Wire Your Wedding
Four high-tech tips to enhance your soiree.
Illustration by Delicatessen
Get clever with cameras
For panoramic shots even the best photographer can’t capture, consider purchasing a drone from Berkeley-based 3D Robotics. The IRIS+, an all-in-one performance drone, functions as an aerial camera crew. Have someone control the drone’s path in real time with GPS via an Android device, or draw a flight path ahead of time. You can even program the drone so it is always centered on the two of you. 3drobotics.com.
To keep with that Silicon Valley vibe, outfit the bride or groom with Google Glass. Place the wearable technology on the bride to record that sentimental but fleeting trip down the aisle, or on the groom to preserve the moment he first laid eyes on his blushing bride. Ask the officiate or a member of the wedding party to sport the specs if you want the couple to look picture perfect. google.com/glass.
Another way to capture the walk down the aisle is to stick a GoPro video camera inside the bride’s bouquet. Just make sure to remove it before she tosses the bouquet into the crowd of single ladies. gopro.com.
Crowdsource photos and videos
Disposable cameras are so, well, disposable. Create a hashtag for your guests to use when uploading photos to social media, or download Eventstagram to see a live feed of your guest’s photos. Or try WedPics, a photo-and video-sharing app that compiles shots from your guests into a personalized album for you and your honey to review later. eventstagr.am, wedpics.com.
Broadcast the big day
Even those who are ill or far away can witness the festivities, thanks to several online services that make it easy to broadcast in real time.
Ustream can live broadcast nuptials via mobile device, camera, or laptop webcam, allowing anyone with Internet access to get in on the action. Specialized sites such as I Do Stream employ professional videographers, who can bring the broadcasting equipment to you. If you want to do it yourself, they’ll provide you with step-by-step setup instructions. I Do Stream also sends an electronic invite to your loved ones so they know when and where to tune in. ustream.tv, idostream.com.
Create a DIY wedding app
It’s now easier than ever to build apps for special events.
Even technological neophytes can negotiate Yapp to select a theme, upload photos, and create pages including a guestbook. Guests who install your app can then find directions, review the schedule, upload photos to a live feed, and receive last-minute notifications, such as a change in venue due to weather. yapp.us.
If you’re looking for something created specifically for brides and grooms, try Appy Couple. This service lets you tell your love story, highlight your entourage, specify a dress code, highlight hotels for guests, and share other helpful info. The apps you create also function as websites, so even your grandma without a smart phone can get in on the fun. appycouple.com.