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.