Wedding Tips From a Tech Perspective
Almost anything you do today can be done more efficiently with technology, even getting married. More and more weddings are utilizing the technical capabilities of the churches and facilities where the ceremonies are held, so here are a few things to keep in mind.
Using audiovisual equipment in the ceremony or any other part of festivities requires more advanced planning. Do not wait until the last-minute or even days to inform those responsible for making the “magic” happen of what you want. Weddings are seldom about just an organ and soloist any more. The more technology you use, the more vital the planning and communication with the tech person.
Your wedding party and others involved in the planning may live miles away. Here are some free “cloud” tools to help you all stay in touch, share ideas, and make decisions.
1. Spotify – for picking out music for the ceremony, reception, etc. Unlike iTunes and other online music applications, you can listen to the entire song on Spotify. You shouldn’t use the free account to actually play your music from, but you can make sure it is what you want before you buy it.
2. Dropbox – for sharing audio, video, and other file types. I don’t remember the last time I played wedding music from a CD. There is no need. Upload those songs to Dropbox and share it with whomever will need to play them. If you’re showing a video, send it to Dropbox too.
3. Google Docs – for coordinating all the details and laying out the final plans. Keep the coordinator/planner, moms, wedding party, and tech people in the loop by keeping your plans stored online and shared with everyone. I always ask for a program, but I much prefer the service order laid out in a format I can easily read and make notes on.
4. Evernote – for sharing notes, pictures, and other snippets or ideas you run across. You could use Evernote to do some of the things already mentioned, but it can do even more. With Evernote on your smart phone, you can quickly grab pictures of that perfect dress, flower, arrangement, gift, etc. Then you can organize everything in folders and share. Great for the anal bride and groom.
There are lots of other smart phone and tablet apps you can use for planning and sharing as well. The idea is to make sure everyone knows your desires so they can best prepare to make your day as special as it should be.