By: Sarah Zlotnick
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.