Despite being a millennia-old tradition, marriage is always evolving to keep up with contemporary values and institutions. Modern couples want their weddings to be exciting, tasteful, enjoyable for both the married couple and guests and of course, easier to plan. The process of wedding planning can be an overwhelming one, but thankfully, there are dozens of new technologies specifically designed to improve the process (or help you make your wedding unforgettable).
Wedding Technologies Worth Considering
These are just some of the ways engaged couples are using technology to improve their weddings (and wedding plans):
- Online Registries. First, you can use an online registry to save time both for you and your guests. Instead of going to a store or creating a registry manually, you can rely on an easily accessible website like Amazon, and create a digital list of items for your guests to peruse. You can easily edit your registry, review items in detail, and distribute the list however you want, making life easier for everyone involved.
- Wedding Website Builders. If you’re looking for an easy place to organize all your information and make it available for friends and family, you can use a simple website builder like Minted or The Knot to get the job done. If you’ve never built a website before, don’t worry—these sites use a simple WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor, so even amateurs can intuitively create the website they want. Update your website with pictures, event information, and maybe even the story of how you met.
- Live Streaming. No matter how carefully you plan, or how much you want your invitees to celebrate with you, there will be some people who just can’t make it. Thankfully, modern technology gives you an alternative option: live-streaming your wedding (or at least parts of it) so people who can’t be there in person get to see what you’re up to in real-time. There are a few easy ways to do this, including with live-streaming apps, and you can use a first-person perspective or set up stationary cameras to record the entire scene.
- Music Crowdsourcing. You can also let your party guests choose and mix the playlist (if you trust them). Apps like Jukestar allow guests to suggest songs for your playlist and vote on the ones already suggested. It takes the burden off making your own playlist or relying on a DJ and ensures that everyone is happy with the music that’s chosen.
- Smart Lighting. Everything looks better when it’s in the right lighting—which is why high-tech smart lighting makes your job easier and makes your wedding even more beautiful. You can remotely program your lights to intensify or dim throughout the night, change colors, and ultimately set the stage for whatever spectacles you have planned.
- 3D Printing. 3D printing may seem like an odd choice for a wedding, but it has a number of practical benefits. You can use 3D printing to custom design almost anything you can imagine, from table decorations to lavish displays. It’s also cheaper than any other manufacturing method, so if you plan on leaving party favors or trinkets for your guests to play with, it’s one of your most cost-effective options.
- Drone Photography. Drone photography is becoming more popular because it gives you a much higher and fuller perspective of what’s going on around you. If you want a more complete visual scene in your photos and videos, consider recruiting someone who specializes in this area. It might cost a little more, but you’ll have a much wider range of pictures to go through at the end of the wedding—plus, you’ll have the fun experience of seeing a flying robot hovering over your guests.
Balancing Cost And Convenience
Some of these technologies are made specifically to make your life easier, while others just add flair and substance to your celebration. Either way, you’ll probably pay at least a little extra for each of these high-tech additions. Think carefully about how you’d like to balance cost and convenience and try not to let your decision become more stressful than necessary.
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