Hello friends! In honor of #WeddingWednesday, we’ve compiled a list of today’s hottest trends in wedding tech. Read away and don’t forget to comment which ones are your faves!
1. New and Improved Online Invitations
I know what you’re thinking and the answer is no. Online invitations are definitely not tacky. At least not when they look as beautiful as this:
Companies like Paperless Post have reinvented the practice of e-vites and are raising the bar when it comes to wedding invitations altogether. When stationery from designers like Oscar de la Renta and Vera Wang is paired with custom design services and online RSVP tracking, wedding planning becomes simpler (and classier) than you ever thought possible.
2. The Wedding Website (& App)
The modern wedding is a multifaceted weekend-long celebration, and like any big event, it absolutely needs a website. How else will your guests keep track of all the details of your big day(s)?
Nowadays couples are hiring web design gurus to create completely custom websites with unique URLs, personalized photos, and all the event information.
Other options like The Appy Couple and Wedding Party take it one step further by allowing you to create and design your own wedding app, which also translates into a website. Talk about a modern wedding!
3. Modern Gift Registries
New wedding registries are giving couples the opportunity to think outside the box and request less conventional gifts in celebration of their big day.
For instance, Newlywish provides a highly curated shopping experience with a unique blend of products and services to help you build a registry that truly reflects your life and style. You can finally register for nontraditional gifts like food and wine, tickets to various events, and cash funds among other unique options.
For those of you who are a bit more on the generous side, Heartful.ly is a wedding registry that allows guests to donate to a charity that you want to support on your special day.
4. 3D Printing
What can you expect from a 2016 wedding? Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something… 3D printed?
Engaged couples are finding unique ways to integrate this relatively new technology into their weddings, whether it’s by creating memorable save-the-dates or making a one-of-a-kind cake topper that looks exactly like them. Some are even 3D printing the bridesmaids’ jewelry and the groomsmen’s cufflinks!
Want to give your guests something to sweet to talk about? You can order some 3D printed candy bars! Companies like The Sugar Lab can produce intricate and amazingly shaped candy at the reception.
5. Wearable Tech
Hitched couples are now using heart rate tracking technology to record how they felt during their big day. Whether it’s a $17,000 18k gold Apple Watch or a simple $150 FitBit bracelet, wear a fitness tracker the entire day and you will see the exact moment that it finally clicked for you—you’re getting married!
Another cool wearable is the Ringly Cocktail Ring. This chic accessory allows the bridesmaids put their phones away and stay connected to the bride and one another in the most fashionable of ways.
By downloading the app, you can connect the ring to your phone and customize it to 4 different vibration patterns and 5 colors that alert you to when you’re receiving a call or message from the bride or anyone else important during the hectic day.
6. Drones, GoPros and Crowdsourced Photos
Drones have become one of the hottest new trends at weddings because of the amazing shots they can capture. Drones are great for beautiful aerial videos and tend to capture the most candid shots (because most people don’t even notice when they’re being recorded!). While the cool factor of having a drone at your wedding ranks pretty high on the planning list, you have to use it in the right moments, i.e. not during the actual ceremony. Word on the street is that they can be pretty loud.
Another wedding photo and video trend is the use of GoPro cameras. The newest models feature a burst mode, so you can create a timelapse of your processional or the setup of your wedding. If you’re having a destination wedding, the GoPro can be a great way to include those excursion trips. Or take one on your honeymoon and include it in your wedding video.
For another unique twist to your wedding’s photography, a service called Wedit provides you with 5 HD cameras that are meant to be handed out to trusted guests during the wedding. The result is a different, more personal perspective in your wedding video and it saves you a lot of money as well.
7. The Wedding #Hashtag
It’s hard to keep track of everything posted about your wedding on social media. The solution? A custom wedding hashtag. Ask your guests to use it every time they post about the celebration and you’ll have all your special memories in one virtual place.
The wedding hashtag can be used for fun interactive activities, too. For example, WeddingHashtagWall creates an Instagram slideshow of pictures shared with your wedding hashtag on a real-time display. You could have them projected live over your dance floor and see how everyone’s celebrating! Or you could encourage your guests to use your hashtag by telling them that anyone who uses it can get a free drink at the bar. One margarita, please!
8. Robot Bartenders and On-Demand Alcohol
Tired of human bartenders? Try a robot! Somabar is the world’s first app-controlled automated bartending appliance. With its streamlined design, you can thoroughly mix cocktails and infuse bitters to make the perfect craft cocktail in seconds. You can even control how much alcohol goes into each drink. Pick your signature cocktail for the wedding and watch your guests be thoroughly entertained as they watch this doohickey in action.
Think human bartenders are ok? Keep them. Just make sure they don’t run out of alcohol! On demand bar services like Drizly (think Uber for alcohol) promise to make underspending (or overspending) on your wedding bar a thing of the past by allowing you to order up more alcohol during the wedding itself.
9. The Photo Booth (Revisited)
The traditional photo booth has finally made its way to the 21st century, and it’s more memorable than ever before. Here are some of the new adaptations of the classic party activity:
Don’t have the budget for a videographer but want some type of video aspect of your wedding? Check out Speech Booth! Speech Booth lets your guests leave a video message for you and will compile all of the messages into a video! At $599 this is a pretty good steal and provides you with a modern video guestbook.
GIF PHOTO BOOTH
Photo booths are not new in the wedding industry, but GIF photo booths definitely are. Unlike regular photo booths, GIF photo booths take quick bursts of photos to create a short, animated clip. Don’t forget to share your gif with the wedding hashtag!
While it’s not technically an in-booth activity, the Social Printers by Insta Print is a sweet printing system will print your Instagram photos instantly! Insta Print also has the ability to custom brand your photos and even print from Instagram videos. You can rent a Social Printer for your wedding on their website.