10 Ways to Get Techie In Your Wedding Planning
Technology is now a huge part of our lives. We wake up in the morning to a customized alarm on our smartphone, and we fall asleep at night reading on an illuminated screen. The tech world is rapidly developing and with it our pace of life. It's hard enough for professionals to fit in a lunch break, let alone plan a wedding! Thankfully you can incorporate these gadgets to make wedding planning easier - from the initial planning stages to the Big Day.
Check out these gadgets and devices that will help you become the ultimate, tech-savvy 21st century bride!
Staying healthy is important leading up to your wedding day, for body and for mind. The Jawbone Up wristband takes a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle, tracking your movement and sleep in the background. The app then displays your data, lets your input meals and mood and delivers insights to keep you moving forward. You can set fitness goals, see how many calories you've burned throughout the day and there's even an Idle Alert to give you gentle reminders to stay moving. The sleep mode tracks your sleeping patterns and will wake you up at a time you feel most refreshed - ensuring a stress-free, well rested bride.
Waiting for people to respond to your wedding invitations? Get them to RSVP straight away with a QR code invitation. Putting one on your invitations means that guests can scan the code with their phones and be taken to a site with everything they need to know about your wedding - and more. You can take it to another level and have a post-wedding code so people can post photos and videos from the day in one place.
This digital music service gives you access to millions of songs and playlists. If a DJ is out of the budget, consider doing a little play-list creation and hooking your device up to speakers to get the party going. If this sounds like a bit of a chore, get your wedding party involved by asking them to contribute some tracks as Spotify users can exchange playlists. Aside from the big day, Spotify can accompany you with music to suit your mood throughout the wedding process, from driving around looking at venues to getting ready with your bridesmaids on the Big Day.
Forget toting around flimsy scraps of paper from bridal magazines. With a Kindle, you can make it easier for your or your wedding planner by having all your ideas in one place. What's more, you can catch up on your favourite authors or movies when you're taking a well deserved break to unwind - the Kindle can hold over 1,500 books. Essential for some beach reading during your honeymoon too!
The versatile, personal camera is becoming more and more popular at wedding ceremonies. From the bride who placed one in her bouquet to the guest that attached one to a bottle of whiskey at the reception, the possibilities are endless! Mount one on a selfie stick for some hilarious shots or pass it around amongst the guests and have your bad dance moves captured forever - a GroPro really is the best way to encapsulate your wedding from some unique angles.
LiveLens is an app that allows you to stream your event or video live to your followers and Facebook page. This is custom-made for friends and relatives who can't make it to the wedding, they can watch it from wherever in the world they may be, from any device, as it happens. You can capture every moment, right until the end with unlimited streaming and they can even chime in on proceedings by commenting and "liking" the video as it unfolds.
Chances are the majority of people at your wedding will own a smartphone, and if they do they'll use Instagram. Everyone Instagrams wedding nowadays, that’s how the land of the internet works! Better than any photo booth, Instaprint is a rentable device that pulls hashtagged photos and videos from Instragram and prints them then and there. They even impart branding on to the pictures, so you can have your own wedding logo as a watermark! Instaprint is a great way to enhance the experience for your guests and inspire them to capture the day.
Wedding pictures come in all shapes and sizes, from the professional masterpieces to the amateur iPhone pictures captured by the guests. After the wedding, how are you supposed to collect such an abundance of shots? Some will email them, put them on a CD, then there's Instagram and Facebook, making the whole process a pain. Wedpics is a unique app that that shows a stream of guests photos in real-time and also acts as a primary photo-sharing platform for the event. All the bride and groom has to do is set up and account to connect their friends and family to a private feed on the app, meaning all those precious memories are instantly in the one place.
Not everyone might be able to make it to your wedding, so why not stream it live so people can join the fun! You can stream your wedding live online with Ustream so guests that can't attend can still watch the ceremony and be a part of the special day.
A customized hashtag screams 21st century wedding. By sharing the official hashtag on invitations and programs you can encourage guests to tweet away, projecting them on to a screen at the reception as guests arrive or inside the venue. Websites like TweetWall Pro and Wedding Wall can moderate and project any well wishes live throughout the event, making for an interactive, lively wedding! Perfect for any Twitter aficionados on the guest list.