By: Sarah Zlotnick
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.
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.
Our third favorite summer color scheme — blue and white! This inspiration board is fit for a modern bride who wants to incorporate art deco patterns into her stationery thanks to her sapphire emerald cut engagement ring. Who says you can’t be the only one wearing white? Since you’ll be wearing a Grecian goddess wedding dress, keep it casual and ask your bridesmaids to wear long chiffon dresses with strappy gladiator sandals. Choose a bouquet filled with peonies, dusty miller, and silver brunia balls and a blue tie along with a matching boutonniere for your groom’s attire and lapel, respectively. Don’t forget to pick a monogrammed cake that is almost too pretty to eat. Almost!
Photos (clockwise from top left): Robyn Thompson Photography, Jen Huang Photography, Dear Wesleyann, Anna Page Photography, Jose Villa Photography, Punam Beam Photography, Studio Moirae, Nami Dadlani Photography, and Minted
What was your color scheme? Let us know in the comments below!
Categories: Ideas + Trends, Inspiration Boards
Tags: anna page photography, blue color schemes, dear wesleyann, Jen Huang Photography, jose villa photography, Minted, nami dadlani photography, punam beam photography, robyn thompson photography, Studio Moirae, summer color schemes, white color schemes
Jane & Dean
Q & A with the Bride:
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
We love the Duce, we would go there for weekend brunch often and our photographers suggested we look into it for our wedding. Since several of our guests would be traveling to our wedding we liked that we could share one of our little downtown Phoenix jewels! It was so us and my husband-to-be was so incredibly excited, I loved that he was invested in the decision. The appeal of it being different than your standard hotel ballroom was a big part of it too.
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
My dress that my talented friend, Tara Ballantyne, Interior and Food Stylist out of Toronto, Ontario created rosettes out of my great grandmother’s hairpin lace that was over 100 years old, it added such a personal touch to my new dress, and was such an heirloom, my mother had also used the lace at her wedding.
The spin we took on the Duce’s bus Old School with the wedding party after the ceremony and before the reception, it was so fun riding around downtown, just relaxing, and celebrating any stress just melted away! Studio Moirae go amazing location shots with the sun going down!
The ceremony decorations, we didn’t need much since the Duce is amazing all by itself, but my mom and maid of honor dried and arranged hydrangeas from my mom’s garden in Minnesota where I grew up, they looked amazing and it was a little bit of Minnesota in my Arizona wedding, also the flags added so much, they were favors, a send off, table numbers and several of my friends still have them.
If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
Take the time to make it you! it doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, if you love it everyone will. Let your wedding be a reflection of your life and love with your future husband/ wife and share that with your friends and family!
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
When we came around the corner after the ceremony to be announced as husband and wife, to see all of our family and friends waving the flags I had made and realizing it had turned out just as I had hoped and how incredibly perfect the day was…and the party hadn’t even started yet!
Jenna & Brian
Q & A with the Bride:
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
The view of Camelback Mountain, which is where we were engaged on the top! I loved the Moroccan feel and romantic style throughout the resort.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. Dinner on the lawn of Camelback Villa
2. Gorgeous candlelit aisle at the ceremony
3. New York style lounge decor and dance reception
3. If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what woud it be?
Enjoy every moment, including the detail planning. Make it a special time for all who attend and let your love show through every last detail.
4. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about.
When the bell rang, and the doors opened, I saw my groom smiling at me! Having my Dad on one side and Brian on the other gave me a security and feeling of overwhelming love.