While weddings often draw heavily on tradition and ritual, there’s a few newer touches that have shaped celebrations, for better or for worse, in the 21st century.
• The wedding website has become a go-to space to communicate for many couples. With many free or paid options to choose from, “it’s really replaced the packet of information that would come your way,” said Lizzie Post of the Emily Post Institute.
A website can be a great way to save on paper costs (and is environmentally friendly), but keep your less tech-inclined guests in mind, and print out some information for those who might not have easy access to your site.
• Smartphones can be equal parts sweet and sour on your big day.
“It’s fascinating on the one hand,” Lizzie said, “everyone can join in, and everyone can share.” Candid photos and fun snaps can capture bits of the wedding that you may have missed otherwise, and you can easily include guests from afar through video chats and texts.
However, a sea of smartphones may not be what brides and grooms want to look out and see while they’re tying the knot, and guests could miss out on reality while staring through a tiny screen.
Think about what kind of experience you want for yourself and your guests, and know it’s OK to ask people to turn off their tech, tone it down or snap happily away.