How to be a Tech-Savvy Bridesmaid

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In the digital age, a reliance on technology is just about inescapable. Some may yearn for the days when the hashtag was merely the “pound” symbol. Others may pine for when every moment didn’t have to be documented on Instagram. But truth be told, technology has improved our existence in many ways. That’s why you’ll be indispensable as a tech-savvy bridesmaid.

Technology can enhance some of life’s biggest milestones, including a couple’s wedding day. Wedding technology has made some truly magical moments possible, from LED dresses to 3D printed rings. But you don’t have to go totally futuristic to make your friend or relative’s special day the best it can be. If you want to be the best bridesmaid ever, you’ll want to be a tech-savvy bridesmaid as well. You can use technology to your advantage during wedding planning to help create an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

Social Media Tips and Must Have Apps to Plan Your Tech-Savvy Wedding.

Look At Virtual Dresses Before Shopping IRL

Saying yes to the dress has become a rite of passage. Bridesmaid dresses still get a bad rap, even if they aren’t nearly as poofy and offensive as in years past. It can be tough to know what hues and silhouettes will work best for every bridesmaid. The Wedding Dress Studio app can help brides decide the kind of style they want. Then there is the Atelier App, which lets you create custom bridesmaid dresses that the wedding party will actually want to wear again (and again).

The Knot also recently launched its own Wedding LookBook app. It lets you look at wedding and bridesmaid dresses, rings, accessories, and more before committing. While you still may need to make a visit to a brick-and-mortar retailer, you can at least help the bride zero in on the looks she wants for her wedding party.

Transform into a Social Media Guru

As a bridesmaid, you’ll probably be in charge of numerous tasks. If you don’t have a convenient way to organize them, you might get confused or overwhelmed — and it’s not even your Big Day! To make sure chaos is kept to a minimum, consider using apps to plan everything.

The Wunderlist app isn’t just for weddings, but it’s a great way to manage lists and stay on track. You can easily plan out the wedding shower, dress fittings, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, and more. It will keep all the information in one easy app. Use Google Sheets to help you stick to a budget and Google Calendar to make sure everyone is on the same page (and shows up when they’re supposed to). Finally, apps like Hopper and Hotel Tonight are a bargain lover’s must-have for destination weddings or bachelorette celebrations.

Using a wedding hashtag at the bridal shower.
Photo Credit: Nicole Klym Photography

Remember to Capture Those Special Moments

Using a special hashtag can encourage guests to take some iPhone photos, but you can also facilitate a few other official efforts. The wedding videographer will likely get some fantastic footage. If they don’t hire someone, taking video footage on your phone or a GoPro camera would make a nice surprise gift. You could also live stream parts of the ceremony or reception on Facebook or Instagram. This can allow those who couldn’t attend feel like they’re part of the event in real time.

Don’t forget to use the WedPics app, which lets users upload their own photos from the wedding day to a private album. Impatient brides and family members can even order prints directly from the app before the actual wedding photos are ever ready. Plus having a few candids to look back on is a great way for the couple to relive their day.

Final Thoughts on Wedding Technology

Although some couples may prefer an “unplugged” wedding, it’s likely that these technological advancements can help ease the planning process. They might even make their nuptials better. That said, you can do your part on the bride’s special day by making expectations clear to guests. No one wants the vows to be interrupted by text message noises. Some couples would prefer the ceremony be entirely phone-free.

To that end, it’s important that you discuss these ideas with the bride beforehand. Do your utmost to make sure her wishes are carried out to the letter. That way, she’ll remember you as the best bridesmaid she could have ever wished for while she embarks on her happily ever after.

Author Bio

Lisa Krikawa is an award-winning designer at Krikawa Jewelry Designs, an international custom jewelry retailer that specializes in custom-designed, one-of-a-kind handcrafted engagement and wedding rings.

What do you think about these tips? Share with us in the comments.

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  • Mary
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    I love the idea of getting some footage and video taken on your phone. That would be a precious gift for the bride and groom.

    • Theresa | Bridesmaids Confession
      Reply

      Thanks, Mary. I think as long as you aren’t interrupting the day it would be a great surprise!

  • candy
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    So much has changed since I was married when it comes to planning a wedding. Will pass this on to some mother of the brides I know who are planning weddings.

    • Theresa | Bridesmaids Confession
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      Thanks, Candy. I think mom’s of the bride have a very special role just like the bridesmaids. They too can be such a big help to the couple.

  • Jordan
    Reply

    I definitely think technology has made it so much easier to plan things for a wedding. These are great tips!

    • Theresa | Bridesmaids Confession
      Reply

      It really helped, but I also think it’s the cause of why weddings are so much more elaborate to begin with.

  • Cathy
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    I am in love with the Wunderlist app from my college days as a TA teaching advertising courses!! I also used it for my wedding, and it was amazing for keeping me organized. You can also have multiple people in your ‘list’ to assign tasks and due dates. 🙂

    • Theresa | Bridesmaids Confession
      Reply

      Anything you can do to stay organized is important. Even planning a bridal shower or bachelorette involves a lot of people these days. I’m all for keeping everyone on the same page.

  • JIll
    Reply

    Great post. Lots of fab tips. Just need to be asked to be a bridesmaid now! Thanks

    • Theresa | Bridesmaids Confession
      Reply

      Thanks, Jill! Some of these are great for party planning in general.

  • Ritu Bhathal
    Reply

    I only wish ideas like these were out there when we were getting married!

    • Theresa | Bridesmaids Confession
      Reply

      I know the feeling! So many new things I would’ve loved to incorporate into my wedding.

  • McKenna Paulley
    Reply

    I was just a maid of honor in June! I wish I would have read this prior to the wedding! These are all such great ideas! I will have to implement them next time!

    • Theresa | Bridesmaids Confession
      Reply

      Thank you, McKenna. I’m sure you rocked your bridesmaid duties. I’m here to help if you ever need it 🙂

  • Michelle
    Reply

    Such a good suggestion to take some video on your phone. I wish I had thought on that for my friends wedding recently!

    • Reply

      I feel like everywhere I go I should be taking more video! Times are moving so fast. Need to capture some of those fun memories.

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