Bringing your planning into the digital age
What don’t we do on a screen these days? I don’t know about you, but without my phone I’d be floating in a sea of paper to-do lists and alarm clocks. They’ve become integral tools in our day-to-day life management - so it seems fitting to talk about how you can use this to your advantage when it comes to planning your wedding. Digital invites and RSVPs are becoming progressively more common, along with personal websites replacing the traditional wedding album, gift registry and more. There’s also no shortage of #weddinginspo available out there in the world wide web - so we’re here to list a few key areas that might be of use to you when it comes to wedding planning.
I’m listing this first, as if you haven’t already got 17 wedding boards set up on Pinterest, filled to the brim with inspiration, DIY ideas and images of impossibly dreamy locations. If you haven’t jumped on the Pinterest train already, I apologise in advance, because you are about to get stuck into the dream world of wedding planning, and it might take you hours/days/weeks to find your way out. Pinterest takes scrapping to an infinite level.
Pinterest can be your best friend when used correctly - setting up separate boards (cake ideas, dress inspiration, colour schemes, etc) can really help organise your thoughts, and help you pinpoint the styles and colours you’re drawn to. It’s free, and you can even pin items from other websites, to keep track of handy links you find elsewhere.
While there’s nothing quite like receiving a paper copy in the mail, digital RSVPs are taking the wedding and event world by storm for a multitude of reasons. There are plenty of free, low-cost and paid versions to choose from - RSVPify is free for up to 100 guests, or get searching online (some have some gorgeous templates, too!
Not only can you be sure that your invite has been inboxed rather than lost in the post, but you can give your guests a straightforward way to RSVP. You’ll be able to see your list build up as people respond online and keep track of your event planning all in one space. Not only that, but you’ll save on printing and postage fees, as well as helping out the environment. Choice!
Why not take it the next step further and set up a website? This is nowhere near as daunting as it sounds, thanks to sites like Squarespace. You can keep a tonne of information all in one place - from keeping track of RSVPs, to letting your guests know about their accommodation. An added bonus here is that you’ll be able to tell the story of how you met, your engagement and share photos, to help your guests feel in the know. You can also include maps, links to registries or bank accounts - anything! There are some slick templates out there, so it’s easy to keep it stylish and in theme with the rest of your wedding.
If you’re an avid social media user - or are looking for a way to compile any and all photos that get taken by guests - why not use a wedding hashtag? It can be a great way to find candid snapshots that your guests are sharing, and see all those moments you might have missed. Also, your names might lend themselves to a particularly punny hashtag - time to get thinking of some creative ideas! If you decide to use a wedding hashtag, it’s worth having it on a sign or chalkboard at the wedding to remind your guests to use it.
This post was brought to you by our wonderful blogger in chief, Deanna Walker.