Now more than ever, online technology is helping couples create their dream wedding day. Here are eight super savvy ways to get your geek on
Excel spreadsheets have long been wedding-planning staples. ‘The guest list turns into the RSVP list, the special dietary requirements list, the seating plan and the thank-you list,’ says wedding planner Gayle Garmaz of Exquisite Weddings.
Whenever there’s a question, it appears Google has an answer, and tech-savvy wedding planning is so exception. Google’s comprehensive wedding-planning site google.com/weddings includes a suite of tools – Google Sites where you can create your on wedding website, Google Docs for organising all the details of your day (budgets, schedules and so on), Picnik for editing your photos and creating save-the-date cards, and Picassa Web Albums for sharing your engagement, wedding and honeymoon photos with family and friends.
Assembling your big-day team? Head to social media channels (Facebook, blogs, Flickr and Twitter feeds), which often showcase the most current work of vendors – these sites are also a great source of customer feedback.
Introduce your guests prior to the big day through specialised wedding-planning websites, such as onewed.com, which allow couples to create their own invitation-only wedding sites for sharing information about their impending nuptials. Guests can also mix and mingle by posting comments, uploading photos and checking out the rest of the guest list (a handy feature for any singles!)
If you want your wedding to be celebrated with short and sweet 140-character post, then encourage guests to tweet about it using a unique hashtag on Twitter. Display the hashtag on your wedding website, invitations, place cards or programmes so guests can tweet their well wishes, tributes, favourite photos and memorable moments. Ask a tech-savvy friend to compile the tweets so a selection can be read out during speeches.
For a web-savvy spin on disposable cameras, provide guests with a simple URL to your chosen photo-sharing platform. By setting up a shared Flickr account, for example, you and your guests can upload photos taken before, during and after your wedding for all to see.
Look to the web for help compiling your playlist – the iPhone app Fun Wedding gives you access to music charts that are updated monthly from millions of actual song requests at wedding receptions around the world. If you are creating your own playlist, be sure to test your device with your venue’s sound system prior to your reception, and make sure you have a backup device, charger and extra chords.
Broadcast your wedding live to overseas friends and family using a live online video streaming service such as Ustream. Live streaming allows absent loved ones to enjoy those special unedited moments of your wedding from afar in real time, so they feel like they’re right there with you.