How to be a Tech-Savvy Bridesmaid
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.
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.
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.
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.
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