Creative Couples Give Weddings a Tech Savvy Facelift

By John R Steele

Summer is around the corner and love is in the air. And like everything else people care about, love is on the internet. With dating sites, social networks and picture sharing, you can meet that special someone without ever leaving the house. But for those already in love and ready to take that next step, 21st century technology offers options to plan and shop for the big day. And of course, help spread the news of your nuptials and get all the pictures to grandma.

The first step for any reception is planning and many wedding-themed websites have made it easy. offers weekly videos, planning suggestions and even an iPhone application. Toronto-based iBride also has a downloadable application but theirs is a full wedding planner in your pocket, putting you in touch with vendors, allowing you bulk contact options and finding you quick price quotes.

No wedding would be complete without pictures. There are the ubiquitous, free photo sharing sites like Facebook and Flikr but for the technologically challenged relatives, many brides and grooms bridge the gap with a more traditional photo book. Luckily, today’s knot-tiers are not short of options there either. Photo companies now have online systems, allowing you to upload photos online, select options and create a fully personalized wedding photo book that the whole family will love.

For couples shipping to a lot of people or looking for a simpler way to view photos, many photo companies like Kodak or HP offer photo album DVDs. DVDs are usually customizable, allowing proud couples to add effects and wedding photo montages.

Some couples choose to chronicle their wedding experience by sharing their thoughts in online blogs or communities. With a slew of sites like Blogger or WordPress, you can easily create a wedding journal, allowing friends and family to watch your journey down the aisle as it unfolds.

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