#CloughWedding: Why I hashtagged my special day

Polaroid wedding photograph

Let’s face it.
Whether you like it or not, some of your guests are going to put pictures of your wedding on Facebook -or whatever social network they’re buzzing over at the time.

Unless you have a strict no-phones policy, I can’t see how you’d avoid it. Luckily, I have no problems whatsoever with people uploading images of our wedding and sharing the fact that they’re having a good time (apparently it’s in bad taste to upload pictures of the bride before she does, but I think that’s a bit of poppycock to be honest).

The way I saw it, I didn’t want to miss out on those images! Although you try, it’s so hard to properly catch up with every one of your guests throughout the day. It really does go as fast as everyone says and whilst you’re speaking to someone, no doubt there are others elsewhere having an awesome time too (hopefully!). So that we didn’t miss out, we asked our guests on the Order of the Day booklets to hashtag any images they were going to upload with #CloughWedding – that way, we could find them all after everything had died down, sit down and really appreciate them.

It lets us see the day throughout the eyes of our guests and what they thought was worthy of a snap! There are pictures of the food, the decorations, the dinosaur impressions, the dance moves, the scenery, and most importantly, the people.

(And lots of people getting their picture with the bride!)

I loved these pictures so much that I decided I wanted hard copies. Why does no-one make actual photo albums anymore?

After a bit of online research, I used Inkifi to print the images into Polaroid style copies – about 80 of them!

Polaroid wedding photograph

Polaroid wedding photograph

Polaroid wedding photograph

Polaroid wedding photograph

 

They’re lovely. They’re a great size, really sturdy and perfect for… a scrapbook! So that’s what I did next – headed to Paperchase and got me a scrapbook to start working on.

Polaroid wedding photograph

Polaroid wedding photograph

Polaroid wedding photograph

 

Sure, we will still have our official wedding photography to come, and we will also make an album of the disposable cameras from the tables, but these are brilliant.

Thank you so much to everyone who used the hashtag!

I know a lot of people are worried about what picture will go online after your wedding day. I’ve spoken to a few other brides-to-be in online bride communities, but in my opinion you might as well make the most of it. How does the saying go? If you can’t beat them, join them.

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  • Eve

    Karen what an amazing idea! I would have never even thought of this but it’s such a good way of documenting your big day through the eyes of all your guests! Absolutely love it 🙂

    Eve xxx

    • Karen

      Aw cheers Eve! We had a few initial ideas using actual Polaroids but seriously, those things are mega expensive! Saying that, this has been a nice way to go through the pictures and it’s a lovely souvenir and got everyone involved so I’m really chuffed 🙂 x

  • Karen this is a great idea, thanks so much for the post and we love that you love your prints!

    • Karen

      Thank you for commenting! So glad you like it! And yes we loved the Inkifi service so happy to give you the mention. Plus, you’re not far away from us and I’m all for supporting local business 🙂