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But knowing this is only useful if you have something that ties it together.

All major social networks now have a way of doing just that with hashtags.

You’ll probably have seen these used in your travels online, and it’s usually a word or phrase with a “#” preceding it. In use, you just write or post your update — images, text, whatever — and somewhere in the update, include the hashtag.

From the social network’s point of view, a hashtag is basically a conversation topic, and anything posted using this specific phrase will be linked up using the topic, so when your parents or friends post using the hashtag #techsavvywedding (which we’re not using, but you certainly could), it will all be linked when you search for that hashtag.

Find it on Twitter and you’ll see tweets, do it on Instagram and you’ll see the photos where the hashtag is used, and check it out on Facebook and any Facebook post made referencing that hashtag will be shown.

The webpage for our wedding collected entries on Twitter and Instagram for our hashtag and displayed them so people can see.

While it’s not necessary to have a hashtag, it will certainly make finding social posts from friends, family, and anyone else much more easy than searching through their profile line by line.

Registering a hashtag is easy: you simply conceive a name and start posting using it. You can look at the word or phrase by searching for it on various networks, seeing if it’s clear, or not worrying about it to begin with because anyone can use a hashtag if they so choose, even if they’re unfamiliar with why you’re using it.

That’s the unfortunate thing about a hashtag: while it can be useful for tying topics and posts together, if another person decided to use it for their own purposes, there’s not much you can do to stop them.

But if you make your hashtag so unusual that it’s not likely to be thought up by anyone else, you limit that chance of happening. You really do.

Thinking in three dimensions

When we were scouting the venue out, one of the people coordinating with us asked me if I wanted the DWG.

Surprised I was even offered, I eagerly accepted, because the moment I was asked, I realised what I could do.

So for those who have no idea, a DWG is a filetype for an architectural plan, with the three-letter initialise translating to AutoCAD drawing, an export format from a major architectural application.

Now you don’t need to be an AutoCAD expert to use this, so let’s get that out of the way to begin with. This writer is a journalist, and while he has some experience with architectural applications such as Revit, you don’t need to be a designer of buildings to know how to use this file.