Everything is digital these days. The average person of marriageable age is more likely to be a techno geek, or at least an avid FB fan, than not, and subsequently almost all of your friends are too. Besides, going ‘live’ with your wedding, in whatever form, means that those who can’t make it can still experience some of your wedding wherever they are.
Bottom line is, it’s cheaper. But how can you use the internet in such a way that you benefit from it, without its becoming a LOT more work? Here is a list of ways in which the ‘net easily functions as your best wedding tool:
Email your invites:
Nothing could be simpler than putting together your ‘save the date’ in something like MS Publisher, using a photograph or something similar, and then emailing it to friends and family. For those who aren’t on email, make an exception and slow mail your design.
Set up a wedding page on Facebook:
This is great way to get others involved, as well as to answer any questions from your prospective guests. It’s free and as easy as 1,2,3. It’s a wonderful way for you to keep everyone up to date with what’s happening, and you can invite all of your friends and theirs. Great to give blow-by-blow ‘comments’ from your Blackberry.
Set up a blog page:
If you are not that keen on social media, then opt instead for a wedding blog, where your friends can comment too, but at least there won’t be any ‘uninvited’ guests. There are numerous free blog sites, such as WordPress, and it takes very little time to set up. If you want a more professional look, get one of your geek friends involved. On the blog you can also provide the background to how you met, early pics of the two of you, any practical info your guests may need, directions to the venue, and a space for them to RSVP online.
Stream your wedding:
This is more technically challenging, but not impossible. It’s also only worth doing if a large number of your friends and family won’t be able to make it, or if you’re planning to elope. There is free software, like ustream.tv that is easy to use and has Twitter capabilities. You will also need a computer and a ‘streaming’ camera, like the Logitech QuickCam Ultra Vision SE Webcam. Use search engines to explore your options.
Or simply add a video to YouTube:
Conversely, upload snippets of your wedding video to YouTube.
Happy Wedding Planning!