Articles In The 'Wedding Tech' Category

April 12, 2017

Wedding Technology

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After the life-changing proposal and eagerly waiting for the moment you say I do, the between stretch comes with a lot of decisions, planning, and a timeline of responsibilities to be completed. In a whirlwind of overwhelming emotion, excitement, and anticipation, it may be hard to sit down and focus on the planning aspect. We live in a world where we have access to so many amazing technological resources right at our fingertips, and the wedding industry is jumping in with both feet! With so many amazing planning, inspiring, budgeting and shopping options for your wedding, why not take advantage of all the online resources and help make your preparation easier? We’ve picked some of our favorite and most helpful websites, apps, and tips to ease the process and make your wedding a fun, enjoyable task from start to finish!

 

All Things Wedding

The Knot is the nation’s largest source for wedding news and inspiration. This site is your one-stop shop for all things wedding, providing information on local vendors, wedding websites, registry platforms, guest list manager tools, checklists, budgeting device, inspiration photos, along with general wedding day tips and advice. It is a great resource and can be very helpful for many planning processes.

 

Wedding Wire is the easiest way to find local wedding vendors. It provides locations and suggestions for wedding venues, cakes, dresses, invitations and more. Their venue and vendor database has more than 200,000 local listings and 2.5 million reviews by real brides. Wedding Wire also provides fun and creative tools like hashtag generators, color palette creators, and help with guest rooms for wedding nights. They have many assets that are both fun and useful for brides all over the country.

 

The Wedding Wire - Venue Search Engine

The Wedding Wire – Venue Search Engine

 

Creating Your Wedding Website

Appy Couple is for the tech savvy and innovative couples that want an efficient and elegant platform to display their wedding information. This program not only can assist in creating your site, but you can also design your very own app too! Settings are customizable and allow the couple to filter certain event updates and information for specific groups; this can include guests for the bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner and bridal parties, for example. Sharing photos, shopping the registry, finding travel and hotel details, and RSVPs has never been simpler for you and your guests.

 

Appy Couple - Customized Wedding App and Website - via Snippet and Ink.com

Appy Couple – Customized Wedding App and Website – via Snippet and Ink.com

 

Riley and Grey is the place for style-fanatic, design-minded couples to create their beautiful wedding websites in an efficient manner. Stay organized with tabs of all sorts, including bridal party bios and other options such as tips on where to stay, eat, and drink near your wedding venue. Modern templates are updated every month to keep things fresh and trendy.

 

Riley and Grey -Wedding Websites -via Bridal Musings.com

Riley and Grey -Wedding Websites -via Bridal Musings.com

 

Don’t forget to have fun while creating your wedding website! Share your personality, take care of your guests, and bring a little logic to all the logistics with Riley & Grey’s easy-to-use, easy-to-customize, and easy-to-love websites.

For Style Inspiration (When Pinterest just isn’t enough)

Loverly, along with having a built-in virtual wedding planner, is the perfect site for all things wedding-inspired. Find inspiration for beauty, bouquets, cakes, decor, dresses, engagement shoots, rings, food and drinks. You can also be inspired to add your own personal touch on the classic wedding ceremony by relating to other brides with similar interests and beliefs. This can include the bride and groom’s positions or vow ideas during the ceremony. Maybe finding new ideas for bridesmaids or creative flower girl baskets. Search Loverly by endless categories, including theme, style, and location to find what makes your heart full of joy.

 

Loverly - Wedding Planning & Ideas - Tech Insider - via Business Insider.com

Loverly – Wedding Planning & Ideas – Tech Insider – via Business Insider.com

 

Style Me Pretty is the style savvy wedding resource devoted to the modern bride’s journey down the altar. Style Me Pretty features hundreds of real weddings of all themes, designs, decors and locations. It’s a super exciting way to see what is happening out there in the wedding world, and a helping hand from bride to bride by offering details of personal weddings. Not only does it provide tons of real weddings picture inspiration, but it also offers vendor recommendations and style inspiration. Helpful articles, style tips, DIY projects, seasonal wedding trends and much more are a few of the reasons we love Style Me Pretty!

 

Style Me Pretty - Logo - via The Garter Girl.com

Style Me Pretty – Logo – via The Garter Girl.com

 

Venue Shopping

Wedding Spot is the first online site that allows you to search, price out, and compare wedding venues in your preferred location and venue types of your choice. There are so many components that go into finding the perfect wedding venue. Wedding Spot allows you to sort by location, concise cost breakdowns, style, guest capacity, a full list of amenities, and a detailed description of the type of setting you’ll get. It’s a great tool to use when beginning the venue shopping process and can greatly help you sort out your venue options.

 

Aretsky's Patroon Townhouse Wedding - Venue Search - via Wedding-Spot.com

Aretsky’s Patroon Townhouse Wedding – Venue Search – via Wedding-Spot.com

 

EVENTup is the great choice when it comes to finding the hidden gems of wedding venues. Along with the traditional venue options, you can search and choose from tons of warehouses, lofts, art galleries and any other outside-the-box places that are now frequently used as event spaces for wedding ceremonies and receptions. All venues are broken down by cost, amenities, and location for easy comparison! This is a great tool for our non-traditional brides and it is a fun way to discover more about the city you love.

 

Eventup - Venue Search Engine - via Gigaom.com

Eventup – Venue Search Engine – via Gigaom.com

 

Wedding Invitations

Minted is a unique company that works with independent artists and uses technology to allow consumers to discover great creative talent that they may not find elsewhere. Artists can learn, gain exposure, and build their businesses by offering ready-made invites, save-the-dates, ceremony programs, escort cards, and more. Templates can be customized, down to the card size and paper stock. This is a great resource for one-of-a-kind stationery and can play into your theme and wedding day design.

Basic Invite is a completely customizable and unique technology that provides couples with limitless options to instantly create an invitation. Click a few simple buttons to create an invitation that radiates your personality and see it come to life right in front of you. Basic Invite offers stylish and affordable wedding invitations, along with save the date cards, colored envelopes, envelope liners, wedding programs, and thank you cards.

 

Timeless and Classic Wedding Invitations - Fresh New Invitations - via Basic Invite.com

Timeless and Classic Wedding Invitations – Fresh New Invitations – via Basic Invite.com

 

Budgeting

While in the excitement of planning, it is easy to forget that every little task or purchase can add up quickly. Managing and monitoring your wedding budget is a hard task to follow, but there are a variety of apps and websites that make this process super simple and less tedious to stay inside budget lines. With applications and websites like Wedding Budget Calculator, iWed Planner, CostofWedding.com and OurDreamWedding.com, it is easy to keep your files and budget up to date, and focus on your original guidelines for spending and purchasing in all wedding sectors.

 

Last Minute Help

As useful as all of these applications are, the planning process can still be overwhelming and tasks can often be missed right in front of your eyes. If you ever feel you need and extra set of hands to finish your wedding checklist in time, some great services to help you with last minute to-do’s are Task Rabbit, Service Magic and Red Beacon, making sure you have a seamless walk down the aisle!

Since it’s 2017, it’s time to channel your inner techie to help you every step of the way! The Internet truly offers so many helpful resources and businesses with a purpose to serve you; isn’t that nice! Getting married should be one of the happiest and stress-free times of your life. Don’t let yourself get caught up in the pressure of decision-making and budgeting. Enjoy yourself, do your research and use these helpful tools around you so that the show goes off without a hitch!

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October 18, 2016

#TechTuesday Wedding Tech Update

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With tech rapidly expanding the ways we design, capture, and connect with our weddings and our guests, it’s nearly impossible to keep up. From fantastically futuristic décor to mind-blowing ways of capturing memories, we gathered a few newcomers to the uncharted merging of weddings and technology.

 

Go-Pro Bridal Bouquet

This bride looks like she’s having so much fun steering her bouquet through the day to capture the best footage! Ask to leave some space for a small camera in your bouquet for a totally unique perspective to preserve forever.

 

3D Cake Decorations

Personalized cake toppers are sweeping the wedding scene. But if you’re not so into having you and your partner replicated in 3D, check out these intricate printed sugar decorations.  One glance will have your imagination running wild. No matter your theme or color scheme, it doesn’t get more custom than this!

3D Printed Wedding Cake Decor via 3D Systems

3D Printed Wedding Cake Decor via 3D Systems

 

Bridal Stream

 

Even when you have guests traveling from far and wide, there are always a few who just can’t make it.  Bridal Stream is here to insure those loved ones can still be included.  After setting up a personalized wedding site for you and your partner, Bridal Stream sends a representative on-site to livestream the ceremony. Friends and family from afar can sit back, relax, and enjoy the show – if so inclined, they can even comment and chat with other guests.

 

Light Projections For Your Wedding Cake

Disney unveiled this idea with their line of Fairytale Wedding Cakes with digital mapping in 2014.  Now, more and more talented lighting designers are making it possible for you to project anything you like on your cake – from floral prints to old photos to animated pictures.


Crowd-Sourced Wedding Video

Want a wedding video made for you and your friends by you and your friends? Wedding Mix will send you multiple HD video cameras to hand out to your most trusted friends.  After they gather the footage only your loved ones can from your bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, receptions, you name it – pick the footage you want to keep, a title and a soundtrack, then pop the cameras back in the mail, and Wedding Mix will edit a beautiful wedding video from the provided footage.

 

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August 31, 2016

Interview with Cody Raisig of Wedding Drone New York

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Cody Raisig / photo by: Bianca Bourgeouis

Cody Raisig / photo by: Bianca Bourgeouis

 

You may recognize Cody Raisig as one of the most sought-after wedding photographers in NYC.  After years of capturing incredible photographs that emphasize authenticity, soft light, and powerful composition, Cody has taken to the sky and launched Wedding Drone New York, a full-service videography company producing footage of weddings like you’ve never seen before.  We caught up with Cody about his exciting new business, dream venues for aerial footage, and how to embrace drones on your special day without feeling like you’ve walked into a sci-fi movie.

What sets Wedding Drones New York apart from other NYC wedding videography?
Aerial cinematography is cutting edge. Very few wedding movie companies use drones; but for those that do so, most are operating illegally, without proper authorization from the FAA, and most don’t have drone-specific liability insurance. But that’s just the start. Wedding Drone New York uses the most high-tech drones, enabling us to capture the most spectacular footage. Whereas other wedding videographers use drones that are operated by one person, we use drones that are operated by two people, allowing us to perform the most amazing camera movements.

Additionally, we are dedicated to documenting everything that takes place outdoors on a wedding day from the sky, not just one small moment. Our wedding video teams have dedicated drone operators on location for the entire wedding day, in addition to conventional cameramen working on the ground. Most other wedding video companies can only do one or the other.

I’ve noticed some brides on blogs who are resistant to drone videography, seeing it as too invasive and futuristic.  What advice would you give to brides to feel more comfortable having a drone flying around them?
In addition to the drone, my team always has cinematographers on the ground using conventional handheld cameras; therefore, the bride can decide how much or how little she wants the drone to be a part of the day. For instance, if a bride doesn’t want the drone to distract from the ceremony, we won’t fly the drone then, leaving it solely to our ground crew to document the ceremony. Another way to make the drone unobtrusive during the ceremony is to have it fly at a high enough altitude so that it can’t be seen or heard. When the drone is 200 feet above you, you can’t hear it or see it; but it’s still getting an insanely cool view of everything. Problem solved.

How did you learn to operate a drone and what is that process like?
I first bought a tiny drone that I could fly indoors and crash into the walls and ceiling of my house – the drone was the size of a silver dollar. Once I mastered that, I bought the real thing and flew the drone very cautiously. At the same time, I was getting a pilot’s license, flying real aircraft. Flight school made me put my life in my own hands, and I quickly realized that flying a two-pound drone was far less complicated than flying a Cessna. Lastly, operating a drone is only half the game; one needs to have the artful eye in order to compose incredible shots. I’ve been a professional cinematographer and still photographer my entire career, shooting weddings around the world and directing photoshoots from Japan to Switzerland, Mexico to Costa Rica. A lot of geeks use drones, but it takes the eye of an artist to get incredible shots.

The video on your website is filmed at a gorgeous, sprawling estate. Do you, or can you, also capture drone footage in a densely populated area like Manhattan?
Using a drone in Manhattan is very challenging for a variety of reasons. The majority of Manhattan resides within LaGuardia Airport’s airspace, which is entirely off-limits to drones. Downtown Manhattan is fair game for drones in terms of airspace, but the challenge then becomes flying the drone over the general public, which is prohibited. We are only allowed to fly the drone over willing participants of the photoshoot, eliminating places where random people are hanging out and walking. That said, a rooftop in lower Manhattan, would be fair game to fly the drone over. Can you a picture a wedding on top of Tribeca Rooftop?

Tell me about a venue you’d love to capture with drone photography.
I’ve photographed several weddings at Blue Hill Stone Barns, and the venue is really gorgeous. I think it would be an awesome place to bring a drone. I can imagine getting shots of the bride and groom on their grounds, and it would be stunning. Also, any wedding that takes place by the ocean or beach would be great, too. I photographed a wedding in Saint Lucia at a place called Cap Maison, and the ceremony took place on a cliff over the Caribbean Sea. That would be perfect for Wedding Drone New York!

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July 27, 2016

5 Essential Apps for the Modern Bride

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He pops the question, you say yes, and just like that – you’re engaged! Now comes the hard part. From creating and maintaining a guest list, to deciding on every little detail, to finding the best vendors for you and your venue – there’s a reason people get paid for this! But luckily, smartphone apps can take your wedding planning from a hectic nightmare, to something simple, seamless, and fun!

Here are five outstanding apps to help keep you sane from “Yes!” to “I do.”

For finding your perfect dress…

Pronovias

Pronovias App via pronovias.com

Pronovias App via pronovias.com

 

This free app, developed by the globally renowned bridal firm of the same name, allows you to browse thousands of bridal and cocktails dresses, create a personalized lookbook of your favorite gowns, and sync with your calendar for seamless wedding planning.  Then, head down to their stunning NYC flagship store on East 52nd Street to try on your selected gowns in a private space with an expert personal stylist.

For mastering your wedding website…

Appy Couple

Appy Couple App via howheasked.com

Appy Couple App via howheasked.com

 

You want a wedding website that keeps your guests informed and at ease, lets them know exactly what to expect, and gets them excited to celebrate!  For those who are less than tech-savvy, the idea of building a website can be quite intimidating.

Enter Appy Couple, the super slick app that will guide you through the development process seamlessly, while giving you total creative control over the look and functions of your personalized website and wedding app.  Travel, accommodation, specialized group chats, in-app RSVP, registry, and beautiful photo albums – this app truly has it all.

Appy Couple starts at $39, with a Premium package that unlocks additional features for $89.

For tracking your tasks and budget…

Wedding Happy

For all you obsessive list-makers out there, this is the app for you.  With a clean, simple, and all-around practical design, this app has all the essentials for keeping track of tasks to do, vendors to hire, invites to send out, and every penny spent.  Collaborate with your partner to sync contacts, exchange task assignments, and track everything in a calendar.  Plus, Wedding Happy works everywhere, with or without WiFi, so you can plan on the go.

Wedding Happy via weddinghappy.com

Wedding Happy via weddinghappy.com

 

For receiving exactly what you wanted…

Zola Wedding Registry

Zola App via zola.com

Zola App via zola.com

 

We all know how impersonal it can feel to browse traditional registries.  When you’re working under one brand and one brand only, your options and your guests’ options for gifting something that expresses their congratulations are limited.  Well, Zola is here to change the game.  With personalized registries that allow you to express your taste across multiple brands, experiences, and cash funds, building your registry has never been more fun.  Zola also allows your guests to group-gift, so multiple friends can pitch in for pricier gifts or trips.  You’ll be alerted by mobile immediately, so you can accept, exchange, or hold on shipping ’till you’re ready to receive.

For capturing every moment…

Wedding Party

Wedding Party App via apracticalwedding.com

Wedding Party App via apracticalwedding.com

 

It’s never fun nudging your friends and family to send you their pictures of your special day. Mobile or email? Dropbox or Drive? Facebook or Instagram? Wedding Party is here to do the work for you.  From your engagement party to your wedding day, with the click of a button you and your loved one’s photos are collected and organized into beautiful, seamless albums.  There’s even a mobile photo booth feature, that lets you and your friends create adorable strips and gifs and share them directly to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or by private message.

 

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June 6, 2016

Wedding Tech Trends That Will Have You Re-Thinking Robotics

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The thought of introducing too many screens to your wedding day might make your head spin, but as the times change so do the ways we plan, celebrate, and preserve the most memorable days of our lives.

Here are five tech trends that will have you re-thinking #WeddingTech – from the surreal to the downright practical.

1) Hire a drone photographer.

The idea of a drone at your wedding may strike you as a little freaky at first, but once you see aerial footage of a wedding party panning out into a spectacular landscape, we have a feeling you’ll be hooked.

Video via Above Summit + Lovely Valentine Photo + Film

2) Wear a heart rate band.

There are some things photos just can’t capture.  Following this video released by GOOD magazine, which tracked a man’s heart rate gearing up to, proposing, and being accepted by his girlfriend, couples have been wearing heart rate bands as they prepare and perform their vows. Graphs of your day together make beautiful, modern keepsakes that truly capture every moment.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=JcY2_Gzx_TQ+
Video via GOOD

3) Hire a robot bartender.

What’s smaller than a microwave, sleeker than an Apple product, and capable of mixing over 300 varieties of customizable cocktails in a matter of seconds?  That would be Somabar – a patent-pending robotic bartender funded through Kickstarter that’s one hundred percent changing the game.  Somabar will be available in five chic colors and will automatically clean itself after each concoction.  Oh, and an app-controlled ordering system lets you and your guests order cocktails straight off your iPhone – for reals.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=UKBSHQyafMA+
Video via Somabar Kickstarter

4) Top your cake with 3D replicas of you and your beau.

doob™, a 3D tech company founded in Dusseldorf with pop-up shops in NYC, LA, and SF, will make a perfect specialized caketopper of you and your sweetheart.  How does it work? Simply step into “the doob™-licator™,” strike a pose, and a high-speed scan sets to capture. Before you know it – you’ve been doob™-licated.

Take a detailed look at the mind-blowing process here:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=fSXq0vGSiDA+
Video via Forbes

5) Set up a charging station.

We’ve all been there. You’ve just found the perfect angle to capture your best friend in her first dance as a wedded wife when you look down and see the dreaded 2%.  Between GPS-ing your way to the venue, hashtagging the ceremony, and Skyping in your friends abroad, weddings will drain you and your guests’ batteries.  Why not provide everyone a chance to power up in style and beautify your charging station with a burst of florals?

Power Bar Station / Wedding Tech / confetti.co.uk

Photo via confetti.co.uk

 

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March 23, 2016

Wedding Tech: Interactive Cakes

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Like most wedding-obsessed women, we are also obsessed with everything princess-related here at Bride & Blossom. These interactive wedding cakes pioneered by the team at Disney Fairytale Weddings are no exception. With the latest technology constantly creeping into every element of the modern wedding, it was only a matter of time before cakes became fair game!

 

 

This Disney-princess-themed projection cake is perfect for the bride who has always dreamed of re-creating her favorite fairytale on her special day. And if you’re not so into the princess-thing, more vendors are starting to offer this option. Check out this awesome video by Illuminating Magic to see how they make the magic happen!

 

 

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