Published on March 2nd, 2019 | by Guest0
5 Creative Social Media Ideas for Your Wedding Day
Don’t you love the picture-perfect weddings across the internet? Don’t you seldom check your news feed to catch hold of everything new that happens in it? One can hardly imagine a wedding day without the internet today. As a celebrant, I also find it difficult to come across a wedding that has no social media involved in it. More because technology has blessed us abundantly with ways to craft a day like never before.
As much as the internet inspires us, we can also inspire others by using it. Your wedding day can be a perfect example for it. But how do you effectively use social media for your wedding day? Here is a list of five creative ideas to consider:
1. Hashtag your wedding
Sometimes the most common approaches are the best to implement. Hashtags are your go-to friend for customising your wedding on social media. After all, who would hate a nickname to their wedding ceremony? Adding a personalised hashtag will help you collate everyone’s pics around your wedding. The hashtag you use can be as simple or as creative as it can get. You can create a hashtag by cleverly combining both your names, just like Brad+Angelina makes Brangelina. You can even create a more straightforward version by using references to your last name. For example, #JonasWedding or #MiddletonWeds. Whatever you do, remember to choose a word that is easy to spell so that your guests can use them efficiently.
Add your hashtags to your ‘save the dates’ and invitation cards to generate a buzz way before the wedding. Another good idea is to inform your guests about how you want them to use the hashtag. You can also add them on menus, napkins, tables and wedding programs. You can even have them encrypted at the entrance along with the wedding sign.
2. Build a social media booth
Photo booths are not at all a new concept at weddings. While the idea has existed for long now, you can quirk it up by adding social media elements in it. A social media virtual photo booth is not only entertaining but also an exciting compilation of applications. It comes with an instant sharing option for various social media platforms. The reason why it makes even your virtual guests an exciting part of your ceremony.
To set up a great booth, include props related to social media to live up the event. You can add a Facebook “like icon” to hold up, a Snapchat filter or even an Instagram frame. In doing so, you will be able to raise the fun factor around your day. Photo booths are generally where a significant part of your guests chill. So if it is exciting enough, who will hate being a part of it?
3. Follow a unified theme or filter
Are both of you quirky? Do both of you love everything vintage? Are you both opposites in every way? Well, let your theme revolve around everything that suits you. Stick to a theme for your social media posts around your wedding day. It could be your favourite colour or a common-favourite preference. Make sure you bring out your tastes and your personality through what you choose. Your guests could also follow the same while posting on your ceremony.
Not just a theme, the filter you decide for your wedding is also going to add volumes to your big day. Using Snapchat filters are a great way to unify the audience around the ceremony. Create a filter that perfectly fits in the mood and setting of your wedding. It could also be one of the geo filters that tag the exact location. Ask your guests to use the specially customised filter every time they post to add to the uniqueness of the whole ceremony.
4. Livestream your video
If you are conducting a destination wedding, the chances are that some people may not be able to turn up. Also, if you’re planning a very private ceremony, you probably can’t include all your guests in it. So how do you make everybody a part of your celebration then? The answer is social media and live streaming! Gone are the days when only celebrities conducted live sessions over the internet. Most of the couples today want to live stream their day for everybody who can’t make it to the venue or on the date.
However, what if you do not want it to be public to each of your followers and friends? Facebook groups have got you covered on this. With Facebook, you can create a private group for your perfect guest list. Make sure to add your close ones and start posting at least a month prior to the wedding. Include backstage videos and pictures as a countdown to the final day. Keep the Facebook group alive so that when you go real-time, most of the people tune in to watch. Another great benefit of going live is that you can save the video and watch it later too.
5. Set up a social media wedding wall
Are you going gaga about all the excitement around your wedding clips? Are you overwhelmed with the kind of response your hashtag has created? If yes, note them down and build a social media wall featuring all of it. A social media wedding wall is one of the unique ways to incorporate social media into your wedding. Create a wall that consists of user-generated content in and around your marriage. Do not forget to feature feeds and acknowledge the efforts of your loved ones.
To include a live social media wedding wall, you can log onto any platform like Juicer or Walls.io. Following which, you must use your hashtag as a source for all the live feeds. Make sure that the platform you choose keeps updating itself every 5- 10 minutes. Copy and paste the URL generated through the feeds into a new window. Display your live social media feed on a projector or a TV on your wedding day. Also, to be on the safe side, do not forget to test it before the wedding to avoid irrelevant posts.
So if you’re about to chalk out an action plan for your wedding, consider including social media in it. Conduct research and seek help from enthusiastic social people around you. Do not forget to spend some time while you’re on it. After all, your perfect day is only one social media plan away!
Bronte Price is Australia’s First Certified Melbourne celebrants. He stands strongly for marriage equality and takes immense pleasure in marrying any couples in love. He has also co-founded The Equality Network to help wedding suppliers create a better wedding experience for LGBTI couples. He is a regular volunteer newsreader at Joy 94.9, and a member of GLOBE (Gay and Lesbian Organization for Business and Enterprise). Beyond this you will find him either in his organic backyard vegetable garden or taking walks with his fiancée Clint and their four legged fur baby – Bingo.