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5 Tips for Tech-Savvy Brides

feb14-techbridesYou use technology in every other aspect of your life – why not in your wedding planning! If you love your smartphone, tablet, and social media, here are five ways you can use technology while planning your big day.

Online Inspiration

If you’re pulling pages from wedding magazines and storing them in folders for inspiration, you’re not alone! Poring through bridal magazines is one way to be inspired and get ideas as you plan your wedding. Did you know you can save your favorite pictures online, too? If you haven’t searched for wedding ideas on Pinterest, the wildly popular online pin board, you’re missing out. From gowns and hair styles to color schemes and decorations, you could spend all day looking for ideas for your wedding. The mobile app lets you pin no matter where you are. While you’re there, don’t forget to follow Southern Maryland Weddings! We pin great ideas – and local weddings, too – all the time.

Another option specific to weddings is Lover.ly. It works in a very similar way. You can search photos of wedding details and save them for easy access later.

There’s an App for That

If you constantly use your smartphone or tablet, it’s natural that your wedding planning would take place on those devices. Check out these apps to help you through your planning.

The Knot: The wedding experts at The Knot have developed an app that seems to do it all: Real weddings to inspire you, a checklist to keep you on task, guest list tools, and a wedding budgeter.

Appy Couple: This app lets you showcase your wedding to your guests. Share important information – when, where, dress code, etc. – and accept RSVPs. Virtually introduce your wedding party, and stream pictures for distant guests the day of your wedding.

My Registry: Keep track of your registry no matter what stores and websites you’re registered at! Plus, you can scan items with your phone and add them to your registry at nearly any location.

My Fitness Pal: If getting in shape is part of your wedding planning, My Fitness Pal helps you get there. Track food intake and exercise, see your progress as you lose weight and inches, and share your successes with others.

Wedding Website

For keeping guests in the loop, a wedding website has become almost a requirement for today’s brides and grooms. You can easily share travel information; time, date, and location information; weather; your love story; and more. Whether you keep everyone up to date via your blog or set up a wedding website (check out options at The Knot, Wedding Wire, and Wedding Window), be sure to include your website URL in all correspondence with your guests: Save the dates, invitations, emails, etc.

#Hashtag This

Hashtags are huge on social media – they can help you find all posts on a specific topic and they create buzz and encourage conversation. Why not #hashtag your wedding? Post signs in prominent places telling guests what your hashtag is and urging them to use it on social media when they post about your wedding or share pictures of your day. You can use hashtags nearly everywhere, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, and more!

Live-Stream Your Wedding

Perhaps your guest list is far flung, and some people can’t make it to your big day. Maybe you have older relatives who can’t travel. Or, not everyone you love can come to your destination wedding. The solution? Live stream your wedding! It’s not free, but websites like UStream, I Do Stream, or My Streaming Wedding can help you broadcast your wedding over the Internet. Some even allow comments so viewers can chat along the way.

YOUR TURN: What’s your favorite tech for wedding planning?