Technology has made wedding planning even easier with online apps, tools and websites. But, it’s not just limited to the planning stage. Many couples are using technology to share their wedding moments as they happen with their guests and the online world. Devices like iPads, smart phones and digital cameras are also adding an interactive touch. We’ve compiled 10 of the neatest ways to add technology to your wedding:
1. Stream your wedding live
Skype is a great way to connect with people across the world for cheap. If a loved one can’t make it to the wedding, video call them or have them watch the proceedings online. Many destination-wedding venues also have streaming video capabilities, so you can broadcast your wedding online.
2. Planning apps and websites
Forget excel spreadsheets. There are hundreds of apps out there for download that will let you organize, plan and gather inspiration. From budget tools to music playlist creators to seating charts, you can keep all of your wedding info at your fingertips. One of our favourite online inspiration sites, pinterest.com, lets you “pin” ideas and add them to themed “boards.”
3. QR code invitations
Instead of waiting weeks for an R.S.V.P, let your guests respond instantly with a QR code invitation. QR codes–short for “quick response”–are barcodes that store data and can be read by cell phones. Having one on your invitation can instantly direct guests to your wedding website, maps, directions and even add the date to their calendar. Add a QR code to table number cards and let guests browse online photo albums or videos.
4. Posting your wedding in real time
Instead of turning off their phones during the proceedings, many couples are choosing to keep them on and sometimes use them during the wedding. Some couples have even changed their facebook statuses right at the altar. Others update throughout the day with Twitter or let guests update using a wedding day “hashtag.” A new trend in weddings is designating someone a “tweet of honour” who can post in real time throughout the day.
5. Using iPads
In Denver, Colorado, a bridesmaid couldn’t make it to her best friend’s wedding, so a groomsmen “carried” her down the aisle via an iPad. She got to be a part of the ceremony and even mingle with guests 1,600 miles away. Consider having a “social media” station set up with multiple devices, so guests can update and connect online or use an iPad to display photos or videos at your guest book table. One couple used iPads at the altar to read off their wedding vows.
6. Instant photos with Photobooths
The newest trend in photo booths is instant photos. Vancouver-based Flipbooks offers each guest a photo flipbook of their photo booth pictures, which are printed out in less than a minute. Many other photo booth services offer instant Polaroids or printouts as a keepsake for your guests.
7. Digital guest books
One digital service, Thrilled for You, lets you download a kiosk software program on your computer to let guests record personal wishes. You can also rent a video booth, similar to a photo booth, so guests can record personal messages. Some companies will even compile the raw videos into a montage DVD. Camerarenter.comsends you a box of digital cameras, then compiles all of the photos and videos onto a sharing website.
8. Digital frames
Digital frames are a neat way to display photos at your guestbook table. Companies like 3D Wedding.org can can even create a digital 3D album of your wedding.