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Our Favorite Wedding Technology Trends for 2014

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 27, 2013

By: Sarah Zlotnick 

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Photos (from left to right): Studio Moirae and Brittany Graham Photography

In today’s world of email, iPhones, and everything electronic, technology is helping brides and grooms make memories faster than ever–and it’s getting guests in on the fun. Getting married in 2014? Here’s our predictions for how technology will play a role at your wedding:

1. Wedding Websites–Gone Mobile! Sure, paper invitations are beautiful and all, but nowadays wedding websites are the first place guests will head when they’re looking for information about your big day. Luckily, they’re easier to make than ever! Check out our FallBook for a sneak peek at  our newly improved (and free to use!), wedding website tool, which will offer hundreds of fully customizable mobile- and table-friendly designs. Helping guests book hotels and register for gifts on the go will make the wedding experience more pleasant for everyone involved.

2. The Signature #Hashtag - Already a strong trend in 2013, the signature hashtag will become even more ubiquitous next year. Create one early, and be sure to place signs around your reception asking guests to tag their photos and tweets with it. Later on, you can use Storify to collect everything shared in one place.

3. Real Time Recaps -“Social” photo booth services such as Boothify collect photo booth snapshots alongside tweets and instagrams, then project them onto TV monitors or blank wall space. This idea is particularly fun for larger celebrations or reception spaces with multiple rooms, as it lets guests get in on the fun happening in every part of the party.

4. Collaborative Planning - Gone are the days of magazine tear sheets dutifully collected in binders–the search for wedding inspiration has moved almost completely online! While past years have seen brides-to-be collecting images on private Pinterest boards, 2014 will be the year of getting your family and wedding party directly in on the fun. Check out our sister site Project Wedding, which ingeniously allows multiple users to add images to and directly comment on inspiration boards.

5. Instant Status Updates - You’re married–time to let the world know! And some couples are opting to change their Facebook relationship statuses right on the altar, right after they say I do. Jury’s still out on how tasteful this actually is, so if you really can’t resist, it might be best to wait for a quiet moment between the ceremony and reception.

6. Homemade Videos - Producing a mini movie for your wedding might seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be–and couples are increasingly using them to dress up their wedding websites, tell their unique stories, or even produce something fun and light-hearted to play at their reception. Our video builder will walk you through the process step-by-step–simply choose a theme, upload your pictures, select a soundtrack, and you’re done!

7. Skyping In -Grandma can’t make it to your destination wedding? No worries–set her up with a Skype account or Google Hangout, place the computer close to where you’ll be saying your vows, and let her watch in real time. It won’t be exactly like she’s there, but she’ll be thankful to come close.

Our Favorite Wedding Entertainment Trends for 2014

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 24, 2013

If you’re looking to go beyond the traditional DJ and band entertainment, here’s what we’re predicting to see more of in 2014:

Slow Motion Photo Booths – This video sensation went viral at the end of August, and everyone’s been asking, “What’s a slow motion photo booth?” According to Super Frogs Saves Tokyo, they used a RED Epic camera that shot 160 frames per second! Now, that’s a lot of photos. Since the music is muted, be sure to have Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” playing in the background.

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Top 6 Couple Photos To Take On Your Wedding Day

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 21, 2013

Photographers will most likely concentrate on documenting the traditional milestones of your wedding day (i.e. getting-ready, walking down the aisle, first dance, and cake cutting), but be sure to add some fun with these creative shots you won’t want to miss:

1. First Look

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Photo: Marlon Taylor Photography

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Christopher & Andrew

June 15

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Q & A with the Couple:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

The natural setting. The park sits on the other side of the Oak Leaf bike trail. To get into the park, you have to walk through a tunnel—it’s like to shed the city and step into a wonderful natural setting. Also, the ceremony space sits right on the bank of the Milwaukee River with woods on the other side. It was just the perfect setting that we wanted.

Which details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. The “make your own s’mores” bar—this was put together by our caterer, Potawatomi Bingo Casino. It was a HUGE hit with our guests.
  2. Our wedding party transportation, Cream City Rickshaw. Such an awesome way to tour the city of Milwaukee! The drivers were very nice and friendly, so was the owner in planning the route and payments! The wedding party loved it because they were carted around and got a lot of compliments from passers-by when we were  riding through the Third Ward. For Andrew and I, we loved the time to be able to spend together and just talk about what had happened, what was about to happen and how happy we were.
  3. Our DJ. A friend of ours was our DJ, and we told him “no traditional wedding music.” We wanted to have a nightclub feel with the music to keep the party going until the very end. Needless to say, the dance floor was packed the entire night, and the reception venue turned on the lights at the end of the night and said, “that’s it! You guys need to leave.”

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Dancing down the center aisle to “Chasing the Sun” by The Wanted, holding hands, smiling ear to ear and knowing that we had just pledged ourselves to each other for the rest of our life. (And we are so thrilled that Brittany captured that moment in the photo!).

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