The wedding season is right around the corner, and one of this year’s wedding trends is a social media concierge who live tweets during the wedding or creates a wedding hashtag or blog. With my own wedding being less than five months away, I wanted to write a blog specifically focused on five ways brides can make their wedding day more trendy with digital media without a $3,000 price tag.
Create an interactive Website and mobile app
Sign up for www.appycouple.com and select from one of their pre-existing templates, or create your own at $50+ per design. The Website allows you to create a story about how you and your fiancé met, upload photos to a gallery, create an event with details about your ceremony and reception, add travel information for out-of-town guests and registry details, and even create customized games and guestbook. Best of all, guests will be able to access your Website via your very own free mobile app.
Live stream your wedding
For guests who are unable to attend the wedding due to illness or distance, you can live stream the big day via Google Hangout, Live Stream, or I Do Stream. All you need is a laptop, an HD camcorder, a tripod, and ideally some lavalier microphones.
Curate your guests’ photos with a wedding hashtag
Walking down the aisle these days is like walking down a runway with hundreds of paparazzi flashing lights in your face. So why not create a wedding hashtag to aggregate all of these photos across guests’ social profiles and create a beautiful keepsake? You can curate the guests’ photos into a photo book or a live display at the wedding. Sites such as www.pixabook.com or www.shutterfly.com can help you create a photo book while sites such as Eventstagram can help to create a slideshow of your guests’ Instagram photos of your big day.
Customize your cake toppers with a 3D scanner and printer
Thanks to companies such as Shapeways and Makerbot, 3D printing is becoming more and more mainstream. Last month, the Museum of Art & Design invited engaged couples to get their free 3D printed cake toppers, but if you didn’t make it, don’t fret! There are a number of different services such as Wedding Cake Topper Me or Design Anything 3D that can provide you with your very own 3D prototype.
Hide a camera in the bride’s wedding bouquet
Everyone is snapping photos of the bride and groom on their special day, but what about getting the feel of day from a bride’s perspective? That first person perspective can be captured with a barely noticeable camera like a Go Pro or Narrative Clip.