you print your pictures for memories that last longer than your hashtag.
Will you use an Instagram hashtag at your wedding?
Mahairi Steele is a writer on all things wedding! She writes on bridal fashion, wedding trends and how to make your wedding special and unique.
I think this is a great idea, I love the thought of sharing pictures on a slide show during your reception. Thanks Mahiri ♥
I would just add one thought here: please, please, please, as a guest do not hinder the professional photographer. The couple may really want you to take pics but not at the risk of losing a beautiful image taken by a professional.
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