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Weddings and Technology

October 22, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Technology has infiltrated every aspect of our daily lives. Weddings are no different.

Mobile technology provides great opportunities to enhance and share your wedding day, at little or no cost to you. Social media, blogging, photosharing and more are all viable tools that you should consider integrating into your wedding plans.

But before you go overboard with your tech-savvy wedding, try to remember the more traditional guests likely to attend your event. Finding the perfect mix of trendy technology and old-fashioned approaches will ensure a great time for everyone.

VIRTUAL GUESTS

With families and friends spread out across the country, some guests will likely be unable to make it to your wedding. Luckily, many programs and software options exist for offering free, live video streams. Invite your guests to attend virtually through their webcam for a front-row viewing of the wedding and reception, if you choose. They don't even have to worry about traveling or dressing up.

TWITTER HASHTAG

Many receptions use large projection screens to display touching slideshows and videos. In the present world of Twitter hashtags becoming pronounced aspects of all large-scale events, you can hook your projection screen up to a laptop and display a live feed of your Twitter hashtag.

Notes of congratulations and well wishes in 140 characters or less will grace the screen throughout the reception.

PLANNING

Keeping track of your various plans, design ideas and financial responsibilities can be a tough task for any bride or groom. Luckily, you have access to a sea of mobile applications ready to help you stay organized. Checklists, to-do lists and journals are just a touch away in your preferred app store of choice. Many financial apps are also available to help you create and track your wedding budget. Some even come with alerts to let you know when you are approaching deadlines for paying the caterer, venue or photographer.

 
 

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