5 Tips for using hashtags at weddings

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At Summit Mountain Weddings we like to keep our followers up on the current details of wedding in the area through our blog and now our very own Instagram page! If you attend a wedding in Summit County this summer, use the hashtag #breckwedding or if you not actually in Breck but close (like Keystone, Copper, Vail, Beaver Creek, etc.) use our handle @breckweddings. We would love to share your pictures on our Instagram and possibly on our blog!

5 Tips for using hashtags at weddings

  1. Never post a picture of the bride in her dress before the ceremony.  You might chance the groom seeing his bride before the ceremony, which is a wedding faux pas.
  2. Include the bride and grooms "handles" when you post.  This is their Instagram profile name with the @ symbol in front of it. This will allow them to see it as soon as you post.
  3. Let the photographer, DJ, and other vendors know about the hashtag.  They will probably be taking pictures throughout the event, and when everyone tags their photos using the hashtag, you'll get to see many different photography styles, angles and perspectives from the evening.
  4. Keep it classy. The hashtag creates your very own virtual wedding album and that means anyone could see it,  including grandma and grandpa.
  5.  Let guests know the hashtag.  Don't forget to tell your guests to use the #breckweddings hashtag at your wedding so that you can be featured on our blog or Instagram page.

5 Tips for using hashtags at weddings

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[ How to ] Get Inspired to Create a Wedding Website

Technology is inspiring culture shifts, and that includes how we talk about our weddings. Today's couples are using many different ways to share their announcement, engagement photos, and now everybody has a wedding website or Facebook page to let everyone know what's going on.  You could even create a private group on Minigroup, so your wedding info isn't on Facebook.  

There are many ways to do a wedding website.  Today's blog is about highlighting some of the real sites that are being used today by real couples.   The Dessy Group has created a way for folks to nominate wedding websites to appear on this site, which happens to show not only one site, but the best of all the sites that provide this capability.

So, head on over to The Perfect Couple to browse through real wedding websites that couples are using to share the information about the big day.  Which website are you using?  Please comment below, so we know what our readers are using!  Thanks for reading and we hope this helps you determine where and how to share your wedding details.

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[Groom-er] Online Audience Follows Real-time Proposal Shared on Instagram and Twitter. #MikeProposes

It's no secret that we're big fans of technology.  We share lots of photos through our various platforms, and you can see us live-posting from events around Breckenridge, Summit County and the Vail Valley.  But, today's post is about a guy from Winnepeg who tweeted as his proposal unfolded.  His girlfriend had no clue that an online audience followed.  He started by letting his twitter followers in on the deal with this tweet: "Tomorrow I'm proposing to my girlfriend. I'll be using the hashtag. Follow along! "   

[Groom-er] Online Audience Follows Real-time Proposal Shared on Instagram and Twitter. #MikeProposes

 According to an an online article from The Next Web,  "he took his girlfriend on a 12-hour date, involving 8 different locations, each with a special meaning.  Without her knowing, he had brought the entire Twitterverse along with them for the ride. According to the Winnipeg Sun, he also gained hundreds of followers in the process." 

[Groom-er] Online Audience Follows Real-time Proposal Shared on Instagram and Twitter. #MikeProposes

 We love the creativity of today's guys and how they're using social technologies to have fun with their proposals and weddings.  It's a great way to add an element to a great story that did not exist a few years ago.  With guys like this setting the bar, what's next?  A great summary of tweets can be seen on Storify by clicking here.    

[Groom-er] Online Audience Follows Real-time Proposal Shared on Instagram and Twitter. #MikeProposes

[GROOM-ER] Finding Inspiration on How to Dress the Boys using Pinterest

He might not care if you get table runners, or if the vases are square and short, or  you choose tall cylinder vases.  He does care about what kind of skis or board he rides on, so eventually he's gonna realize and care about what he's wearing on the big day.   You can simple, flashy or totally off-the-hook if you want to.  We'd say most of the mountain brides we work with gravitate towards a classic look for the guy, with lots of dark suits, with bursts of color from boutonierres or even bowties.

Here is an interesting way to get the groom-to-be, or groom-er as we like to call'em around here, involved in the overall style of the wedding.  Use Pinterest.  Yep, we said it.  If he's a fan of using his smartphone, ipad or laptop, ask him to try out this new social inspiration board builder.  You can use it for practically anything, but it makes planning weddings and events a lot of fun.  We're using it now with our brides, and you can use it as a couple to build an inspiration board that shows your style as a couple.  You can then share this board with your other vendors, so that they can see what you're into.  

         >> Check out our Groom-er board to get in on the action.

Hand him the controls from your profile to get started.  Start a board called, "stuff I'd like see to my guy in on our wedding day", or "our couple style" and it might not be such a bad idea to create one called "NO WAY!"  Show him what you're attracted to, and ask him to bring out his style on a board, to pin some stuff that he might consider, or even have him create his own profile to start his own boards.  

[GROOM-ER] Finding Inspiration on How to Dress the Boys using Pinterest

Contact us for invite to Pinterest, as it's officially in beta.  Send us an email, mention this blog post, and you'll be pinning in no time.  And if you're a pinner yourself already, then please practice your good pinning habits and give photo credit and links.  Thanks for reading!

[GROOM-ER] Finding Inspiration on How to Dress the Boys using Pinterest

If you know of any good groom-related wedding boards, please add a comment to this blog post.  Thanks for helping create an awesome online wedding community!

P.S. - We were just contacted by a national trade publication about our use of Pinterest for our business, and they wanted to use screenshots of some of our boards in their read!  We'll share more as this story develops into a print article.  

[HOW TO] Create Inspiration Boards Using Pinterest to Plan Your Destination Wedding in Colorado

Welcome to the world of Pinterest.  Being big fans of progressive technology, we're happy to show you this fabulous online tool that will allow you to create inspiration boards for anything you choose.  It's in beta, meaning you'll have to request an invite, but they come rather quickly, and pinning away you will be!  

Brides looking to capture anything and everything of their own personal style can create a board and add items they identify with.  Name another board "bouquets" and browse the wedding blogs and sites for inspiration and create a collection of colors, style and anything you think could provide inspiration for your bouquet.  Keep creating as many boards as you need to keep your ideas in one place.  

We've already created a few boards, and are already using it and Minigroup  to work with brides for our flower shop.  It's very easy to spend a lot of time on this site, so don't say we didn't warn you!

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pinterest.com/petalandbean  |  [HOW TO] Create Your Own Inspiration Boards Using Pinterest to Plan Your Destination Wedding in Colorado

Make sure to read the examples of brides using this online tool to help plan their wedding.  Always glance over the "about" page to make sure you're in the right place, and there's even a section devoted to etiquette.    

You can have your bridesmaids, moms, and other important influencers in your event "follow' your inspiration board, or even become a contributor.

pinterest.com/petalandbean  |  [HOW TO] Create Your Own Inspiration Boards Using Pinterest to Plan Your Destination Wedding in Colorado

There are so basic options to get you started, the first being to add a pin.  You can also upload images from your computer that are your property or have permission to share.  Pinterest etiquette recommends citing original sources.  And, if you see a nice chair, table or piece of furniture, create a board of wishlist items that you'd like to see in your living room one day.  The options are endless...

 

pinterest.com/petalandbean  |  [HOW TO] Create Your Own Inspiration Boards Using Pinterest to Plan Your Destination Wedding in Colorado

 

You can see a few of the images I had repinned to my "Groom-er" pinboard, with guy stuff on it.  Groom-er of a series of blog articles written for guys planning their Rocky Mountain wedding.  I put some style on there, but a few other surprises as well.  Be sure to follow other fun wedding blogs on Pinterest, 

 

pinterest.com/petalandbean  |  [HOW TO] Create Your Own Inspiration Boards Using Pinterest to Plan Your Destination Wedding in Colorado

 

So, check out  this new social network, but one we think that you'll soon be obsessed with, spending way too much time on, but finding out it's a brilliant way to organize random inspirations, ideas and details!  Please comment below if you're on Pinterest, so that others can find you from this blog.  

This is the start of your online collaboration between vendors, brides, planners, family and friends, all using the same platform to share inspiration, provide support and commentary, and most of all, to have a little fun while we plan all these weddings!  Thanks for reading and happy planning everyone.

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[HOW TO] Create a Playlist for your Destination Wedding in the Rocky Mountains near Breckenridge, Colorado

Following yesterday's, "Interview with a DJ" I started exploring the multitude of wedding blogs out there, and there are so many great ones!  One that I thought was appropriate was Soundtrack TO I DO, which states in their header image that they are "music advice for the soon to be wed."  Clicking on the "Listen" page, I explored the playlists that she has created and can see the great potential in this new technology from Playlist.com that you could use to create your own playlist.  

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Now, whether you decide to employ a professional DJ or entertainer is very much a personal choice, you can still create your list and then share it with the DJ to use as a reference for your style and taste, or you can use the direct playlist itself.  You could also create playlists for any traveling, rehearsal dinners, or just hanging around the house.  We love music and having the right background beats can make or break the moment, in my opinion anyway.

When you rollover the "About" tab and explore "The Soundtrack" this great image pretty much says it all.  Your wedding, your music, and then your playlist!  Please share any playlists you make with us and we'll share it on our blog with pics from the day.

Soundtrack TO I DO: music advice for the soon to be wed | soundtracktoido.com

I know a few songs I would put in looking back, but I did have some classical music picked out for my wife to walk down the aisle to.  However, there was a technicial difficulty.  We'll save that for another post...

[HOW TO] share multiple url's using only one link

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It's time to shed old ways of doing things and embrace technology to make our lives easier.  One example is the ability to share multiple links with only one link.  You can make a list of possible florists, caterers and photographers.  You could make another list of airlines that take you to your destination.  Or create another list of links that are of just shoes that you might be needing for your adventure wedding in the Rocky Mountains!

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During your wedding planning, you'll be sending numerous emails, making many phone calls, and exchanging a lot of information.  This is a tool that vendors can use to link to past media and press, such as this link http://www.multiurl.com/g/6vJ does for Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean.  Now, most of these links can be found on this page on our flower shop website, but is much easier to use instead of clicking on each link from the web page.

For couples planning their wedding and exploring different lodging options in Breckenridge, and you want to share a list of possible lodging companies, you can end up typing many links into numerous emails.  Do a bit of legwork up front, and use one link to send to your planning team.

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You can then navigate the links by a toolbar found in the top left of the screen, or you can use a dropdown menu of the sites sent.  Please visit www.multiurl.com to learn more.

Is wedding technology more confusing than helpful?  If there's technology out there that's easy to use and interesting, please send it our way and we could possibly share it on this blog.  Tell us how you use today's technology to plan your wedding.  Please comment below if you know of any other cool tools we should know about, thanks!

>> Photos courtesy of Daniel McVey, a "photographer currently living in Summit County, Colorado.  I enjoy taking landscape images at day or night. The moon and stars are also a motif in my pictures. Aside from landscape, I do some wildlife photos."  Check out his website here and his Facebook page here.