Post your Instagram hashtag at your wedding reception #Reception Advice#photography#social media#steal-this-idea#wedding hashtag October 9 2013 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photo by Brynne Owen Bobbie and Mario knew a ton of their guests would be using Instagram at their wedding, so they posted a little sign letting everyone know the easiest hashtag to use, making it way easier to collect guest photos after the fact. That's just one of about a million clever things these guys did at their wedding (wait until you see their wedding arch!). Check out Bobbie & Mario's family-centric ranch wedding. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS Nathalia & Rafael's movie-themed wedding and going-away party NEXT Let's get fancy with two kayaking brides and the cutest elephant cake topper you ever did see Show/Hide comments [ 13 ] As a former bride and current wedding photographer there is NOTHING WORSE than looking out at your guests during the ceremony and seeing everyone with their faces behind their cell phones, looking down at their cells while they upload stuff with a hashtag or the worst offense out there with their face buried behind an iPad. You never get to see your guests faces! I had the father of the groom at my last wedding using his iPad the entire time to take photos. Bride coming down the aisle? Nice shot of the bride, groom and dad stepping into the aisle with a giant black box in front of his face. All my shots of the ceremony there's a HUGE BLACK SQUARE from his iPad. I don't think I have one shot of the dad actually enjoying the ceremony – he was focused on his toy the entire time. 10 agree Reply Here, here! I'm a videographer & the excess use of cellphones and even iPads has made my job 700 times more difficult. Nothing is worse than explaining to a bride & groom why I was only able to capture their first kiss on 1 camera, set up at an unideal angle, because the other 3 cameras were blocked by a camera, phone, or back of a guests head. When meeting with potential clients, I strongly urge them to go "unplugged," at least for the ceremony. However, for reception shenanigans & couples looking for a DIY alternative to hiring a professional, I think that this is a super fun idea. 🙂 #LetTheProsDoTheirJob 3 agree Reply I'm glad that this is so popular because that's what we've decided to do. Ceremony will be completely unplugged, but reception? Whatever, go wild! I mean, there will be a photo booth there! But before the ceremony starts, we're planning on asking our officiant to announce that everyone please put their cameras and cell phones away… except for the professional photographers, of course! 1 agrees Reply I totally agree that phones and rogue guests/photographers during the ceremony is just horrible. I am going to post our hashtag at the reception, because I'd love for people to take their own pictures there. I also plan on having a sign somewhere on the way into the ceremony venue that says PLEASE do not take pictures during the ceremony! 1 agrees Reply We encouraged our guests to use an instagram hashtag for the reception, but asked that no one take pictures or record during the ceremony. Best decision ever. 3 agree Reply Yes! We went unplugged for the ceremony, and it was such a good call. For several reasons, we asked that no phots be posted by guests to social media without our permission. The plan was together them all up and make a huge pool of them but several people have flat out refused to send me their images. I regret being so strict a little bit, but there are certain people we didn't want to be a part of our day, in any way, and this was the only way to accomplish that. 1 agrees Reply I'm leaving little placecards with our preferred hashtag on the tables at the reception. I want to encourage guests to document our wedding. I'm excited to see it through so many different perspectives. 2 agree Reply We got these cards printed and left on the tables during our reception. Worked a treat! http://www.vistaprint.co.nz/any/lp.aspx?alt_doc_id=00KPJ-D2A83-2J4&hash=e0b4fb&width=510 Reply A great resource to see all photos (not just instagram) but Twitter, Facebook, Vine and Instagram after the wedding… from guests that used the #hashtag of course is: http://www.tagboard.com. You can even embed it on your wedding website to that you can see the shower and engagement pics (if you want). 2 agree Reply Such a great way to easily find photos that friends take at your wedding! I just love instagram! Great idea! 1 agrees Reply I'm SO looking forward to doing this at my wedding. I already bought a chalkboard to display at my reception and did tons of research on a Instagram #hashtag so it is unique and won't be used by other peoples. In anticipation of the hashtag being used at my wedding, I am also displaying the hashtag on my website so my guests can preview it and see what I've already tagged with it. I chose to make a wedding website at weddingwoo because they have this cool feature of displaying all hashtag photos from Instagram directly on the website. I immediately knew this would so useful since I want my guests to be instagramming like crazy. I would recommend other brides to check out WeddingWoo to help with having a hashtag on their website! 6 agree Reply Would love to know what you guys think we might be able to do with the names Michelle Souza and Robert Murphy for a wedding hashtag? Reply Pls help. I need a hashtag for our wedding. We want something that is not too serious and something that is easy to remember. Would truly appreciate if you could give suggestions. We want to use our nicknames. Sam and Win Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. 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