When you get engaged and start planning your wedding, you learn pretty quickly that anything wedding-planning related that is easy and a timesaver is worth doing. Luckily, there are tons of different tech services and products that can actually make parts of your wedding journey a breeze. From sending your wedding invitations to coordinating easily with your girls on bridesmaids dresses, using the newest wed-tech services have the potential to take a lot of stress out of planning your big day. Here are 5 of our favorite ways to use technology for your wedding, and the best services that can help you cut down on planning time.
1. Sending invitations — kiss paper cuts and pesky postage goodbye!
While picking out gorgeous stationery is probably only going to be something you’ll do a couple times in your life, it’s actually not as fun as it looks. Many brides feel that they end up spending way more time and money on invitations than necessary. To save on postage, paper, and the time it takes to address every envelope, try sending digital invitations. We know, there’s a stigma of online invites being tacky or cheap looking. That’s why we love Paperless Post — it’s an awesome online service with tons of professional and well-designed online invitations. Their selection is huge, so you’ll be sure to find something you love that reflects your special day. Simply click, order, and send — or order their affordable paper invitations if you simply have to have a card in the mail.
2. Collecting photos and sharing info with an app
With all the different photo sharing apps and social media platforms out there, it’s nearly impossible for a couple to never see the photos their guests take at their wedding. Whether their guests are posting their photos to Facebook or uploading them to Instagram, the number of photos captured per wedding by guests is skyrocketing — and couples want to make sure they can collect every image from their special day! For those of you who are wary of having your photos on mainstream social media networks, or are just looking for an easy way to collect all the photos in one place, consider setting up a wedding app for yourself. Wedding Party (yes, shameless plug here) is a great and free option for couples looking to give their guests a fun social experience and reap the benefits of having all their photos in one place afterwards.
3. Finding your perfect wedding style
The internet age has truly liberated brides from being limited to the bridesmaids styles in their local bridal shops. With Pinterest and the myriad of wedding blogs taking over the web, the ideas and options for your bridesmaids dresses are nearly endless! To select bridesmaids dresses that you’re truly happy with in a timely manner, your first stop is Pinterest. Create a board that inspires you, and then stop on over to one-stop bridal boutique like Weddington Way for an amazing selection of colors, styles, and sizes for your bridesmaids. You can get all your bridesmaids to join in on the fun and have them help you pick the perfect dresses in your own online showroom — it’s perfect for allowing everyone to give their input, without worrying about getting everyone together for hours of dress fittings.
4. Travel really really conveniently with awesome travel apps
Traveling is most times a rather painful experience, but it doesn’t have to be. I mean, come on people — it’s 2013. This means there are tons of great and simple apps out there that can make finding venues, lodging, and flights for all your wedding related travels really insanely easy. If you haven’t already, download these apps to make your travel planning and booking experience really easy: Hipmunk (for flights with minimal layovers), Airbnb (for affordable and luxe vacation rentals), and Hotel Tonight (for booking last minute hotel rooms). After you download these apps, tell all your guests about them and have them download them too, especially the out-of-towners.
5. Really unique and easy registries
Creating a wedding registry is one of those things you always hear about newlyweds doing, but you never really have a clue what it entails or how to actually set up a registry. (“Umm, I don’t know, I just thought I would walk into Crate and Barrel, right?”) Luckily, you can now create a registry with a few clicks. And, you can create a really unique registry full of things that are a little more interesting than a set of linens from Macy’s. Our favorite service for a 2.0 wedding registry is Newlywish. Newlywish lets you compile a registry of more traditional household items, and has their site divided into different boutiques and styles so you can find the items that fit your tastes really easily.
So there you have it: our 5 favorite ways to use tech for your wedding day. While you may need to warm up to the idea of sending paperless wedding invites or booking your wedding venue on Airbnb, don’t rule them out — it’s worth it to learn about these services and products, because they have great potential to not only simplify your wedding planning, but make it an exciting and unique experience you’ll never forget.
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