Wedding planning made easier with newest technology

Gone are the days of endless phone calls and research, visiting myriad venues before picking “the one” or poring over book after book of photographer’s samples.

Gone are the days of endless phone calls and research, visiting myriad venues before picking “the one” or poring over book after book of photographer’s samples.

Our modern world offers opportunities for tech-savvy couples to save time and money — and eliminate waste — while planning their wedding day.

Technology allows today’s weddings to be more creative then ever, with less effort. And couples are able to reduce their event’s budget and carbon footprint, making this technological wedding trend chic and here to stay.

Planning made easy

A spiral-bound notebook filled with inspiration has been replaced with online organizers and smartphone applications.

The Knot, a popular wedding-planning website, offers everything from weekly live shows online to iPhone and facebook applications.

“Part of our flagship brand is providing couples with community, planning tools, wedding websites and access to registry,” says Rebecca Crumley, photo director at The Knot.

Toronto-based iBride offers a full-scale wedding planner online and as a downloadable application.

After you answer a few questions, iBride’s system requests quotes from all selected vendors on your behalf, a definite time-saver for couples pricing various wedding services.

See you online

Many free wedding websites are available to help couples provide their guests with wedding details and updates. These personalized sites create the “feel” of the special day long before it happens, sharing a couple’s love story in addition to the day’s details.

“Instead of just posting general wedding website information, engaged couples are actually polling guests on wedding-day activities (from what to wear to what to play music-wise),” Crumley says.

Some couples are even sending out video save-the-dates in lieu of mailed notices, she added.

Share the day

The popularity of social networking and wedding blogs means images are shared more than ever before. Some couples even release photos during their wedding day.

“One of the growing trends TheKnot.com is noticing is actually having a photographer immediately post a slideshow of ceremony images, literally minutes after the ceremony is over, for guests to view during the cocktail hour and reception.”

In the past, couples often hired both a photographer and a videographer, but with new cameras shooting both still and video, skilled photographers can offer their clients a brilliant fusion of photography and video, Crumley says.