Technology and Your Wedding Day

I recently read an article on wedding technology trends.

Now I’m admittedly NOT a techie kind of girl – sure, I love having a smartphone (don’t know how I got on without it), and I have a laptop and a tablet – and get that technology makes things easier, and/or achieves a desired result in a more effective manner.

But technology at weddings if overdone can take away from the event instead of enhancing it.

As stated in the article, “Need a way to collect all of your wedding photos from Instagram? Create a custom wedding hashtag. Want to keep guests’ phones juiced up so they’re taking photos and video all night long? Transform one of your cocktail hour tables into a cute cellphone charging station.” Makes sense since things like wedding pictures on Instagram and the extensive use of taking photos with cellphones is part of the everyday norm. They’re unobtrusive and doesn’t detract from the day.

Now I’m not saying that technology should never be seen at a wedding. Instead, I’m suggesting that you carefully consider how the use of a particular method of technology will truly enhance (or potentially detract) from your wedding day.

Replacing a ring bearer with a drone?
Your wedding ceremony isn’t about how the rings make their appearance, but the promise you make to each other as you become partners in life. Years later, do you want your guests talking about the drone at your wedding or do you want them reminiscing about how beautiful and meaningful your ceremony was?

A camera hidden in your bouquet?
OK, yeah, I like this idea for a certain moment of the day (walking down the aisle). But for the other moments? Why not just use a bouquet-less camera? And the suggestion about hiding a camera at the reception? Why hide it?

Driverless cars and robots?
Maybe I’ve just watched too many bad sci-fi movies.

Also, if you or your fiancé aren’t techie people, incorporating the use of technology in roles typically filled by real live humans will be out of place. It isn’t “you.”

So, what do you think about the future of technology used at weddings?

In case you want to read the article on technology at weddings you can find it here 10 Wedding Technology Trends Straight From The Future.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Where Do They Sit? Creating Your Wedding Reception Seating Chart

seating chart

Deciding who to invite to your wedding can be tricky enough. Once they’ve been invited and have RSVP’s “Yes” now you have to decide where they will sit.

Figuring out a seating chart takes a bit of time, but the effort adds to the comfort level of our guests, as well as saving you some money on unneeded extras.

Think of it this way – if you have 100 people coming to your reception, with a seating chart you will only need seating (as well as china, glassware, and flatware) for 100 people. If you have open seating (meaning your guests get to choose where to sit), your guests won’t fill in every seat at a table before moving on to the next table, so you will need to have at least one or two additional tables, as well as the necessary china, glassware, flatware AND table linens, napkins, and centerpieces!

Jean’s Top 10 Tips for Planning Your Wedding – Part 1

Before you put together a seating chart, you will first need to know how the room will be set up. When working with your venue manager, they will need to know not only how many guests will be in attendance, but they will need to know how you would like the room set up, so ask them to provide a copy of the room layout diagram.

The best advice? Start with the room set up and create a room diagram with all the tables (including guests’ seating, as well as tables for the cake, gifts, and DJ). Make sure the room diagram also includes the dance floor and bars and cocktail tables, and any other table you may be needing.

A couple things that are helpful for your venue manager to configure the room to best suit you and your reception are:

  1. Will there be a head table for the entire wedding party or will there just be a separate sweetheart table for the happy couple, with the wedding party seated at the guest tables?
  2. Will the head table include the parents, or will you have separate tables for parents and grandparents?

AND

A couple things to ask your venue manager that will help you create your seating chart are:

  1. What size are their tables?
  2. How many people can be comfortable seated at the tables (most venues have round tables that seat 8 or 10 people)?

Will you number the tables or name them? Who will sit where? Is where they will be seated be a big deal for some guests and not an issue for others?

Keep these basics in mind as the chart is worked.

  1. Don’t seat divorced or divorcing couples together
  2. Don’t seat a divorced person with a table of happy couples
  3. Don’t seat guests who haven’t spoken to one another for decades at the same table
  4. Don’t seat heavy drinkers right next to the bar
  5. Don’t seat elderly relatives in hard to reach seats or right next to the DJ’s speakers
  6. If you have guests who love to dance, seat them close to the dance floor
  7. If you have relatives that don’t get along, avoid placing them at the same table
  8. Seat children with their parents and not at a kid’s only table, unless the children are old enough to be at a table without grown-ups, or you are providing childcare
  9. Be flexible enough to do some last minute juggling of places if you see a problem developing

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Wedding Planning Q & A – When to Lift the Bride's Veil?

Q. – During the ceremony, who’s supposed to lift my veil?

A. – Although not as common these days, many brides still wear a traditional blusher veil (a veil that covers the face) for their ceremony. You have two options for who lifts your veil, depending on when you want the veil lifted. The first choice is having your dad (or whomever escorted you down the aisle) lift the veil after you reach the front. The other choice is to have your groom lift the veil just before the kiss.

Both ways are perfectly fine and “correct.” It may help you to decide if you think about how long you want your face covered during your ceremony. Are you comfortable with having something covering your face (even if it’s as sheer as a veil) for 30 – 45 minutes (or more)? Or do you prefer having it cover your face for as short a time as possible?

Not sure that you want a blusher veil at all? Remember – they make for really cute pictures with your groom.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Your Second Job

planning a wedding is like having a second job

Planning a wedding is the stuff of dreams, but in reality, preparing for yours can be like having a second job.

Planning a wedding is real work. It requires phone calls and meetings, contracts and negotiations, purchases and coordination. It must have great communication and clear cut deadlines.

It is estimated that the average wedding ceremony and reception will require 250-300 hours of time invested. How will you handle this second job while you are still gainfully employed at your regular job?

The best advice is to treat the upcoming nuptials like a business. You need to get your tools together. Get organized.

Set aside a work space related to wedding only projects – maybe a basket on the kitchen counter or a special notebook/binder. Just make sure that all the information related to your upcoming wedding is kept together in one place.

Get an organizer or planner and keep it up to date. Keep track of all names and phone numbers of every person who is in any way related to your wedding. Take careful notes of any conversations, plans, and promises made and by whom.

Set goals and give yourself deadlines. Then stick to them. Make lists of upcoming tasks and check off as completed. If you let some deadlines slide, think how that would go over at work.

Hire a professional consultant. Businesses do this all the time. If they have a special project that requires special attention within a specific time frame, they bring in a specialist or a consultant whose sole focus will be that special project. A wedding consultant can help you bring in the project on time, on budget, and with a trunk full of memories that no money can buy.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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