How To Get Your Creative and Personal Wedding Hashtag *

How To Get Your Creative and Personal Wedding Hashtag *

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There’s truth to the saying that you blink once on your wedding day and then it’s over. After months of gathering inspiration, planning, and even rehearsing the big day, it ends in a flash. What remains from your wedding are the memories and images captured by both your expert wedding photographer and your guests. 

Thankfully, your wedding photographer will edit your images and get them back to you to enjoy forever. Tracking down images from your guests, however, isn’t always this simple. Unless you aggregate them with a creative wedding hashtag

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The Benefits Of Using A Creative Wedding Hashtag

While using a creative wedding hashtag, you can begin your wedding documentation early on. This gives you the opportunity to see your wedding journey in one place—from the proposal to the final goodbyes on your wedding night. 

Utilizing your unique wedding hashtag when you post your proposal announcement, engagement shoot, and fun wedding planning adventures means you can quickly and easily see everything related to the best day of your life.

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How To Use Your Wedding Hashtag

Include your hashtag on your invitations so that your guests can document any pre-wedding parties or events they attend like your rehearsal dinner. 

Then, be sure to include your hashtag everywhere on your wedding day. Trust us. Be sure it’s listed clearly on items your guests are sure to see. Places like:

  • Programs
  • Menus
  • Dessert table labels
  • Seating charts
  • Photo booths and their printed images
  • Other signage throughout the wedding 

As your guests are sharing on social media, easy access to your creative wedding hashtag will prompt them to use it in their posts.

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You should also include your hashtag as an insert with your wedding favors. Not every guest will post online right away so the insert will help them remember your wedding hashtag for later.

How To Use Creative Wedding Hashtag Inspiration

There are many schools of thought when it comes to creating a creative wedding hashtag. Most couples start their search online looking through other wedding hashtags for inspiration. However, you should avoid leaning too heavily into other hashtags for inspiration. You’re more likely to end up using the same hashtag as another couple if you do.

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Get Started With Wedding Hashtag Professionals

Just like every other aspect of wedding planning, working with professionals is the right way to go. Our friends at Wedding Hashers are professional wedding hashtag writers—seriously. Their team of writers have written wedding hashtags for thousands of happy couples. 

Their secret is getting to know their couples—a personalized approach that you just can’t get from an algorithm. 

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How Wedding Hashers Works

Wedding Hashers has three different packages that include three, five, or twelve hashtag options. These can also be used throughout your wedding planning journey and can include engagement parties, pre-wedding trips, or even wedding outfit shopping. 

Once you’ve chosen a hashtag package, you’ll submit a quick questionnaire to give their writers more information about you and your love story. These include questions like your first and last names, nicknames, and what your proposal was like. 

After you fill out their questionnaire, they’ll get your wedding hashtag options back to you within one business day. That’s all it takes and then you can rest easy. Working with hashtag professionals will ensure you spend your time elsewhere, planning a day as unique as the hashtag they’ll create for you.

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Using A Hashtag Generator

With so many things on your wedding planning plate, coming up with a creative wedding hashtag can be a fun and lighthearted activity, or it can instantly feel overwhelming. Wedding hashtag generators are another option you can use for this very reason.

If you are looking for a quick and fun way to get results, Wedding Hashers also offers a free hashtag generator. While this option does get you a wedding hashtag faster, satisfaction isn’t guaranteed. Generated hashtags also lack the level of personalization that make wedding hashtags special.

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The Junebug Recommendation

While the free wedding hashtag generator might sound ideal in the short term, ending up with the same hashtag as another couple can cause problems. For example, if another couple ends up using the same hashtag as you, you won’t get the same streamlined experience of reliving your wedding on social media. If your wedding budget has room for the personalization that Wedding Hashers offers, we recommend opting for the personalization of a creative wedding hashtag. 

Coming up with the perfect wedding hashtag isn’t easy. Working with hashtag professionals is an easy choice. Your wedding hashtag should be unique to you to help document your wedding—and only your wedding. Get started today and let Wedding Hashers help you document your love story.

 

13 gorgeous NO-STONE engagement rings *

13 gorgeous NO-STONE engagement rings *

What geek could say no to this d20 engagement ring?

There are lots of reasons for wanting an engagement ring without a gemstone. Maybe you want a stone-free engagement ring because you’re hard on jewelry. Maybe you want a no-stone engagement ring because you’re just not into bling. Maybe you’re a more understated, or minimal person.

Regardless, this much is clear: you still want it to feel special. You don’t want it to just feel like a simple wedding band. You want some pizazz. This in mind, we’ve rounded up 13 unique engagement rings without stones. Most of these work for the ladies in the house — those of you who identify as wanting something a bit more dainty. But some of them run a bit more masculine, if you’re proposing to a dude-type person. There are some geeky options here, some minimalist options, and some more dainty organic vibes.

Loving the delicate design of these rose gold stacking rings
The interlocking shapes of this ring send nice vibes about how interconnected we are in marriage…
This no-stone engagement ring design really puts the ROSE in rose gold, you know what I mean?
Aww, this one’s pretty geeky, right? We love the pixelated heart, and this is firmly gender neutral — perfect for those proposing to a masculine-identified partner.
This ring is similarly geeky, but a bit more delicate.
We appreciate the simple geometry of this ring from Gemist.
We’re getting deeply organic vibes with this tree engagement ring.
Aww, it’s an I CHOOSE YOU engagement ring. Who needs a gemstone when you’ve got a pokeball??
Loving the vintage vibes on this pointed stone-free engagement ring.
This no-stone engagement ring has a minimal, geometric silhouette that we just love.
This stone-free engagement ring has these great facets to it. Love the dimensionality!
This might be the ultimate minimalist engagement ring! Who needs a stone when you’ve got… an open circle.
11 Steps to Receiving Better Customer Feedback *

11 Steps to Receiving Better Customer Feedback *

Would You Like to Improve Your Feedback?

 

There’s an old adage that “You can’t fix what you don’t know about”.

In the digital age, customer feedback is more important than ever.  It’s exciting to see so many companies do post-purchase customer surveys.  However, it truly amazes me how many businesses don’t bother to do any customer surveys.

Many of the customer feedback collection methods rely on the Net Promoter Score system.  This ia a simple zero to 10 scale that asks the customer how likely they are to recommend the business to a friend or colleague.

NPS was developed by Fred Reichheld, and is often referred to as “The Ultimate Question.”  NPS has been widely adopted with more than two thirds of Fortune 1000 companies using this method to survey their customers.

 

The Net Promoter Score divides survey respondents into promoters, passive and detracters

It’s easy to calculate your Net Promoter Score from any survey you do.  All yo do is subtract the percentage of Detractors from the percentage of Promoters.  The calculation is that simple.  If 50% of your respondents were Promoters and 10% were Detractors, your Net Promoter Score is 40.

The importance of the Net Promoter Score is that it gives you insights into your customer loyalty spectrum.  As you move up the scoring scale, from 0 to 10, customers defect at lower rates, will spend more and will move from negative word of mouth to positive.

By measuring your customer loyalty you can identify customer experience weak points that need to be improved.  However, to do this you need to know how to conduct Net Promoter Surveys.  As the Net Promoter Score’s strength isn’t it’s ability to measure customer loyalty, but it is how easy it is to measure loyalty, which is crucial.

 

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We all get NPS surveys in our email.  I recently was sent two NPS queries in a 24-hour span, by two very different companies.  Even though they are asking the exact same question, how they ask is very different.    Comparing how they asked made me think about the best ways to design my future questions.

Listed below are 11 ways I think you can improve the Net Promoter Score surveys that you send.  But first, lets look at two NPS surveys that handle their questions very differently:

 

MGM Grand Net Promoter Score Survey

 

I recently visited the MGM Grand for a conference, and received this feedback request 48 hours after checkout:

From: MGM Grand <mgmresorts@express.medallia.com> (note: Medallia is a third-party research firm that handles many NPS surveys for brands)

Subject: Tell Us About Your Stay at MGM Grand

 

The MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada

I suspect Medallia has done subject line testing on these NPS emails.  However, but I don’t personally love the subject line here, “Tell Us.”  It feels like a command, and lacks warmth and empathy.

Other observations:

  1. They did a good job of personalization.
  2. It’s a clear statement of the actual question.
  3. Ability to provide feedback in Spanish is a nice touch here, rarely seen.
  4. Humanize the organization by mentioned the person in charge of feedback collection.
  5. I do not understand why this sea of logos is included here.  We know MGM Grand is where I stayed.  However, it is not relevant in this interaction to collect feedback.  Reminding me of all the properties in their portfolio, the name of their rewards program, etc. is a waste of space, and robs attention from the reason for the email.
  6. I appreciate the inclusion of an opt-out mechanism in the footer of their email.

 

The worst sin their email committs, it’s not mobile-friendly.  This survey on my iPhone, required a side-scroll to participate.  The survey itself would be very easy to make work in mobile.  The spacing required putting on a sea of logos creates the problem!

Anything that you want to receive a response to must be kept as simple as possible.  The K.I.S.S. principle really does work.

 

More of your customers are using mobile as their primary or only email access point.

This is certainly an issue, as more and more customers are using mobile devices as their primary or only email access point.

Also of interest is the reminder email that MGM Grand sends out two days later to people who have not yet participated in the NPS survey.  This email has the same subject line with the addition of “Reminder:”, similar body copy, but a more compact footer.

It’s still not mobile-friendly.  It appears that perhaps the flaw lies with the email templates used for the initial NPS appeal, rather than the reminder.  I feel that this second email should have a completely different tone, message, and subject line.  

If you didn’t participate the first time, it’s probably not because you forgot and need a “reminder.”  Their second email “reminder” reminded me how my six year-old grandson can stay on message when he wants a snack because he’s hungry 10 minutes before we serve dinner.  

The reason you didn’t respond was because you chose not to do so.  A better strategy would be to change your approach and message in any follow-up email.

 

ClusterTruck Net Promoter Score Survey

 

ClusterTruck is a mobile restaurant and food delivery service with locations in Indianapolis, Bloomington, with several more cities on the way.  My wife received this NPS survey from Clustertruck the morning after food delivery.  

From: Chef Tim <customerservice@clustertruck.com>

Subject: Alyson, how was your ClusterTruck?

I love the personalization and humanity right up front on this one. The email is “from” the Chef, not the company.  Terrific!  Plus, using first name personalization in the subject line itself is a smart move that typically increases open rate.

 

ClusterTruck is a mobile restaurant and food delivery service with several locations

Other observations:

  1. Outstanding addition to the personalization and humanization by using photo of the real Chef Tim (presumably).
  2. Excellent emphasis that this feedback is ACTUALLY READ by a real person.
  3. I do not like the vagueness of the query here. “How did we do?” followed by a NPS scale is not confusing necessarily, but is too imprecise.
  4. Terrific reminder of what items were ordered.
  5. While not particularly offensive, inclusion of social media logos in the footer is perhaps superfluous, especially without a request to follow on those platforms.
  6. No opt-out available, which is a problem, and perhaps a violation of CAN-SPAM regulations.

The Clustertruck email renders perfectly on a mobile device.

 

The Post-Click Experience

 

Upon clicking somewhere on the zero to 10 scale, both emails take you to a web page.  The MGM Net Promoter Score survey asks you for a reason why you gave the score you did, and then takes you to the front end of a VERY long survey.  

It’s largely a marketing wolf in market research clothing.  The MGM Grand comes across as being full of themselves.  It’s as if they are telling us, “you’re lucky we let you stay in our hotel, now sit down and answer our damn questions.”  That doesn’t give me a warm and fuzzy feeling.

However, ClusterTruck handles their survey very differently.  After picking a score on the ClusterTruck email, participants go to a web page where you are asked to provide commentary.  After submitting some, you are asked to rate ClusterTruck on Facebook.  The survey then concludes.  ClusterTruck understands the K.I.S.S. principle.

Which approach would be more likely to get your response?  

Which survey would get the better response from you?

 

How You Can Improve Your NPS Surveys

 

What have we learned, and what are the recommended elements of good NPS surveys:

  1. Ask in your subject line; don’t command.
  2. Personalize wherever possible, including the subject line.
  3. Humanize wherever possible, including in the “from” line. Also, add a photo of a company representative.
  4. Make clear that one or more real people will be reading these responses if that’s the case.
  5. Provide an easy way for customers to participate in other languages.
  6. Make the NPS survey email mobile-friendly.
  7. Remind customers what they ordered or purchased.
  8. Don’t clutter the email with icons, logos, or other unnecessary visuals.
  9. Provide an opt-out mechanism.
  10. If you send a second email to non-participants, change your approach.
  11. Make their post-click experience simple and straightforward.

 

10 Outfit Ideas for Spring Engagement Photos *

10 Outfit Ideas for Spring Engagement Photos *

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Getting ready for your spring engagement photos but haven’t figured out what to wear? We’re here to help with 10 super cute (and super fashionable!) couples whose spring engagement outfits really stole the show. From pastels and floral prints to sweaters for not-so-warm spring weather, these ideas will help you both get dressed to celebrate your engagement in style.

Before diving into our inspiration, here are a few tips for what to wear to your spring engagement photos:

  • Pastels scream spring and look great paired with neutral colors like white, tan, and navy
  • Select a color palette by pulling hues out of a patterned item
  • Mix patterns with a printed shirt for one of you and patterned bottoms for the other
  • Choose a jumpsuit instead of a dress to feel more comfy moving around
  • Speaking of movement, pick pieces that flow as you move for beautiful pictures
  • Show off your personal style by getting inspired by your home decor
  • Don’t forget to accessorize! Having a hat or sunglasses doesn’t just look good — it can be helpful if you’re not sure what to do with your hands (besides, you know, snuggle each other)!

That’s enough from us — get inspired by these fresh spring engagement outfit ideas and shop similar items below each look!

Spring Engagement Photos Outfit Ideas

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Nervous about taking your engagement photos? If you’re not used to being in front of the camera, those jitters are natural. Check out our 8 tips for nailing your engagement photos!

 

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13 gorgeous NO-STONE engagement rings *

2021 unique engagement ring trends for Offbeat Brides *

This is a pear-shaped opal from Etsy seller HelloRing

Part of how Offbeat Bride is able to stay online is what’s known as affiliate sales. This means that when we feature a product on the site, if you click the link, we get a small percentage of products you buy. We can’t see who buys what, but we CAN see which products get purchased… and we LOVE seeing what’s trending with Offbeat Bride readers!

These are the 10 most popular engagement rings with Offbeat Bride readers right now. Do you see yours?

Trend 1: raw diamonds & hammered bands

Raw Quartz Engagement Ring Rough Diamond Jewelry Natural Uncut Ring by Etsy Seller Avello

This unique engagement ring is even more affordable ($129?!) and features a Lake County Diamond, which is a thing I didn’t know about:

Lake County Diamonds are mostly clear and very hard, ranking from 7.5 to 8 (and possibly as high as 9) on the Mohs Scale. They have been used commercially and industrially, but are in greatest demand as semi-precious gems. Lake County Diamonds may be set uncut for a rough natural look, or faced to set off their inner fire which compares in brilliance to African carbon diamonds.

I didn’t know?! I would love to hear from someone who has one of these rings — does it stand up to daily wear? Does it catch on things? How’s the durability? So many questions.

Hammered Textured Wedding Band, White Gold Natural Diamond Ring from Etsy seller NirOliva

Can we talk about this stackable hammered ring? Loving that more rustic, hammered texture! Loving the slim, super wearable design… this ring is only about 2mm wide. I love how the more masculine hammered texture contrasts with that narrow feminine feel. Also pretty affordable, at $500.

Trend 2: Moissanite

14k Gold Pointed Prongs Moissanite Ring by Etsy sller PandridDesign

I get why this one is so popular — it’s super affordable! A timeless design for under $250, featuring a moissonite stone. Moissanite was first discovered in Arizona inside a meteor crater! It’s a natural gemstone, but most moissonite these days is created in a lab, so there is no environmental disruption in the creation of the gem.

The biggest difference between diamonds and moissanite (besides being two different gemstone families entirely) is that moissanite gems have about twice the amount of fire that a diamond has. A gemstone’s sparkle is made up of two parts: fire and brilliance. Brilliance is the white light, while fire is the colored rainbow light. Jewelers can tell the difference between moissanite and diamond because of the fire, but most people cannot see the difference. Mainly, more color comes out of moissanite than out of a diamond’s sparkle. It’s like traditional meets just the tiniest bit of offbeat.

Trend 3: Geometric shapes and black diamonds

Princess Cut Black Diamond Engagement Ring 2.44 Carat 14K White Gold handmade by JewelryByGaro

I wish we could get a better look at this princess cut back diamond ring… the photos aren’t great, but WOW it’s a stunner.

Hexagon Diamond Ring, Unique Diamond Engagement Ring with Geometric Grey Diamond, Solid Gold Diamond Ring with Wide Band from MinimalVS

Geometric engagement rings are my shiiiiiit, yo. From hexagonal diamonds to kite-shaped gemstones to intricate and bold angular settings, I’m into these bold angles. This grey hexagon diamond ring with its white diamond crown has such an art deco vibe. I love salt and pepper diamonds and bold lines, don’t you?!

Trend 4: Organic elements with leaves & florals

Twig and Leaf Bridal Set Opal unique engagement ring Pear Opal Ring from Etsy seller DoronMerav

Oh we’ve gone from geometric to organic vibes! This handmade 14k twig and leaf ring made in two gold colors and set with a beautiful opal of your choosing. Two small diamonds add some sparkle to the design… so perfect for a fairy wedding.

Leef Black Diamond Engagement Ring by DiamondsMine

Keeping it in an organic vein, we’ve got this floral and leaf motif black diamond engagement ring. The flower style black and white diamonds-filled unique engagement ring features a 1.00 carat round black diamond and accented by white natural diamonds.

Trend 5: Geeky engagement rings

Love’s Chapel Engagement Ring – White Gold with Champagne Sapphire and Emerald lab stones – 1 ct Nerdy Engagement Ring from MetalWender

Aww, I recognize this ring — Offbeat Brides love MetalWender! A tribute to the wonderful world of Final Fantasy VII, this ring is inspired by the details and story of Aerith Gainsborough. On the head are filigree details based off a scepter and final weapon in the game for Aeris, while on the sides there are church windows. Hot.  MetalWender does a ton of geek inspired jewelry, and gamer inspired engagement rings.

Trend 6: pear cuts

Vintage Black Rutilated Quartz engagement ring set from Etsy seller HelloRing

Are you kidding me with this vintage-styled Black Rutilated Quartz engagement ring set? Loving the pear shape, loving the curved band, loving that it’s under $700. Also, it’s available in opal:

Here’s a review of this unique engagement ring: “Eeee!! I seriously can’t say enough good things about my ring!! I literally love it so much. It is what I’ve always dreamed of being on my wedding ring finger from the love of my life. And seriously, it does look way more amazing in person! The way the light shines and brings out the colors in the opal and the way the moissanite shines is just so gorgeous. I fool people all the time now and get told “That must have cost a pretty penny” because of how exquisite it looks, but little do they know this was more affordable than the basic, boring diamond rings I was looking at in the middle of the mall! I’m just so so pleased.”

Trend 7: Celestial inspired engagement rings

Ok, this is actually a set from Michellia… a ring shaped like the big dipper ursa major constellation, that then stacks with one of their accent rings. Are you dying?? Look at how the set looks together:

They also make this mind-blower, which feels like an astral starburst:

This is the Astra ring from MichelliaFineJewelry

Did we miss your engagement ring? What 2021 ring trends are you loving? Drop a link in the comments!