You probably have a wedding website, it’s the natural thing to do now to be able to convey useful information to your guests about your upcoming wedding. But why stop at just using a wedding website? Here are some more ways to incorporate technology and social media into your wedding.
Special #Hashtag for Photos
Everybody loves to take pictures, especially at weddings. Most likely these pictures will end up on social media. As the couple, naturally you want to see all of the pictures that were taken of your big day. Encourage your guests to post them by creating a special hashtag just for your pictures. Your wedding #hashtag can be whatever you would like. If the #hashtag is too simple or generic, there is a possibility that other weddings have used that #hashtag and you will have to sift through pictures.
Hashtags can be used on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. In order to use #hashtag for your pictures on your site here are the basic steps:
Upload the picture. Type your #hashtag in the caption field. After you tag your post with a hashtag, you will be able to tap on the hashtag to see a page that shows all photos and videos users have uploaded with that hashtag.
In order to let your guests know about your special #hashtag there are many options. You can post a chalkboard with the information, send information on your invitations, put a card on each table for all guests to see and let people know about it on your wedding website.
Social Media Kiosk
Another fun way to add pictures to social media is using a Social Media Kiosk. This photo booth kiosk allows you to take multiple pictures – with or without props then when you’re done the pictures get sent to a built in I-Pad. You can scan through the pictures that have been taken, choose your favorite and upload the pictures to Facebook, Twitter, or even E-mail. From this post you can #hashtag a picture or just simply upload the fun photo booth pictures that you took. There are many companies all over the country that provide this fun interactive technology for events.
A big part of the wedding is how many guests you will have attending. Sometimes getting guests to send back their response cards is a hard task. People are busy and just may forget that today is the day they had to let you know if they were attending or not. Consider giving your guests the option by responding via email or on your wedding website. If you choose to have your guests respond via your wedding website, make sure when setting up your account this option is available. Weddingwire.com offers the option of letting your guests respond on your site. In order to allow your guests to RSVP via your website, guests names must be spelled correctly. Once the guests find their name, they can RSVP to the ceremony and reception. You can edit your website to your preference of what guests RSVP to. Also, if there is a meal choice, guests can select on your website. For your database, a report is made with number of guests attending, their names, and their meals.
In order to let guests know about your email or website RSVP, on response cards that are sent with invitations state the method that can be used to responding. With this added form of responding you may have your RSVP’s back before you know it.
When planning your wedding, you always have that worry that someone important to you cannot attend. It may be due to distance, medical issues , military deployment or another obstacle that may prevent them from attending. There is a way to have those special people in your lives participate without actually being present. Live connections can be set up to allow those that are not able to attend to be apart of the event as it happens. There are multiple ways to Livestream your ceremony. Two popular ways are: I Do Stream and YouTube Live Streaming. I Do Stream is a professional that partners with videographers who come to your ceremony to perform the live broadcast for you. On their site, they have a link to find a videographer that they work with. In order to perform your broadcast, they have a kit that you rent, which provides a laptop, HD camcorder, tripod and software with broadband wireless access included. With I Do Stream you also have the option of setting up the broadcast yourself. Step by step instructions are sent to connect your camcorder to the streaming servers. Another source of live streaming your ceremony is YouTube Live Streaming. You will need a webcam, laptop, WIFI, and a software encoding program such as Flash Media Live Encoder to use YouTube. Once you have all of these, YouTube has a step by step guide to help you set up your Live Streaming. Make sure to test your stream two weeks in advance as well as the day before. This will ensure that there are no glitches on your big day.