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Today’s brides and grooms are faced with an entire digital world to exploit while planning their big day. The internet has revolutionized wedding bells and everything that comes with them, from honeymoon funding to gift registries. The only thing the web can’t do is cure unfortunate dress choices, although social networks will certainly give you ideas for that tulle frock. If you finally have that diamond on your finger, you’re about to embark on a journey that has never been more thrilling.
Social networks let you go through dresses and décor in a fraction of the time brides used to spend traipsing through shopping malls. When you can view 60 posies a minute, you tend to come up with aesthetics that are incredibly unique. With the world’s best designers uploading photographs of the hours they spend at fashion shows and expos, you get to view the most ground-breaking and trendy looks without leaving your living room. Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest are decidedly easier to get to than that Paris dress designer you adore.
If you’re going to ramp up your budget to pay for that superlative cake you saw on Facebook, you’ll need to make sure your chef can get the job done well enough to meet your lofty standards. Online reviews let you roam the web in search of caterers, chefs, venues, and planners who have been independently reviewed by people just like you.
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Welcome to the bespoke wedding album, lined with photographs that have been precisely stylized by the couple themselves. With so many bridal photographs available online, you can not only find the photographer of your dreams, but also communicate what you want more easily. Whether you’re looking for candid pictures or photojournalistic images that tell the story of your day of romance, a simple Google image search is all you need to figure out your photographic taste.
With event standards soaring so high, your bank account can be put through significant strain. The internet solves that problem, too. Crowdfunding is all you need to drum up the dollars you need to make your budget swell. There are so many crowdfunding success stories that experts have been able to assess techniques to find the most effective way to run your campaign. Sharon Chayra managed to raise $10 000 for her honeymoon, and Katherine Donahue collected almost $3500. Crowdsourcing weddings don’t entail asking strangers for pocket money. Instead, email your friends and family your campaign page.
Would you like a newly kitted-out kitchen or a trip to Thailand? In days of yore, wedding gifts were usually small enough to fit into a wrapped and ribboned box, but the internet has changed that. Now, you can create a directory that lets your guests donate towards large items like vacations. Classes, housekeeping services, house downpayment funds, and babysitters can all be added to your list.
Instead of using snail mail to send out your individually-signed invitations, you can now use email. Wedding planners find that bridal couples often prefer to function via email as a time-saving device, and many set up websites or social media pages to keep guests informed about planning progress, the couple’s pre-wedding life, and the wedding itself. The ultimate result is an heirloom left in cyberspace for the kids to enjoy decades later.
In the past, the tension and stress of wedding planning were significant enough to drive the couple up the chapel walls. Today, planning for the big day can be as serene as the first day of your honeymoon.