Are you planning your wedding and searching for the latest and greatest technology? Wedding planning can be made simpler with the use of new tools and allow you to stay connected to vendors and guests. Here are some ways you can ease stress and frustrations of planning through the use of technology.
1. Create a Hashtag and tell your guests to tag photos with it.
Although the wedding photographer will have some great shots, it is great to see the photos your friends and relatives captured. Create a hashtag (example JenandRickWedding2014) and put them on cards. Pass them out to guests so they know to hashtag their wedding photos. After your big day is over, you can type in the hashtag on twitter or instagram, or other social media you use and view the photos all together in one place!
2. Create a mobile wedding app.
Creating a website for your wedding using free software can be a way to reach your guests with ease. You can even invite your guests on your phone without mailing a single invite. Although you may want to send out paper invitations, mobile apps such as YAPP (www.yapp.us) can allow you to stay more connected. You can create a guest list, make a digital invitation and share with friends, share the event on social media, and add your own photos. Your guests can even use the app to get driving directions to your ceremony.
3. Use a mobile app to plan.
Wedding planning apps such as Wedding Wire allow you to access every aspect of planning at one place. You can view your budget, keep track of guests, create inspiration boards, view your vendors and even keep an organized checklist. Wedding planning apps can help you stay organized and make sure you are on track.
4. Stream your wedding.
If you have friends or family who cannot attend your wedding, one way to make them feel like they are a part of your big day is to create a live stream of your wedding. They can watch you say “I do’s” from wherever they are. There are many websites out there that you can use to create a live stream.
5. Create a digital guest book.
Rather than having guests sign a guest book, have them record a video message to the bride and groom. Video messages from your friends and family can be a more personal type of memorabilia than a written guest book.
6. Create an online registry.
You can create online registries with ease using websites such as my registry (www.myregistry.com). You can browse and add gifts with ease on your computer or smartphone. When you are finished, you can share your registry website on social media or your wedding website!
Written by: Victoria Martin, Marketing/Communications Journalist Intern