Yes, my 10 months of wedding planning tasks, trials, and triumphs ended beautifully at the American Visionary Art Museum on October 16, 2011 in AVAM’s sculpture garden & barn. It’s still two weeks or so until the professional photos appear, but I am elated by the collection of videos and photos we’ve received. Oh, the power of mobile technology.
Weddings, like just about every other industry out there, are also embracing social and mobile technologies. Since I just went through the whole process myself, I thought I’d share a few tips. From the administrative side, I’ll share the tools that my husband and I found useful:
Wedding Wire – no surprise here! The website allows you to collect guest info, create table charts, manage your budget, and export every small detail into the document (excel, pdf, etc.) of your choice. A must if you’re planning your own wedding.
Website – there are many sites out there allowing you to create your own free wedding site with their suggested templates. Easy to create one, but for design freaks, your choices are limited. I created a website using Yola.com, one of my all-time favorite website creators for folks like me with little web design skill. It gives you multiple choic
es for page layouts, a plethora of widgets that are easy to add, and some really hip-looking templates. I first read about Yola.com in an issue of Entrepreneur Magazine and also host my personal portfolio site http://kyleecoffman.com there.
Mobile App— My website technically served as a mobile site for me, but I can’t help but think about the various uses of creating a mobile app with a push notification that could share your wedding program or an alert when the shuttles arrive– hello, cost savings on the printed paper front! A little ridiculous, especially if you have a large assortment of older guests or those that are less tech savvy at your event, but still fun to think about.
We also generated a QR code on the bottom corner of our save-the-date which directed guests to the website.
Geo-location – I did not create my own Foursquare space, but there were multiple check-ins at the American Visionary Art Museum on Foursquare and on Facebook.
Music – A friend of mine suggested the app Wedding Songs Planner which I honestly downloaded the week before my wedding, but didn’t get a chance to try. If you’ve used it or plan to, I’d love to hear some reviews on the app or any others for that matter.
Livestream – For guests with health issues or limited budgets who aren’t able to make the grand affair, you can always livestream via UStream or another service.
Twitter – There were some great tweets from a few guests, but the bridal party was way too busy to tweet on the day of. Would’ve been great to designate a hashtag for the event though and designate a “wedding tweeter” – especially for guests wanting to explore Baltimore and offer tips to other guests throughout the weekend.
My hubbie (yes, still exploring the word here) and I embark on our honeymoon tomorrow morning. I will reserve our early-morning cab via TaxiMagic tonight (love this app & #TaxiMagicNation) and we have all of our travel info in TripIt per usual. At some point, I will write all of my wedding reviews on Wedding Wire, Yelp, Facebook, etc. to thank all of our vendors for an incredible night. But for the next week, it’s all about Mexico…