Hashtags vs Unplugged: The Great Debate

Hey Y’all!

Last week, I posted a video about how social media effects your wedding planning, and it got me thinking about another way that brides are (or in some cases, aren’t) using social media on their wedding day.

There are two social media trends taking place at weddings today.

Hashtag wedding sign from TheKnot.com
Hashtag wedding sign from TheKnot.com

First, let’s talk about the Hashtag trend. Couples are creating hashtags that they’re not only using on the day of their wedding, but throughout their entire wedding planning process. This is a great way to make sure that every exciting moment of your engagement is captured, and all of the pictures are in one place. Posting signs at your wedding (like the cute chalkboard above) with your hashtag info lets your guests know that you want them to be involved in the wedding too! They’ll be entertained all night long, and you’re bound to end up with some hilarious shots of everyone having a blast on your big day. Having a wedding hashtag is kind of the modern version of sticking disposable cameras on your tables…they’ll keep people busy, and you never know what you’re going to end up with.

To learn more about how to create a hashtag for your wedding, check out this great blog post by Jen at Something Turquoise.

As great as a custom hashtag may sound, some brides are bucking technology all together and following a different trend, Unplugged Weddings. Why get rid of the iPhone?

Coreyann Photography - Why You Should Have an Unplugged Wedding
Coreyann Photography – Why You Should Have an Unplugged Wedding

At an unplugged wedding, guests are asked to put away all cell phones, cameras, iPads…really anything that can take a picture or video. Even if you’re completely obsessed with Instagram, you have to ask yourself if the risk of guests ruining some of your wedding pictures is worth it. You’re paying a lot of money for a professional photographer to capture your wedding day. Your wedding guests are using inferior cameras, and don’t have the same artistic eye as the person you’re paying to take your photos.

You’re probably thinking, “Ok, Lindsay, but how often does this really happen?” You’d be surprised. I first learned about unplugged weddings through CoreyAnn Photography, and the number of ruined shots in her blog is unbelievable. Take this for example:

The first kiss
The first kiss

If someone had ruined my first kiss photo like this, there’s a good chance I would have killed them. Or at least stopped being their friend. What’s wrong with people? To get a photographer’s perspective on unplugged weddings, and see more pictures, click here.

So, which one’s better? At the end of the day, you need to do what makes the most sense for you and your fiancee. You’re not necessarily limited to one or the other. You could have an unplugged ceremony, then print your hashtag on cocktail napkins for your reception, ensuring that your first kiss picture is just perfect, and your guests can still capture all of the fun throughout the night!

xoxo,

Lindsay

P.S. Are you a hashtag bride, or an unplugged bride? I’d love to hear all of the details!

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