Wedding Hashtag: How to Pick and Use a Hashtag for Your Wedding
I can’t remember the first time I spotted a hashtag, although I’d be willing to bet our wedding fund that I clicked my first hashtag on Twitter sometime shortly after I joined in 2009 (the same year Twitter introduced using the pound sign to link groups, events, and ideas). The humble hashtag has evolved beyond trending topics on Twitter and is now used globally on many different networks to not only link concepts, but also to add unnecessary post script to social updates. #likethis
The latter use leads many people to believe that hashtags are silly, overused gimmicks that don’t really serve any purpose other than to inspire Jimmy Fallon to lampoon them on The Tonight Show. You guys have seen that clip, right? #hilarious #justintimberlakeismysoulmate #callme #imnotmarriedyet
Truthfully, I’m still on #teamhashtag. So, like so many brides and grooms before us, Rooster and I have decided to pick a wedding hashtag to help us (and our guests) collect and share pictures and updates about our bash.
For the past few years, bee bloggers have been sharing their recommendations and insider tips for honeymooning in the places they’re most familiar with: their hometowns. Great news: We’ve officially opened up participation in our Honeymoon in My Hometown feature to all Weddingbee readers!
Find out how to participate at the end of this post.
I’ve been asked to share my recommendations for visitors to Charlottesville many times via private message on Weddingbee. When I learned about the “Honeymoon in My Hometown” tradition among Weddingbee bloggers, I was excited to write my own edition.
First of all, know in advance that if you visit Charlottesville, you will always want to return. People call it a boomerang town because everyone who leaves will wind up coming back.
Where to stay
There are plenty of wonderful hotels and inns around Charlottesville. We also have several companies that serve as clearinghouses for people who rent out vacation properties, carriage houses, or second homes to visitors. Mr. Mink and I agreed that if we were honeymooning in Charlottesville, we’d stay at Keswick Hall, a small resort on the outskirts of town.
Just an afternoon at Keswick’s infinity pool can make the office feel a million miles away. An extended stay would be wonderful!
All right, I am going to jump right in. Pocketfolds MIGHT be the most ambitious of craft projects, just short of a DIY wedding dress (shudder). As others who have gone before me have sagely expressed…it’s not a true craft project if feelings of frustration, annoyance, and true rage do not follow closely behind! I am in the midst of creating our invitations, and the DIY pocketfold invitations are the current craft-in-progress.
In designing Lauren Amelie, Mr. Dragon and I selected a Midnight Blue cover-stock pocketfold, also known as Stardream Lapis Lazuli. Stardream is not the most budget-friendly of paper choices, but other metallic papers were not the right blue we wanted. (We are going with a navy or darker blue in our color palette.) First, I started out by trolling the internet for pre-made pocketfold options. I found pocketfolds that offered a color similar to Lapis Luzuli, but there was always a problem: sometimes construction, sometimes the vendor did not offer coordinating envelopes, always too expensive. The cheapest pocketfolds I found, in the numbers I needed, totaled out to over $180 (metallic pocketfolds run roughly double the cost of matte)—ALWAYS. After getting a price quote from Anchor Paper (Mrs. Ballet Flat is also a fan!) of $50…my path was clear. I was going to make…my own…DIY pocketfold invitations. Oh, the horror!
After resigning myself to my fate, I got started. … read more
Hivemember anothernewbee16 and her husband were married on a Sunday afternoon at Cafe Lurcat in Minneapolis, MN. Although a source of stress in the beginning, getting married on a Sunday was ultimately one of the couple’s best decisions that they made. They had a 99% turnout rate, and received a lot of comments on how Saturdays were so busy, so a Sunday wedding fit in perfectly with all of their guests’ summer schedules.
We are now opening this series up to nominations, so if you’ve seen a wedding on the Weddingbee boards that you think would be perfect for this series, send an email to guest (at) weddingbee (dot) com with a link to the recap thread you want to nominate, or you can directly PM Mrs. Penguin with your nomination.
Confession: I LOVE the holidays. Pretty much the entire season between the week before Thanksgiving and New Year’s day is my jam. That said, I won’t listen to Christmas music until December, and we still haven’t figured out getting a Christmas tree. But it’s a wonderful time of year for me.
Now, a large part of my love for the holidays stems from my parents and the traditions they created for my sister and me growing up.
But over the last few years, we’ve been breaking with those traditions in the name of relationship compromise, and while I know it’s the healthy thing to do, it’s got me down. If I had my way, we’d spend all the holidays with my folks.
Side note: It’s interesting. My parents’ method of compromising on holidays was to completely break from tradition, not visit family, and do the holidays together in Chicago, just the four of us and assorted friends. They were able to build some impressive traditions for us as kids, including Christmas caroling parties, trips to the winter-decorated zoo, ice skating, gingerbread house making, volunteer work, and “Santa” bringing the tree on Christmas Eve.
Taylor and Thomas hosted an enchanted forest-themed wedding this past summer. Their Grosse Pointe War Memorial wedding featured so many DIY elements, handcrafted by family and friends: from the veil, to the invites, to the favors, to the photo booth, to even the floral arrangements. The bride even wrote a fairytale that she broke up and placed from table to table, so when guests mingled they could follow along with the story of how she and her husband arrived at their happily ever after. The tone of the evening was utter enchantment, with dinner and dancing celebrated by candlelight.
While I love the grounds of our venue, I always pictured it a little dressed up for the occasion. A wedding backdrop is an easy way to achieve that, but there was no way I would be able to transport a triptych of distressed barn doors, 1,000 origami cranes, tangle-prone strips of crepe paper, or strung up coffee filters—no matter what Pinterest would have me believe.
In my browsing I had seen some simple but beautiful ceremony backdrops. Some pretty writing on a sheet of fabric would pack very easily into a suitcase and be relatively simple to set up as well. So I set out to emulate these backdrop inspirations, but with our own wedding aesthetic in mind.