To hashtag or not to hashtag?
This is the question plaguing brides and grooms across the country in an ever-evolving world of social media. Recently, Facebook joined Twitter and Instagram in offering clickable hashtags, which allows users to search topics according to keywords prefaced with, you guessed it, a hashtag. But are the trending topics appropriate for weddings?
Local wedding planner Tami Smallwood, CEO of blush|Wedding & Event Planning firm has a few thoughts on the matter.
"There are upsides to seeing your special day unfold through the eyes of the guests, but unfortunately they do not outweigh the downsides," she explains. "I understand that we are moving forward in technology, but some things should remain sacred–a couple’s wedding day should be one of them. Allowing guests to hashtag your wedding, can be hazardous for a few reasons."
A few of those reasons included giving access to your Big Day to uninvited guests before you’ve even had a chance to see it yourself! And self-proclaimed Instagram photographers may ruin special shots that you paid your professional photographer so much to get in the first place. Also, flashes from smartphones and pocket cameras can washout professional photos and alter shots.