June 26th, 2012
After spending this past beautiful weekend at the Jersey Shore with my parents and having them ask me a million and one questions about my life, I received an email late last night from my Dad. It didn’t surprise me that the email was about the newest “craze” in wedding concepts- my father has a way to always seem interested in his kids lives because I would bet a million dollars on the fact that he wasn’t searching wedding articles in his spare time for his own enjoyment. The article that he sent me was from The Boston Globe online website and, surprisingly enough to me, this article turned out to be something that I couldn’t wait to share with our brides and readers!!
The main idea….”Technology — for better or worse — has become a presence at a growing number of weddings. Couples are live-streaming their nuptials so far-flung friends and relatives can watch the proceedings in real time. They’re bringing in big screens so that distant friends can be present (in a 2-D way) by means of prerecorded video or Skyped best wishes.”
The concept seems practical; we all LOVE our iPhones and Blackberrys. I mean honestly, as generation Y grows older the attachment to technology grows stronger. Anja Winikka, editor of TheKnot.com noted today it would seem strange to have a wedding without some kind of technological presence. “The bride getting married today is 28 or 29,” Winikka said, “and she’s been totally connected her whole life.”
So what we are seeing now, with this growing OBSESSION with technology, is the consideration for guests who have to attend via the web. Sounds simple right? Well, not as easy as you might believe. Author Beth Teitell writes, “They’re agonizing over budget decisions unheard of just a few years ago: passed hors d’oeuvres or Wi-Fi? They’re factoring foreign time zones into their planning; an evening wedding on the East Coast gets mighty late for European relatives watching on Skype. And, in perhaps the ultimate sign that technology has arrived, it’s become a source of friction”.
The article then gives both positive and negative experiences with using technology at your wedding. One story is about how a bride is able to use skype at her wedding so that her hospitalized sister can view the ceremony. Another story talks about how a young bride is able to have her 82 year old grandmother in India watch her walk down the aisle.
There are definitely pros and cons to using advanced technology at your wedding; there are many things to keep in mind such as cost, how effective the technology will be utilized, and the overall idea of having a camera in your face during your entire ceremony. To read more about this topic, click here to link to the article. Trust me it is SUPER interesting!