We use technology for everything: work, school, dating, entertainment, and weddings. That’s right: Using the UK as an example, in 2017, according to Statista, almost half of the respondents claimed to have used online tools to prepare for their dream wedding. The trend steadily grew ever since, and in 2020, it’s evolved into a new wave of wedding planning.
With the move to a more online way of life, couples are looking for new ways to make their wedding come true. If you want to incorporate modern features into your big day, here are five tech ideas you can take to the drawing board.
Sending tangible invitations is a charming tradition that won’t go away any time soon, but wedding websites are becoming the new norm. Having your platform allows you to send and track digital RSVPs, add fun features such as countdowns and wishlists, and convey additional information that’ll be essential for your special day.
A blog post on www.clickintelligence.co recommends applying content marketing strategies that could see your wedding website grow just like any online domain. You don’t have to be a coding wizard to follow these content creation tips and tricks:
- Keep your key details, such as date, time, and venue, up-to-date.
- Use personalized hashtags to make it easier for your friends and family to find you on social media.
- Add a contact form and directions from Google Maps
- Consider a wedding website builder that comes with templates, tools, and additional features.
There’s a laundry list of steps that go into planning for a wedding. From budgeting to appointments, it’s easy to lose track or become overwhelmed. Why not gather and organize all of your tasks in one place?
Jeffra Trumpower, Senior Creative Director at WeddingWire, explains, “… digital planning resources ensure couples can tackle planning necessities efficiently without needing to leave their homes.” Benefits of an online wedding planner include:
- 24-hour mobile access
- Streamlining processes
- Tracking and prioritizing tasks all in one place
- Keeping everyone on the same page
- Allowing the registrant to delegate tasks and collaborate with other
It doesn’t matter if you hire the best photographer in town; there’s always a family member that insists on taking out their phone and capturing everything – including themselves. Snapchat geofilters is a straightforward and inexpensive way to personalize all the selfies guests take on your big day.
“When we plan a celebration, we always try to incorporate an element of surprise or awe that is focused on the couple and their likes,” said Jeannette Tavares of Evoke Design & Creative. The customized lens and filter features are exclusive to Snapchat, but it’s a unique and modern twist to any event. Let your guests know so they can download the app ahead of time.
Guests may not be able to attend due to the pandemic, work, or other reasons. Whether you can’t hold a large event due to local restrictions, or your guests can’t make an appearance, you can broadcast a live stream. Social media networks and video-sharing tools like Skype, Zoom, or Facebook allow you to share your special moments with a greater number of participants.
If you’re not the most tech-savvy person out there, no problem. Here are a few key points to consider if you wish to broadcast your live event:
- Be aware of the limit of minutes and viewers any given streaming platform allows. For instance, Facebook and Youtube offer unlimited viewers, whereas Apple FaceTime only allows up to 32 participants.
- Check your privacy settings before live streaming on social media. You can make it public or restrict it to friends only.
- Some wedding companies, such as Joy, Wedfuly, and EventLive, come with their own streaming service.
Whether you’re working with professionals or taking the DIY route, there are countless services and tools available online. There’s no shame in digitizing your once-in-a-lifetime event – the more time and headache you save yourself, the better!