Hashtag Your #SouthBendWedding

With the awesome explosion of social media, Hashtags are everywhere in our online lives. Facebook has finally relented and now hashtags are searchable on Facebook!

Now it’s your South Bend Wedding Day and all your friends are snapping cell phone photos of you, your significant other and  themselves having fun at your wedding and reception. Besides the hundreds of pictures that your South Bend wedding photographer and videographer took, how will you ever see all of those Instagram, Twitter and Facebook shared photos from your friends and family? The best idea is Hashtag Your Wedding!

When friends and family post their awesome pictures to social media, Hashtags make them instantly searchable,  you and your guests will be able to run searches on your hashtag and view all of the pictures that were tagged and associated with your hashtag. You will be able to view them right away, that night even, enjoying all the fun, joy and memories created at your South Bend Wedding! Keep in mind that the hashtag needs to be unique and original to your event. Choosing a hastag like #MySouthBendWedding or #NotreDameWedding will just mix your photos with all the other photos under such a universal hashtag! So make it unique, do a hashtag search for every hashtag you come up with on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to make sure it isn’t previously used. With the pending explosion of wedding hashtags, using generic hastags like #JulieMikeWedding will be problematic.

How do you get the word out to your guests about which hashtag to use? You can promote your original hashtag on cute little cards or small signs that displayed on guest tables which makes the hashtag easy to reference as guests shoot and upload to social media. A chalkboard displayed next to the DJ or cake table, to remind guests of your hashtag. Have some business cards printed with the hashtag and insert them into your wedding invites before they are sent out. The business card is the right size for men to put into their wallets or women their purses and bring it with them to your wedding!

Share and relive your South Bend Wedding with a unique hashtag and all the pictures your guests took! And if you are a guest, please don’t be this woman with an ipad! Remember the Bride & Groom hired professionals to document their wedding day and doing something like this isn’t doing anyone any favors!

Photo copyright IQvideography
DON”T BE THIS PERSON with the iPad! Photo copyright IQvideography

South Bend Weddings, Vendor Special!

The South Bend Wedding season is about to get into full swing, in about three weeks. Have you locked down all of your wedding day vendors? Have you booked one of the funnest things going at wedding receptions? If you haven’t hired your photo booth rental service, then check out this deal! Fun Zone Photo Booths are the best in South Bend! Fun Zone Photo Booths has a great deal going till the end of the month! Book one of their photo booth packages and they will upgrade you to the Mega Photo Strip for FREE, a $200 value!

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Bridal Show January 10th!

I hope everyone is having a fantastic New Year!

Just a quick reminder we are only 10 days away from the best, the largest, the oldest bridal show in the South Bend area! The Bridal Spectacular will be held on January 10th at the Century Center from 12 to 5. Some of the best wedding professionals and services in Michiana will be there, including but not limited to: Music Machine, Allure Films & Photography, Bernardo’s for the Bride, Fun Zone Photo Booths, Cloud Nine Invitation Design, Purrfect Disc Jockey. Admission is $5 at the door. Two fashion shows will be held at 1 and 3.

Wedding vendors will be from all over the area, including South Bend, Mishawaka, Elkhart, LaPorte, Plymouth and areas in between. So no matter if you are recently engaged over the holidays, in which case congratulations, or are in the final planning stages, stop by the Bridal Spectacular to help with planning your wedding day!