When we decide to 'take the plunge' we have always pictured the person we'd spend the rest of our lives with in our heads. As we experience life a little more and find someone whom we find it hard to separate ourselves from, that image becomes less blurry and more real as time goes by. Speaking for myself, that time has come but what really surprises me is I found someone identically techy as myself. Tech has been a strong aspect of our relationship and we wish to pay tribute by using it as much as possible on our special day. Many ideas have been brought onto the drawing board and here are some of the best that I can't wait to see how they'll turn out.
iPad/Tablet Guest Book
Surprisingly there is only one Guest Book app in the App Store at this present moment and none in the Android Market. However with a bit of ingenuity and use of apps already present we can get over this hurdle quite easily. Penultimate, Moleskin and Wacom Bamboo are all good examples of pen apps that replicate beautiful, organic handwriting that looks just like a ball point pen on a page. This can be a new thing for guests to approach however so a well versed attendant would be wise to oversee the guest book. We're choosing a younger family member who would know the ropes and was eager to help. It's the perfect gap to fill for younger participants who want to get involved and helping with the guest book is no small matter.
We wanted the wedding to be as free of stressful things as possible and invitations are a trifling thing sometimes. With the Cards app from Apple (and the highly recommendable Postagram) we could create an image of our own design and just add it in the template rather than a photo. This way we have full control over how the card looks, who it goes out to and never have to see any of them. It might cost a little extra than the DIY invites found at stationary stores but the end result will be much better and easier on busy brides and grooms to be.
I've witnessed a few mishaps concerning music on the dance floor at weddings. Whether it was by the hands of a clumsy, witless DJ or faulty tech, it wasn't pretty. Present at all occasions I did notice there was a laptop set up and I was struck with inspiration. Preparing ahead of time, I'm creating all playlists way in advance and with all the customizing options of iTunes it's coming along quite nicely. Although it's using a lot more hands on time and trial and error, it adds more of us into the festivities. What this requires is setting start and end points to tracks that we possess, know and want present at our wedding. It's easy on the budget and invites our laptops to the affair officially.
Twitter Guest Book
This idea was inspired by friends whom we know but haven't met face to face. Creating a trend just for the wedding and having online friends contributing their best wishes adds another avenue of communication. We can create a special trend that will be prepped to be displayed with some of the wedding details and has many possible directions to go down. Tweets can be shown on the projector along with pictures to the reception. We're trying to even bring guests present who aren't familiar with Twitter in on the fun with a newcomer pamphlet which explains how Twitter works and all the lingo.
Where there are families, there are roots that dig deep across the world. As is the case with my portion of the guest list, a lot of relatives are spread around the globe far and wide. The solution was simple, a live webcast. Webcams these days now shoot in 1080p and with a proper sound system, the ceremony can be seen and heard quite clearly. The only set back currently is the time difference.
QR codes are easy on the eyes and instantly recognizable. Two ways we are trying to work them in is through the invite card that leads to a webpage of incredible detail on the venue, Twitter trend, schedule and a lovely splash page dedicated to each family's history. It also works well for the thank you card which would lead to an online photo gallery. The second use is for the dining roster. Beside the names of each guest will be the QR code. When scanned, it will detail the seating plan for that guest as well as the finer details of the evening. If the guest doesn't have anything to scan it with, the ushers can help them find their seats at least with their own devices.
Amazon Gift Registry (Aka Wish List)
There are two types of gifts we'd like to start our new life with. Stuff for the home and tech. Most places that have a gift registry don't accommodate the digital or gadgetry side of things unfortunately so that's why we're making a wish list on Amazon for all our nerdy needs. Monitors, printers and surround sound systems are what we'd like to bring into our happy home after the nuptials rather than traditional dishware or cutlery. The link will be provided on the web page lead from the QR code on the original invitation.
After the event, we plan to gather up as many of the pictures as possible into one gallery on Flickr for all to see. However it won't just be any simple gallery, it'll be like a scrap book wrapping up all the pleasant details and events of the evening. Taking the Guest Book pages, photos and adding borders and commentary can make it more than just a slew of endless images that all look the same. A virtual photo album is what we're aiming for and having it on Flickr has many advantages. It can viewed online anywhere, on smart phones, tablets or even on Apple TVs.