By Mandy Stephenson
Sometimes it can be frustrating to wait weeks (or months) to see the results of your professional wedding pictures. With all the buzz around the day it is a lot more exciting when your friends and family start uploading photos they may have taken to Facebook or sending them to you via email. However, with a wedding of typically 50+ attendees who are likely to have their cell phones, Instagram is a quick and easy way to get multiple perspectives on your big day, and it lets your guest be involved.
Earlier this summer I was able to be a bridesmaid and take advantage of using Twitter, Facebook and Instagram throughout the day. This allowed people who were unable to make their long-distance ceremony a sneak-peek into the day and definitely gave the bride, bridesmaids, and wedding party something to look at right away when the ceremony and reception were over.
Since Instagram doesn’t provide viewers with the easiest way to look at posts you have been tagged in, creating a specific hashtag (that hasn’t been used before!) is the simplest way to view shots only from your day. For this particular wedding we selected: #dirkandnikkiwedding – which you can type into your tag search on instagram if you want to view photos from the day.
If you are less inclined to do pick a hashtag for your wedding day another option is to create a set profile that people can follow and also tag photos to. If you already have an Instagram profile, simply log out and create a new account with a title related to your wedding day. This way you will always have a spot you can go to that is solely reserved for this event.
When I was researching ideas for other ways to integrate Instagram into your wedding I found an idea for a low budget photobooth option that suggested setting up an iPad and letting your guests take photos with that. The larger screen will make it easy to see and there is always the option for retaking photos that you don’t like. This could allow you to create a DIY background or simply rent a backdrop, rather than spending a lot of money on an actual photobooth. Using hashtags or uploading the photos directly to a wedding profile will give your guests something to search for or follow when the celebrations are over.
The easiest way to introduce your guests to this idea is by creating some sort of card that can be handed out prior to the ceremony that explains the concept and also notes the selected hashtag and/or profile. I would suggest something like the image below, which is just a sample mock-up of what you could do.
Relaxing the morning after your wedding and looking through all of the fun photos from your special day is sure to be one memory you won’t want to miss out on. Plus, you get a bunch of great images that your photographer is sure to have missed! If you have any suggestions for other ways to use Instagram at your wedding, let us know!
*Special thanks to Dirk and Nikki Dallas for letting us showcase their wonderful day.