The social [media] event of the season

Chris and I diligently planned our Black Mountain, NC wedding for six month. Every detail from weekend itineraries down to the seating chart was in place, but naturally one of my very favorite aspects of our wedding was unplanned. I want to clue you in because with a little extra planning, social media can take your event to the next level. 

1. #Hashtag 
An official wedding hashtag is an excellent way to organize all your post into one place. Our wedding party had the most fun coming up with this, and the fun didn't stop there. Come up with something catchy, or just use your last names! This would be great to include with your invitation (not formal of course), on your wedding website, or on a hand painted sign. Guests love being involved, and an official hashtag is a fun way to do it.

2. Live tweet  
How cool it was to see #weddingofthewoods trending in Black mountain... I felt almost famous. From rehearsal dinner to the trip home I knew what my guest were up to and that they were having a great time! We appointed our wittiest group of friends to live tweet the day. The chronological tweets allowed us to relive our wedding the next day, and the next, and the next. I recommend finding a way to back up these tweets if you want to revisit them. Unlike Instagram, your twitter hashtag has an expiration date.

3. InstaWedding
That hashtag comes in handy on Instagram too! In addition to the professionals, let your guests get creative! From their favorite details to silly moments, seeing the day through the eyes of your most loved family and friends... Awesome!


4. Facebook
Sharing photos, receiving warm wishes, and finally, that moment when you get to change your last name and go from being engaged to married! 
Something I really enjoyed was using Facebook to get to know my photographer and videographer better, and seeing sneak peeks as they edited my photos. It is important if you choose to share your professional photographs on Facebook that you talk to your photographer first-- give them proper credit and respect their art.

5. Live Stream
Although we did have a videographer, this is something I would have loved to have done to include my precious guests unable to attend. Ustream is offers free steaming, and from what I understand you have the option to make it public or private. 

Chris and I enjoyed sharing our wedding on social media because we were able to include more people than would have ever been possible in light of our destination wedding. This worked for us, but it is important to find what works for you and communicate that to your guest. That could mean a sign sharing your official hashtag or a clever way of asking them please not to use theirs phones or cameras, whatever your preference may be. Etiquette is slow to catch up with the ever evolving platforms... So be cautious! And when in doubt... Google.


  1. Christine, goodness this is great! Thank you for Wedding Wednesdays! I love hearing about your experiences and remembering our conversations in planning the wedding. This is so special and is such a percious time for many. I loved your wedding and am thankful I got to be a part in it! Chris and you provided us with many memories and I just want you to know that all yall's hard work paid off. And it will pay off in your marriage as you work hard toward serving one another and loving one another more and more. Love yall.

  2. Pres,

    Thank you for the sweet words of encouragement. You always have the best words. You are such a dear friend and Helped to make our day PERFECT!!