Part of what makes weddings so special is being able to share your love and excitement with the important people in your life. But weddings are expensive, so not everyone makes the guest list. And due to travel and outstanding circumstances, it’s likely some people can’t attend.
Enter HashtagiDo, a local wedding service aimed at helping everyone you care about be part of your special day through social media.
Social Media: Not Just For Selfies
Social media is super important to Christine Brown, the mastermind behind the business. Her day job as a broadcast news producer at ABC30 has made her a pro when it comes to using different social platforms.
When Brown got married in 2014, she used social media to share elements of her wedding with family and friends who were unable to attend. A friend live-streamed the ceremony, and another updated Facebook and Twitter.
“There were so many people I wish I could have invited,” Brown says. “Having my feeds updated was my way of allowing them to feel like they were somehow part of my big day.”
It wasn’t until a year after her wedding that Brown realized she could offer a social media service to help other couples share their experience. That’s when she launched HashtagiDo.
“I love weddings,” Brown says. “Being able to be a part of so many couples’ celebrations has been enlightening, especially knowing the service I’m providing for them is adding some sparkle to their big day.”
The groom at the first wedding HashtagiDo worked on had family in Vietnam. Brown was able to live-stream the ceremony so they could watch and participate thousands of miles away.
In addition to offering live-streams of entire ceremonies and key parts of receptions, HashtagiDo keeps people updated on all of the wedding fun by posting to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat on the couple’s behalf.
Brown meets with the couples beforehand to create the plan of attack, which usually includes creating a custom hashtag. For her own wedding, she used #broritowedding—a mix of the groom’s last name, Brown, and her maiden name, Perito.
HastagiDo will even create a custom Snapchat Geofilter for guests to use at the event.
Free Bridal Workshop Planned
If you are engaged and interested in learning more about HastagiDo, a free bridal workshop is taking place Sunday, March 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bitwise South Stadium in downtown Fresno.
HashtagiDo will be on hand to offer tips on how to create a hashtag that stands out and is unique to the bride and groom.
There will be guest speakers to help in the wedding planning process, including a photographer who will explain ways couples can communicate with photographers to insure things go well on the big day.
Engelmann Cellars, Baked Sunnyside, Walker Lewis, Fluerie Flower, and Good Times Entertainment are also taking part.
Space is limited, so only brides-to-be are invited to attend. To register click here.
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