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As most people have smartphones worldwide, a Facebook account, email and are somewhat connected via Whatsapp – it is quite obvious to see how and why digital has morphed itself into being a part of weddings. Some may often look at it as a negative, perhaps replacing the human element and direct contact face to face or via the phone, but we think with some simple rules you can strike a balance and find something that is suitable for you to work with.
Invitations / Save the dates
There is something super personal about sending out special chosen craft paper with typography of your choice, outlining the details of your up and coming wedding. Though, emails can work just effectively and can also be stylised and personalised so set the tone of your wedding. Not only do you have to try and get the physical addresses of all the guests that you want to invite, but they receive it in an instant. You can opt for creating a PDF file yourself or simply go to website such as Paperless Post and Greenvelope, where you can create an invitation and add your very own images and details.
If you are working with a wedding planner for your ceremony and are balancing this with work, among other things – the idea of going back and fourth about your wedding might pose tiresome. In this case a wedding website is a practical and cost-effective option, as website platforms such as Tumblr, The Knot and WordPress let you create your very own websites. If you want to personalise the URL e.g. jenniferandwei.com, you will need to go ahead and buy hosting from a domain website such as Go Daddy.
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A website is particularly useful when managing destination weddings and helps centralise all communications. On some websites you can even give people the option to interact, giving people the chance to know each other before the big day. We have had guests share important details such as; the flights pre ceremony, airport information, places to stay,what to do in the area and of course the “love story”.
Social Media Etiquette
Whether you’re a social media junkie or don’t even have an account – it is your wedding so it is up for you to establish some rules, if you don’t want pictures or any other details about your day being spilt online. Some people email beforehand, and outline that although they understand that everyone is excited, they’d prefer that you refrain from using smartphones during the reception and simply join in instead. Others might thrive at the opportunity of having all of their friends and family posting pictures, that might otherwise be hard to get to see, and create a unique hashtag for their wedding. For example, using the hasthag #jenniferandbriancole on channels like instagram, so that whenever you search that hashtag, you can see all of the photos posted by those that attended. Either way, it is for you to let others know.
Pinterest an online pinboard, has transformed the way in which women in particular, plan their weddings. More often than not, inspiration is posted allowing brides to be have a very clear way to present initial concepts, thoughts and ideas. Let’s face it, not everyone is the best at expressing their wants and desires, concepts and thoughts, so we think this makes a great starting point in some cases. See PearlSandals board by visiting www.pinterest.com/pearlsandals
Photo Sharing Account
Placing disposable cameras on each guest table is a thing of the past as most of your guests will be snapping photos with their digital cameras or smartphones. Instead create an account on a photo-sharing site, like Flickr or Shutterfly for your guests to upload their wedding pictures to share with you. Make cards with the account username and password and put a few on each table, so guests can take them home, log in to the account, and post their wedding pictures from your big day!
Stream Your Wedding
If you choose to have a destination wedding, or even if some important people in your life can’t make the trip to attend your nuptials, Mashable suggests streaming the festivities so they can still be a part of your big day.
Pearlsandals is a Barcelona wedding and events planning company dedicated to creating special moments in Catalonia for Swedish, Russian, German, French, Spanish, Catalan and English speaking couples.