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Here’s How to Get Your Guests to Actually Use Your #Hashtag

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Nov 142016
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You spent a lot of time creating the perfect, catchy hashtag to describe your happy union. And you'll be very disappointed if no one uses it.

"Couples opt for a wedding hashtag so they can easily see all of their guests' photos in one place, and they often spend a lot of time and creativity coming up with the perfect one," explains Jaclyn Fisher, owner of Two Little Birds Planning in Philadelphia. "So it's only natural for a couple to be upset if their guests don't actually use their hashtag."

You could (and of course should) post signs that include your hashtag and how you'd like your guests to use it. But signs might not be enough. So, here are five other ways to get your guests to actually use your hashtag.

1. Spread the word on your own social media.
Fisher suggests incorporating your hashtag into any social media posts about your wedding. After all, if you don't use it, why would your guests? "Tweet about booking your venue, share photos from your bridal shower on Instagram, and SnapChat from your bachelorette party," she says. "Guests will quickly catch on and start using the hashtag too."

2. Get your wedding party to spread the word.
When you bridesmaids post sneak-peeks of them trying on their gowns, ask them to add your hashtag to their caption, says Amy Nichols, owner of Amy Nichols Special Events and co-founder of The Poppy Group. "Your guests are likely connected to your wedding party as well, and this will help to begin laying the groundwork for getting the hashtag out to guests," she says.

See More: The Top Social Media Wedding Faux-Pas

3. Make it easy to remember.
Few people will want to use a long, complicated hashtag. On the flip side, "choosing a hashtag that's easy to remember will increase the chances of your guests actually using it," says Fisher. "Rhymes, alliterations, and puns are all ingredients for an awesome and memorable hashtag." We even have tips for choosing the perfect hashtag here.

4. Send it out before the big day.
Don't spring your hashtag on guests at the wedding. Instead, "start using your hashtag before the big day by featuring it on your save the date, website, invitation, and welcome bag," says Fisher. "Guests are more likely to remember and use your hashtag after the repeated exposure."

5. Include it throughout the wedding.
Nichols and Fisher agree that you should go beyond signs to show off your hashtag. "The more creative, the more likely your guests will take notice," Nichols says, while Fisher suggests printing your hashtag on everything from your menu to your table numbers to make a maximum impact.

5 Skills You Must Have For a Successful Romantic Relationship

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Nov 122016
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You've got skills, we know. You're strong, competent, and communicative, to name a few. But, "while these are all important foundational skills for living a successful and happy life, they need to be built on in order to help an individual transition to a successful and happy partnership," explains psychotherapist and marriage coach Toni Coleman.

Enter: Couple skills, next-level expertise we need for successful relationships. But don't worry, they're not too hard to grasp. Here, our experts give you five to start.

1. You've got to have empathy.
According to Lesli Doares, marriage coach and author of Blueprint For A Lasting Marriage, empathy is the ability to see things from your partner's perspective, and it's a huge plus in your relationship. "No two people experience life in the same way and this leads to viewing the same event differently," she explains. "Being empathetic and understanding and seeing this as legitimate differences, not in terms of one of you being right and the other wrong, is key for success."

2. You have to be able to think "we," not "I."
You know what you need, and how to get it. "But when someone is part of a couple, he or she needs to view each need as it impacts 'us' as a couple, and not just him or her as an individual," says Coleman. "Keeping a 'we' perspective will help a couple to make sure both of their needs are priorities for them as a couple, which helps create a balance and maintain a sense of oneness."

See More: 5 Couples Define What a "Happy Marriage" Means to Them

3. You have to be able to regulate your emotions.
That anger that bubbles up when you see your spouse left the house in disarray? You've got to be able to put it in check, Doares says. "Each of you is responsible for managing your own emotions and having a plan for what to do when things get hot to minimize damage to your relationship," she says. "If one of you can remain calm and implement that plan, then there will be no escalation and no need for repair."

4. You need to be able to communicate well.
Good communication skills include active listening, not interrupting, asking good follow-up questions, reflection, and avoiding jumping to conclusions, among other traits, says Coleman. "There are a number of skills for couples to learn in order to be good communicators, but these are not difficult and if used consistently, can make or break a relationship," she says.

5. You've got to have good negotiation skills.
All communication skills are valuable in a relationship. "But the ability to negotiate a solution you both can support and implement is the key to being willing tackle the hard stuff that inevitably crops up," says Doares. Plus, she adds, negotiation keeps resentment at bay. "When you can successfully negotiate, there is no manipulation or giving in and that keeps resentment from taking hold," she explains.

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