Weddings have long been viewed in a very traditional manner. While some people certainly put their own twists on these traditions, very rarely do you see a wedding totally break out of the classic mold.
Until now, that is! This year, the wedding industry has been abuzz with some pretty unique and progressive high tech trends. Are you aware of them?
Five Trends to Keep an Eye On
Whether you’re getting married soon, have a child that’s engaged, plan on attending some weddings this fall, or are simply an entrepreneur who’s interested in new developments, you should find the following high-tech wedding trends intriguing.
- Drones for Photography and Videography
Wedding photography and videography has become a massive industry, with skilled photographers in high demand. But it’s no longer just your traditional camera setup. The technology is advancing with the times.
“Drones are definitely the hot topic in wedding photography and cinematography,” says Justine Fone, a cinematographer who began filming weddings roughly 14 years ago. “When we first started, it was just a camera and a tripod. But now it’s a camera and tripod, a slider, a jib, a crane, aerial shots.”
Fone says that about half of his customers ask about aerial footage for their weddings, and he isn’t the only one with curious clients. Brides and grooms from all over the country have seen the neat angles you can get with drones and curious about how they can implement them in their own events.
- Online Vendor Selection
One area of wedding planning that’s scaled dramatically over the past few years is online vendor selection. Many couples are now bypassing in-person consultations and are actually vetting vendors entirely online. These include florists, catering companies, and even bands.
Take Houston-based band The Grooves as an example. They use a landing page like this to book a healthy percentage of their gigs. With a high quality video sampling of their work, many people feel comfortable enough to book without even hearing them in person.
- Wearables That Track Movements
Wearable technology is becoming more and more popular. Some couples are even finding unique ways to integrate wearables into their big day. By wearing a simple device, you can track your movements and heart rate – which is a pretty neat to look back on. You can actually answer the question, “How fast was your heart beating when…?”
- 3D Printed Decorations
One of the most highly anticipated technology developments in recent years is the 3D printer. And as 3D printing technology becomes cheaper and more readily available, many couples are actually using 3D-printed decorations as a cheap and stylish alternative to traditional décor elements. Some companies are even perfecting 3D food items, which allows for the possibility of unique wedding cakes and appetizers for high-budget events.
- Live Streaming for Missing Guests
No matter what date you select for your wedding and how far in advance you plan the big day, it’s impossible to get everyone to show up. Something will inevitably come up and you’ll be left missing some close friends or family members. Well, with live streaming technology you can still include them.
Using a tool like Facebook Live, Periscope, or Skype, you can include people in your wedding experience, regardless of where they are. This is perfect for out-of-state (or international) guests.
Something Old, Something New…
As the old wedding saying goes, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” Well, in the case of recent weddings, the “something new” aspect is really being emphasized.
While traditional wedding practices will always be around, it looks like millennials are creating their own high-tech traditions.