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How To... Share Photos of Your Big Day on Social Media

The advent of the digital age has made it easy to stay in touch with friends and family who live far away. Sharing your photos via social media is not only the best way to show the big day off to guests who couldn't make it, but it also helps you acquire a large number of photos you otherwise wouldn't have! Remember, even if you hired the world's best wedding photographer, he or she can't capture every moment and expression from around the ballroom (or backyard, as the case may be).

Here are a few of our favorite ways to share wedding photos:

Facebook gallery

It's quite simple to upload your photos to a Facebook photo album: simply choose the option to create an album, upload the photos, and tag away! For the most part, you can control who sees the photos by selecting your preferred viewing audience. Remember to give credit to your wedding photographer if you're uploading the professional shots.

Tip: Not everyone wants their photo on Facebook, so ask permission before posting and choose photos judiciously.

Online photo storage and sharing

Sites like Shutterfly offer you a way to upload and access your photos from anywhere, from any device. Your free account offers plenty of safeguarded online storage space along with countless ways to create custom keepsakes directly from site. Like Shutterfly, Flickr provides a way to share photos with friends and family online. You can tag folks in your pictures, which makes photo sharing even easier.

Tip: Have email addresses on hand to invite others to view and share in your online photo albums.

Hashtags

Even if you're like Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake and not the biggest fan of hashtags, they can be incredibly useful when it comes to grouping together your wedding photos. By placing a pound sign in front of a phrase, it automatically becomes a searchable link. Let your guests know that you'd like them to add #smithweddingextravaganza to whatever photos they may upload online—that way, you'll be able to see all of the shots in one fell swoop. Sites that support hashtag links include Facebook, Instagram, Vine, Tumblr, Google+, and of course, Twitter.

Tip: Create a custom hashtag especially for your wedding and do a quick search to make sure it's actually unique—you don't want your photos to get jumbled in with someone else's!

Instagram

Almost every cell phone comes with a camera, and it seem that every smartphone owner uses Instagram, an app that lets you snap, upload, and edit photos instantly from your phone.

Tip: Remember to remind your guests of your custom hashtag so they can point, shoot, and upload away.

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