Gone are the days of pen and paper to plan weddings, or at least for me that is. Don’t get me wrong. I still love to sketch and sometimes I’ll go sticky note crazy if I have a quick thought I need to get down, but ultimately I and other planners and brides are taking advantage of technology and apps that improve the wedding planning experience. Below are three frequently asked questions I’ve gotten on wedding industry technology. If you’d like to know more, simply email me or leave a comment. Cheers!
How has technology evolved the wedding industry and wedding experience?
Technology has pushed the wedding industry forward by leaps and bounds. The DIY bride can find tutorials on YouTube, the bride seeking inspiration goes to Pinterest and the budget conscious bride tracks spending using apps. Industry professionals can extend their reach using video conferencing and virtual offices to conduct business and can increase productivity with management systems that reduce redundancies and keep information safe in the "cloud". In my opinion apps have improved the wedding industry, but it is still the professionals’ responsibility to educate couples along the way. One form of education is sharing the realities of cost in relation to the pretty images that are being pinned to boards or training them to use products to create a better service and planning experience.
What apps are changing the game for the planning of a wedding or the day of experience?
Photo Gathering App - Often times during weddings the couple will miss the majority of the moments going on. The photographer expertly captures the beautiful moments the couple will reflect on, however for a quick glimpse of what's going on. I'd recommend a photo gathering app like wedbox or ceremony! Guests can simple upload there pictures to your wedding hub and you can view them immediately. This is great for the couple that may not want everything on social media or don't want to rely on guests using their hashtag when posting. You even have options to get prints from the app.
Registry & Planning Apps - Big name wedding websites like the Knot, Wedding Wire and Zola now have apps where you can manage your registry, wedding website and even guest list. These are quick and resourceful ways to have your information in one place and literally in the palm of your hand at any given moment. Updates are quick and easy so it's a huge plus for planning couples.
How have brides and grooms upped the wedding must-haves by using tech, such as virtual reality, etc. on their big day?
Brides and grooms can now have a virtual reality experience of their wedding right in my office or their living room. Planning features that I use as a wedding planner like All Seated allows me to do wedding layouts with details down to the napkin color. With VR Goggles couples can walk through their ceremony and reception spaces and truly get a feel for what they can expect. This is a game changer for couples who may be planning a destination wedding or are busy traveling. Trouble shooting items for flow or compliance can result in an overall enhanced guest experience.