by KAHLA PRESTON
So you’ve organised your dress, the photographer and the bombonieres.
Next on the list? The exact wording of your official wedding hashtag, of course. Better get it right, because as the oft-quoted proverb goes: if it isn’t trending on Twitter by the end of the night, your marriage is doomed forever.
That’s right, brides and grooms-to-be: whether you like it or not, social media is gatecrashing the party. As New York Magazine reports, couples are finding tech-savvy ways to #tietheknot, and it seems there’s a digital alternative for almost every part of the process.
1. Appily married
Apps like Appy Couple allow brides and grooms to provide guests with all the necessary details for their big day, including the gift registry, venue maps and their couple “story” (a tad self-indulgent, no?). Personalised wedding websites and blogs have also become a popular way to keep guests updated on wedding developments.
When it comes to the actual invitations, however, the jury is out on whether a digital version is acceptable . A Facebook event page or app notification just isn’t quite the same as a pretty parchment envelope, is it?
2. Wedding #hashtags.
Gone are the days of the grainy photo and announcement in the local paper.
Now, this hype can be self-generated using a personalised Twitter hashtag – even the Royal Wedding had one. After all, there’s nothing more romantic and intimate than having guests live-Tweet your wedding to several hundred perfect strangers.
Personally, I find this phenomenon a little puzzling. Why aren’t these people using their free hand to grab a third slice of wedding cake instead?
3. From “I do” to “iDo”.
Not even the altar is immune from technology. According to NY Magazine it’s becoming increasingly common for brides and grooms, and their ministers/celebrants, to read their vows from the screen of a tablet or smartphone.
For those who suffer from writer’s block, there are even apps available to guide the vow-writing process.
It doesn’t stop there. Many couples also take a moment to pull out their phones and update their relationship status on Facebook… seconds after their first kiss as husband and wife (see pic). As we all know, major life events are only official if they’re Facebook Official – why even bother with vows?