Hey there, brides & grooms-to-be! We are so excited to bring you another blog post to help guide you with wedding planning. The topic of wedding technology has been on our minds lately, and all of the awesome ways you can use it as you plan your wedding, and at the event itself. If you're curious about this as well, here are 5 ways that you can use technology for your wedding.
Wedding websites are one of our favorite things; we love them so much that we even include wedding website setup & management as part of our partial and full-service planning packages. The things that we love about wedding websites are that they:
- Make it easy to share travel information (hotel & rental car info, things to do, etc.) with guests
- Give you a platform to share information about yourselves, your love story, and your bridal party
- Give you a place to share information that won't fit or shouldn't be shared on the invitation
Some places to create a wedding website are The Knot, WeddingWire, or Minted.
Digital invitations are a great way to design something super stylish without having to spend a ton of money. Here are some more reasons that we are all about digital invitations:
- They're eco-friendly, which we LOVE
- Most digital invitation systems allow you to not only send the invitations, but also to track guest responses
- They save time, energy, and $$$. By going digital you'll save money on the invites themselves, you'll save yourself from having to address the invitations, and you'll save a trip to the post office, as well as the postage.
Some digital invitations options are Paperless Post, Greenvelope, and Glo.
Photo-sharing apps are a fun way to collect your guest photos. We always recommend hiring a professional photographer so that you will have high-quality images of the moments that matter most, but photo-sharing apps are a great way to gather those fun, candid shots from guests that you may not have seen otherwise. And, if you really wanted to, some apps even allow you to display the photos being taken live at the event, and also to order an album with all of the images after the event.
Some great photo-sharing apps are WedPics, Capsule, Evernap, and of course, Instagram. Check out WeddingWire's Hashtag Generator to create a hashtag for your wedding!
(Side note: Even if you do use one of these photo-sharing apps, we always recommend having an unplugged ceremony. This means that you're asking guests to put their phones and cameras down, and be fully present when you say "I do".)
The idea of live-streaming your wedding for family and friends who can't physically be at your wedding is really amazing, in our opinion. We've only had one wedding do this so far, and it was for the ceremony only, but it seemed to go really well. From what we've read there are several ways to go about this, and different services that you can use. In every case, of course, you're going to need a really good wireless internet connection. Some of the options we've read about for this are I Do Stream, Livestream, and Ustream.
We firmly believe that a wedding film is one of the best investments you can make for your wedding day. The day goes by so fast, and there are many things that you might miss. While a wedding film won't catch every single moment, it will give you something that you can watch and cherish for years, long after the wedding day has passed.
They've been around for a while, but we thought that photo booths were still worth adding to this list because they're so fun, and there are different ways to go about having one. You can have an actual booth that people go into, have a great backdrop made and use an instant print camera, or even have a selfie station. We have had lots of clients have some type of photo booth at their wedding, and guests (and the couple!) always have a blast. Many couples have even had the photo booth photos serve as the guestbook!
We hope that we've given you some good ideas about how you can use technology as part of your wedding day, and we'd love to hear from you about your plans for your event!